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“The Grumpy Kid”



by David Roelofs 9/13/17

We went to The Dutchess County Fair a few weeks ago, and I snapped a picture of this kid near one of the food booths. I don’t think he was particularly mad about anything; he just looked like a cute little kid eating a snack, but just as I snapped the picture his expression changed.  I don’t know if he just didn’t like to have his picture taken or what, but he does look pissed!

I did this one with the airbrush.  I did it more for practice than anything else, but I really could not resist his expression.  It was one of those “lucky” shots.

So… What’s next?  I have a few ideas for upcoming artwork, but if you have any ideas as to what you might like to see, i.e., celebrities, animals, etc, please let me know in the comments below, and thanks for checking out my blog.

Bethlehem Fair Results


by David Roelofs 9/10/17

Winner-1I entered my three portraits into the Bethlehem Fair this past weekend.  After my sweeping success last weekend at Goshen, I was pretty confident of this week’s results.  Read about it (here).

Paris Street Pilot got the Best of Show this time, and a surprising People’s Choice Award.  Migrant Mother got another blue ribbon, while Braveheart received a second place.  This one got a blue ribbon last week, which just goes to show how different judges have different tastes.  It also depends on a different group of entries from one fair to another.














Well, I’ve got one more fair that I’m entering this year.  That will be the Harwinton Fair in Harwinton, Connecticut.  This happens in the beginning of October.  I’ll probably enter the same three pictures, however, I’m just finishing up a portrait of a “Grumpy Little Kid”; perhaps I’ll enter him just to see what happens.  Look for a post on this new portrait in the next few days.  Please follow this blog to receive notifications of future postings.

A Blue Ribbon Winner!

Hey! Hey! Hey! We did it! I entered 3 pix in a local fair and got a blue on my pen and ink “Steam Tractor”! 1 out of 3… Hmmm… I guess I’ll have to try harder next year. 😊 

I really had my hopes up for “Consolation”, but no dice.   

My latest piece,”Chicken Staredown” didn’t fare any better.  

  I had my doubts about that one, but since it had a chicken in it, I thought it had a chance as it had somewhat of a fair theme to it. Tough judges. 😊  Anyway, I didn’t walk away empty-handed.  

I still have one more local fair to try, and that’s in October.  I’ve got an ace up my sleeve for that one:

“The Old Fisherman”

I should have entered him in this fair and I bet he would have done well.  We’ll see how he does in October. 

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