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Artist James Hood completes oil painting in 30 minutes at Center event

By February 4, 2011No Comments


Artist James Hood completes this oil painting in 30 minutes using the quick-study, wet-on-wet painting technique.

Self-taught artist James Hood of McCreary County demonstrated the wet-on-wet oil painting technique made popular by legendary art instructor Bob Ross at a “Meet-the-Artist” reception on Feb. 3 to introduce his new art exhibit on display at The Center for Rural Development in Somerset.

Hood, a certified-Bob Ross instructor, finished an oil painting of a waterfall in around 30 minutes following this quick-study painting technique characterized by the use of painting knives and oversized paint brushes.

The demonstration was part of a free pre-show event, sponsored by Clear Channel Lake Cumberland and Sonny’s Bar-B-Q, prior to the opening of the Center Stage performance of the Broadway musical, “The Music Man,” held later that night in The Center’s theatre.

Several of Hood’s original oil paintings—all landscapes—are on display in the visual arts gallery in The Center’s front lobby and will remain there through March 3.

Hood and his artwork were introduced to the community at a reception hosted by Lake Cumberland Performing Arts in partnership with The Center.

Southwestern High School choir, under the direction of Dan Carpenter, performs at pre-show event.

During the pre-show event, members of Southwestern High School Choir, under the direction of Dan Carpenter, entertained guests with a selection of musical numbers.