Thank you, Lynn Friedman for Getting Me Back on the Blog!

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Thank you Lynn Friedman, 

for Getting Me Back on the Blog!



Every once in a while, our blogging gets interrupted by some of Life's Adventures. You may have noticed my blogs have been few and far between for a while. With all the birthdays in our family in November, Holidays in both November and December, much of my blogging time was interrupted.

As most of you know, I dabble in art, on occasion. (Lol)  Seriously though, I had someone approach me in September, when I was in the middle of painting the Elkhart Train depot for the Midwest Museum o American Art exhibition that ran from September to December.  He wanted me to paint a Christmas present for his wife, who works at the Morris Performing Arts Center, in South Bend.  Her favorite play is "Wicked" which played there in September, 2016.  During the advertising, they dyed the fountain green, so he wanted a painting of the theatre with her favorite play on the marquee and the green fountain. Since his daughter was married at the Morris this past year, he wanted that shown, along with something for his son, who was in the Marines and his daughter, who was a member of the Screen Actors Guild. In addition, he wanted his wife in the painting, walking toward the building.

During all this time, I was torn away from Active Rain and my regular amount of blogging, so when Lynn B. Friedman announced her January Challenge, it was just what I needed to renew my interest and drive to get back into my usual blogging habit.

I'm glad Active Rain, thanks to Debbie Reynolds, who was instrumental in bringing back this valuable part of our family environment.  I was able to finish the painting just before Christmas and was also able to sell and close a sale on a home before the end of the year. 

Now to share this time with you, here is a photo of the Theatre and of the finished painting.



Thank you Lynn for helping me get back on track!  

This will be the first blog for her contest challenge!



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Elkhart, St Joseph, LaGrange and Kosciusko Counties, in Indiana

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Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

You are such a talented artist. I bet you could get all kinds of business if you offered to do a miniature of the house with each sale. I am not sure if that would pass the incentive test with the state because of how valuable that would be dollarwise. You did a great job on this one. Offers will continue.

Jan 08, 2017 07:13 PM #1
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi Larry - as always she pictures of places are full of life.  Debbie is right, you could get lots of business if you including a painting.

Jan 08, 2017 07:22 PM #2
MichelleCherie Carr Crowe Just Call...408-252-8900
Get Results Team...Just Call (408) 252-8900! . DRE #00901962 . Licensed to Sell since 1985 . Altas Realty - San Jose, CA
Family Helping Families Buy & Sell Homes 40+ Years

Isn't it wonderful when people come alongside you with encouragement like Lynn.

Jan 08, 2017 07:22 PM #3
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Larry

I always enjoy your interpretations and this one is no exception. They are so much more interesting than the originals!

I think Debbie Reynolds has a great idea!

I'm looking forward to Lynn's challenge, as I do each year!


Jan 08, 2017 07:36 PM #4
Nathan Gesner
American West Realty and Management - Cody, WY
Broker / Property Manager

At least you were gone for good reasons and not bad health or some other negative. Nice painting and welcome back!

Jan 08, 2017 08:07 PM #5
Lynn B. Friedman
Atlanta Homes ODAT Realty Call/Text 404-939-2727 Buckhead - Midtown - Westside -- and more ... - Atlanta, GA
Concierge Service for Our Atlanta Sellers & Buyers

Larry Johnston 
On AR --- you paint with words! Thanks for coming back to share yur thoughts with us ---Lynn

PS Hi to your sweet wife!

Jan 08, 2017 09:11 PM #6
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Good morning Larry.  Your paintings never cease to amaze me in the transformation you bring

Jan 09, 2017 03:23 AM #7
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

Larry you are truly a talented painter and this last one is a doozy. I'm envious since I can't draw a stick figure well.

Jan 09, 2017 06:47 AM #8
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Larry. You are much more than a dabbler. I love your work and this one is certainly special.

Jan 09, 2017 07:58 AM #9
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Larry my friend you do much more than dabble in painting, you are an excellent Artist.  That painting is amazing, and I have no doubt you will be right back in the swing of blogging very quickly.

Jan 09, 2017 04:15 PM #11
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Larry love the paintings you share with us here and funny you had to do a Wicked Theme... Diane loved the play and needless to say we have soundtracks, and she has a T-shirt of course:)) glad you are back and I want to know when will you publish your book about all the paintings you did?, Endre

Jan 09, 2017 09:40 PM #12
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Larry, I am sure the man's wife loved her Christmas present. Great job a always.

Jan 11, 2017 06:27 PM #13
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Larry Johnston  So glad  Lynn B. Friedman  does this contest every year members do not realize how much Google juice they will receive from these posts that they do from this contest . So glad you are back love this post and your art

Jan 11, 2017 06:56 PM #14
Evelyn Johnston
Friends & Neighbors Real Estate - Elkhart, IN
The People You Know, Like and Trust!

I should have recorded Jim's face (the husband who ordered the painting) when he first saw the painting...he cried.  For about 30 minutes. He said he knew what he was looking for, and tried to explain it to Larry.  BUT the actual painting, and Larry's interpretation of what he wants was soooo much more. It was so much better than he hoped for or imagined it would be.  Then he took it home and presented to his wife.  She cried too...

Jan 12, 2017 07:31 PM #15
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