Thursday, November 3, 2011
Paint brush keeps him busy
By SUE WATSON
Local artist and writer Tom Dulaney was guest speaker at a recent Friends of the Library meeting. He provided lots of jokes, many examples of his artwork, some history of his life experiences and a view into his inner life.
Dulaney taught art and history for 30 years at Itawamba. One of his students was his present employer, George Poteet of Holly Springs.
He writes songs with two recorded and one in a song book. He is an author of one book and wants to write another before he is done.
But his main creative work goes into painting.
Dulaney said simply, “If you can handle a paint brush, you can stay busy.”
He’s painted 65 pictures this year alone, after stopping mid-season to keep the grass cut at Poteet’s farm.
Dulaney gets lots of commissions for certain pictures and has a backlog of 15 to catch up with. He does college mascots and other collegiate-type themes that are hot items with Alabama, Mississippi State and other fans. Another of his favorites is painting the magnolia blossom. He also paints wildlife scenes – deer being a favorite with the men.
Dulaney has lots of energy for lots of activities.
He has painted one of his boss’ cars – George Poteet is a collector.
He paints the American eagle and then odd things such as optical illusions, and sketches that look like one thing when held one way and like another when turned upside down.
Of optical illusions, he said, “They get your head messed up, if you don’t watch it.”
His presentation is a blend of jokes, pictures, and spiritual wisdom and odd ironies.
“When you have more memories than you have dreams, your life’s over,” he said.
One of his keepers is a squirrel in a magnolia tree and a butterfly on the blossom, which he said he intends to pass on to his son. Speaking of his success as an artist, he said, “The Good Lord will bless you out of the clear blue.”
His new book “Bet You Can’t Read Just One,” will be a book of jokes, quotes, and illustrations.
Dulaney discussed a lot of irony about the assassination of Presidents Lincoln and Kennedy – 100 years apart.
He also presented some odd data about the Bible, the middle chapter being Psalms 118, he said, the longest chapter being Psalms 119.
Some ideas he closed with included the following:
• mend a quarrel today.
• search out a forgotten friend.
• write a letter to someone who misses you.
• encourage your youth who has lost faith.
• forget old grudges.
• keep a promise.
• express your gratitude.
• tell someone you love them. Tell ’em again. Tell ’em again. Tell ’em again.
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