Deloney shares insight with budding artists

first_img Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Published 3:11 pm Friday, February 12, 2010 You Might Like Cupid will brave the snow for Valentine’s Day KRISTINA VISE Snow is not the only thing in the air this weekend. Valentine’s Day is Sunday, and the chilly… read more Print Article Latest Stories Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Skip Deloney shares insight with budding artists By The Penny Hoarder By Jaine Treadwell Book Nook to reopen Jack Deloney might have cut his teeth on the farm, but he’s made his mark in the world with a paintbrush.Deloney of Ozark is recognized as one of the top Southern watercolor artists working today. He attracted a packed house at the Colley Senior Complex on Thursday as guest speaker for the Art Guild’s quarterly meeting.“I grew up on a farm,” Deloney said. “We had chickens and a milk cow and always a big garden to tend.” Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson “I’d never even read a book about art,” he said, laughing.As Deloney began to doodle in a more serious manner, he found that there were some things he could do good and others he could not do as good.He realized that he could learn from other artists and that it was possible to make a little money producing art. He learned about limited edition prints and started to participate in street shows.“I became a street show junkie,” Deloney said. As a young boy, Deloney took mental snapshots of life of the farm, from his granddaddy sitting on the swing under the pecan tree to gathering peanuts in the field. From these images he doodled up an interest in art.“Back then, you took aptitude tests to find out what career would best suit you,” Deloney said. “The test didn’t indicate that I could be an engineer and build bridges, but it did show that I had an interest in art.”Although he was a doodler, Deloney had never read an art book. He attended Troy University and honed his artistic talents under the tutelage of Alice Thornton and Ed Walter.He found work as an illustrator at Fort Rucker and became obsessed with art.“In an unconscious manner, I was moving toward a career in art,” he said.“Visions of my childhood began coming to me: shanties, mules, farm implements, syrup making. I had cut my teeth on the farm and it became a part of my art. And, God gave me the strength to work and improve.“When God gives you a talent, it’s not handed to you on a silver platter. You have to work at it and I’ve worked at it.”Deloney is not painting as much as he once did.“I’m in kind of a slump but I’m anxious to get motivated,” he said. “I’m ready to get the juices flowing again. Because art is what I do and my heart is in it.” Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies Are… Sponsored Content Email the author Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Acid Reflux (Watch Now)Healthy LifestyleIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthRemember Them? I’m Sure Their New Net Worth Will Leave You SpeechlessbradofoThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more