Turning 80 in June

April 3rd, 2016
I have been very fortunate. I have never had to work very long at a job I did not like. I loved the Air Force, loved the Calif Highway, Patrol, enjoyed being a DMV Investigator, and it was fantastic being a Cal-Trans Investigator.—and Being a Private Investigator had its thrills—BUT— chasing (buying and selling) art and pottery of the Deep South was unbelieveable! I made so many lasting relationships–so many people I miss so much! Folks, I’ve had such a wonderous life! I am so thankful!—ol’Roff–turning 80 (And I think my wife and oldest daughter Wendy are going to throw me a birthday party)

Play It Forward

March 22nd, 2016
I have been ill fora few days and I have been trying to get our flower garden (back yard) back into shape.—Here is what I would like. First, I will no longer take specific subject requests such as a horse, etc. I will gladly paint or make a sign for anyone who is requesting one but I will expect that person to play it forward. If you lack funds you can give whatever you can.give–remember the “Widow’s Might”? I just want it to play forward.—-I am glad you like my work–makes me still feel wothwhile!–olRoff

Troubled Waters

February 24th, 2016
Each and every one of us get into troubled waters. You can always tell when an artist is. All you have to do is to look at their art. Here is “Even In Troubled Waters”.

Tom

January 29th, 2016

I had a customer in Lodi who bought good Early American furniture from me. One day he helped me carry in a large painting from Annie Tolliver. I’d been on a buying trip to the South. Roff,Tom asked,”What kind of person would buy an ugly painting like this?” Tom, I said, let’s talk. You have two homes –a beautiful home in Lodi and a 2nd home in Fort Bragg Tom, you have a nice Landscape or Seascape painting hanging behind your couches. Is that not true?” Tom agreed that it was. I said, “Now Tom, if you had a painting like this people wouild talk forever!” Tom said nothing. He wandered around the gallery and then said bye. The next time I went into the gallery there was a envelope with a nice check enclosed as a “hold” on a Outsider painting he had seen. Tom continued as a customer until I got sick and had to close. i miss him.–olRoff

Let Me Tell You What It Is All About

January 21st, 2016

This driftwood sign is a keeper. I wish you could see the knot-eye in the wood. And it reminds of of some people I have me,”Let Me Tell You What It Is All About.”

Elvis by Edwin Jeffrey Jr

January 20th, 2016

Yesterday at about 7:30pm the door bell rang. UPS was delivering this wonderful gift to me by the Award Winning Carver, Edwin Jeffrey Jr. It is hand carved 8″ x23″ x 1″ Cherry Wood. It is “Elvis”. Thank you so much Edwin! It is loved!

Blue Flowers on Orange

January 17th, 2016
Finished painting this one earlier today “Blue Flowers on Orange”–heck, I forgot about the little skunk–love skunks!

My Heaven

December 27th, 2015

During my career as an Investigator, both State of California and a PI, I would enter into the world of the case I was working on and try to place outside problems aside. I find myself doing the same with my garage studio. When I enter there outside problems seem to remain outside. I won’t let them in. When and if I do, the problems will appear in the work I am doing.—I always say, “My heaven is working in the studio with the door open to the house. There I can hear Alleney and our African Grey, Sweetie talking, occasionally singing. ” That is my heaven!–olRoff

4 Signs

December 23rd, 2015

Off to hunt for Gidget. I have written about her before. I am going to show you four signs I just completed. One is for Gidget. Hopefully I can find her in time for Christmas. I will have one other to give away . Two are spoken for. Please note these are pieces of driftwood from Lake Ontario. It takes at least three or four days to complete a sign. Each sign has 3 or 4 coats of 1-Shot Enamel paint. Weather will not affact the paint–should last for years, inside or out.–I love making and giving the signs. Hopefully I can spread them through Lodi.
With each sign going to the homeless there will be an envelope with some cash inside. The envelope will be taped to the sign.

My Dilemma

December 23rd, 2015

Here is my dilemma–I would like everyone who wants a painting or sign to have one. I hate to charge because many people can hardly afford food much less a painting. I have tried hard to figure this out. I just need help. (1) I could put a price (but I don’t want to) and say, “Pay this amount or what you can afford.” or I can say (2) “Give something to someone in need, any amount you can afford”. Perhaps the second is best. I anticipate my 11 year old Great-grandson Jaden will be joining me in painting. It wimll probably change then.–olRoff