Art GALLERY 14     
Rush Artistic Productions
                                               A Native Texan's Unique Talent
Most Recent Update:  August 2018
WWII Veteran Charlie Goss, "Gunner Mate 2nd Class"    16"x20" Watercolor on 140lb Cold Press.  Charlie volunteered to serve in the U.S.
Navy during 1951 - 1955.  He was part of a 600 man crew aboard this 679 Ft. long CL145 Light Cruiser with six Twin-Mounted .47 Cal Guns and
fifteen 350 Twin Open Mounts.  This great ship had 4 Screws and could cruise at 33 Knots.  They patrolled throughout the Caribbean and
Mediterranean, including Panama, Trinidad, Jamaica and Genoa Italy.  At end of his tour of duty he studied Electric Hydraulics in Bainbridge, MD.
Nothing like LIBERTY.  Here are some of Charlie's mates in 1954 headed to shore.  Probably all going to church.
2547 Cartwright Rd, Missouri City,
Texas 77459, (281) 499-5214
Charlie and his son Roland know
their business and are real great
characters worth meeting.   The
range of Electronics they deal with
goes far beyond Car Stereo
Installation, CB Radios, and
Television repairs.   There is
nothing 'too Old' or 'too New' for
this team to work on.  Motor Cops in
the Gulf Coast area love these
dependable guys!  Happy Customer
Reviews are many and you can read
them on YELP.   And if you just want
to go in and visit with Charlie....
sure to leave your P.C. outside.
ORIGINAL 'LAYOUT':  For Art Students -
there is no way to emphasize just how important
your original Layout, or Draft Sketch, is to your
finished painting.  If the Layout is wrong - your
painting will scream "WRONG", whether Portrait,
Still Life, or a Scene .  Sometimes it is necessary to
make multiple Drafts.  This one is done in India
Ink Wash and black ink pen.  
Use pencil or
charcoal until accomplished enough to use Ink.
Title "OBLIGATIONS FULFILLED":  [Watercolor, 16x20 Fluid Watercolor Paper, 140 Lb. Cold Press Finish (crafted in
European Mill since 1618).  The Medium is
SAVOIR FAIRE Gouache, a concentrated watercolor which makes it heavier and more opaque
when rendering' small details' and small lettering with
Faber-Castell Albrecht Dürer Watercolor Pencils.  Most brushes are 'da vinci' NOVA

The distinguished gentleman on the left is Sr. FBI Agent Ralph Harp (Ret); the one on your right, juggling the two large
Award Plaques, is former FBI Director (and Judge) William Sessions.  Among Agent Harp's many Bureau assignments, he
was a first-line Hostage Negotiator.  Along the way, he had the fantastic opportunity to study among London Police and
follow Sherlock Holmes throughout Scotland Yard.  In 1992 Agent Harp inherited a highly responsible duty of qualifying
Texas Peace Officers seeking to attend the prestigious National Training Academy in Quantico, Virginia.  'On Call' at all
times, Agents find themselves posted across the nation and around the world for a wide variety of critical assignments;
Ralph (an ex Army Military Policeman) was dispatched from Houston, Texas Headquarters in April of 1995 to investigate
the infamous Oklahoma City Bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building which left 168 people dead and hundreds
injured.  Ralph and fellow Investigators conducted more than 28,000 interviews, followed 43,000 leads, compiled 3.5 tons
of evidence and reviewed nearly a billion pieces of information..  Throughout, Ralph was a steady Husband, Father,
Neighbor and FRIEND.
NOTE:  I was not present at the above depicted ceremony and no photograph exists to my knowledge.  So it is with full exercise of Artistic License that I painted this ceremony as it
certainly should have appeared to reward this honorable Career Public Servant.
WORDING ON NEAREST AWARD:   "National Society Of Professional Hostage Negotiations, Inc;.  Presents to Ralph P. Harp this Public Service Award
in recognition of his skills, dedication, honesty and integrity in prosecuting and deterring Crimes Against Persons and Property.  September 5, 1995
POWERFUL LESSON FOR ART STUDENTS and COLLECTORS:   Quality Artwork is a wonderful thing to behold, produce, or possess.   And the conversion of a mental Concept to a
physical Painting is seldom without major stress, alteration, and sometimes even total failure.  Never forget that anytime anything looks
" easy" it generally reflects decades of grinding work and
vast experience.  Few accomplished/professional Artists will confess this and go to great lengths to maintain an air of being the flawless Master.  Images (a) & (b) illustrate my point;  Lesson (a) shows
the FIRST Painting nearing completion back in April - while Lesson (b)  is how all that time and work ended up on the Studio floor!  
Reason?  When carefully removing a strip of Masking Tape a large
section of the heavy watercolor paper pulled away with the tape!!!  IRREPARABLE!   
Tore painting up and started all over again.   On the second production, the one Posted above, an avoidable
accident almost put it on the floor too.   Unknowingly, the heal of my right hand had made contact with a mixed 'skin tone' for Agent Harp's face and it was transferred onto the painting in the black
background between his head and the FBI Emblem.   NEVER ALLOW THIS TO HAPPEN.   Close examination shows that I managed to restore this - but - it took a full day of alternating applications
and drying, being careful not to destroy the surface of the watercolor paper.  STAY FOCUSED.  You can never relax until your painting is delivered and displayed safely in a controlled environment.
SOURCE PHOTO :  Circa 1993 - 1995, Agent
Harp in casual setting with Bureau colleagues
"A Picture is worth WHAT?"   [English language-idiom]