Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Arts and Cultural Alliance of Knoxville, TN

Can't Wait! 
P.E.N. Studio will be attending with a very special guest! 

For more information or to become a member of the Alliance > Link

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Art blART ! - Did you know.....

........that a third of Michelangelo's drawings contain his handwriting? 
Michelangelo produced one of the most exquisite collections of drawings the art world has ever known, but did you know that a third of his drawings also contain his handwriting--everything from poetry to letters to throwaway memos? Hear Professor Leonard Barkan discuss the new Michelangelo who emerges when attention is paid to the draftsmanship and the poetry, the doodles and the scribbles.
Michelangelo’s studies for the Libyan Sibyl

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Art blART! - What your car color says about YOU!

What Your Car Color Says About You

  Based on the DuPont Automotive rankings of most popular automotive colors in North America,  
  here’s what Color Answer Book author Leatrice Eiseman says vehicles are revealing about their
  owners’ personalities:

  • Silver: Elegant, loves futuristic looks, cool
  • White: Fastidious
  • Vibrant Red: Sexy, speedy, high-energy and dynamic
  • Light to Mid-Blue: Cool, calm, faithful, quiet
  • Dark Blue: Credible, confident, dependable
  • Taupe/Light Brown: Timeless, basic and simple tastes
  • Black: Empowered, not easily manipulated, loves elegance, appreciates classics
  • Neutral Gray: Sober, corporate, practical, pragmatic
  • Dark Green: Traditional, trustworthy, well-balanced
  • Bright Yellow-Green: Trendy, whimsical, lively
  • Yellow Gold: Intelligent, warm, loves comfort and will pay for it
  • Sunshine Yellow: Sunny disposition, joyful and young at heart
  • Deep Brown: Down-to-earth, no-nonsense
  • Orange: Fun loving, talkative, fickle and trendy
  • Deep Purple: Creative, individualistic, original

Read more: What Your Car Color Says About You

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Art blART! Atta' Girl Jean - Passing the Torch!

October marked 61 years of everyone’s favorite comic strip ’Peanuts’!

The great and famous author of the “Peanuts” comic strip, Charles M. Schulz, began his life on November 26, 1922. He was born in Minneapolis, MN to Carl and Dena Schulz. As a child, he discovered that he had a talent for drawing and a love for comics. He and his father had a weekly ritual of reading the comics every Sunday in the paper. When Schulz attended kindergarten, his teacher told him, “Someday, Charles, you’re going to be an artist.”

 As of February 27th, Universal UClick will begin syndication of Peanuts. As the changeover of syndication between United Feature Syndicate and Universal UClick occurs, some newspapers are using this as an opportunity to ask readers if they want to keep the Peanuts strip. The response from Peanuts fans has been an overwhelming, "Yes!"

For more reactions from fans, here is a link to a Yuma, Arizona newspaper's column on the subject: Peanuts Opinion

It is a wonderful confirmation that Sparky's work is universal, timeless, and continues to be important to his fans. —Jean Schulz 


Jean Schulz, center, widow of Charles Schulz, rubs noses with Snoopy in front of a portrait of Peanuts creator Charles M. Schulz at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington. Estrellita Karsh, wife of photographer Yousuf Karsh, is at right. (Courtesy of MSN - Today the Arts)

Happy Thanksgiving! 

Sparky Links:
► Peanuts Comics
Snoopy's Home
Schulz family plans future
Charles M. Schultz Museum
Jean Schulz On 60 Years of "Peanuts"
Jeannie Schulz, the cartoonist's widow, said she often hears from people at the Charles M. Schulz Museum in Santa Rosa, Calif., about how well the characters reflect their own feelings. That may be a key to the Peanuts' longevity, she said."Reading Peanuts got people through really tough times in their childhoods," she said. "I think it's mirroring their feelings that life is tough, knowing somebody else is in the same boat as they — and yet having hope."

 "Until people change. Until they take a pill to become perfect people and all have perfectly balanced personalities ... I think he's given them a touchstone," she said. "He's given them something to let them know that they're all right. ≈ Jean Schultz

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

River City Red

“Wine is a constant proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.”
Benjamin Franklin

River City Red
Mixed Media - 18" X 30"

Tactile/textured fabstract for the visually impaired. 
My sister is deaf and legally blind so I have incorporated
the word 'wine' in braille with wine bottle cork slices. 


Art from the ♥ of East Tennessee ♥
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River City Red needs a new forever home!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Commission - Cherokee Maiden Sunset

Peace and happiness are available in every moment.  Peace is every step. We shall walk hand in hand. There are no political solutions to spiritual problems. Remember: If the Creator put it there, it is in the right place. The soul would have no rainbow if the eyes had no tears.  ≈ Native American Saying

Cherokee Maiden Sunset
Commission - Sold

Art from the ♥ of East Tennessee ! ♥
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Thursday, October 20, 2011

For the Love of Golf

To create one's world in any of the arts takes courage.
Georgia O'Keeffe

One of the greatest challenges and joys of being an artist is taking what you have at hand and using it in one of your creations.  "For the Love of Golf" was so much fun to create!

Reduce, Reuse and Re-UPcylce

Art from the he♥rt of East Tennessee
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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

National Juried Art Exhibition - Call to Arts

From the Art Alliance of Knoxville, TN

We hope you will consider submitting your artwork – and please share with any artists you think may be interested in this upcoming opportunity! 

National Juried Exhibition – Postmark deadline: Saturday, October 29
The Arts & Culture Alliance of Greater Knoxville announces a call for entries for its National Juried Exhibition of 2011. The National Juried Exhibition was developed to provide a forum for artists to compete on a national scale and display their work. Approximately 40-50 traditional and non-traditional works will comprise the exhibition in the main gallery of the Emporium Center in downtown Knoxville, Tennessee from December 12, 2011 - January 27, 2012.

Juror: Neely Hyde. Holding both a Bachelor and a Master of Fine Arts degree in media art from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, Hyde's professional arts background includes working for art galleries and magazines in New York City, teaching film and art appreciation UT and Roane State and working as the Director of Exhibits and Media Arts for the Association for Visual Arts. Hyde is currently serving as the 2011 instructor and visiting artist for the AVA Reel Stories Documentary Project, teaching video classes and workshops, working as a commercial photographer in Chattanooga, and exhibiting her fine art photography around the region. 


Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Pictures - A Universal Language

   From the book: 

Pictures, a Universal Language 
"Pictures are not only a strong but a universal language. The human race is divided into almost as many languages as there are nations, but the pictures may speak of people of all tongues. We say that children are fond of pictures, but notice any man when he takes up a book, and you will see that the first thing that he looks at is the picture. Have only those in your house that appeal to the better nature. "

Today's Painting

Mocha Music needs a new forever home! 
Art from the of East Tennessee
Thanks for Visiting!

Thomas De Witt Talmage
Links:Wiki Talmage 

Friday, October 7, 2011

DeSoto - DeART!

Visting a few local arts and crafts fair recently, I happened to stumble across this DeSoto parked off the beaten path. 

After looking through some images of DeSoto's this looks to be from 1940-1949 What a tank!
Interesting Links:  ► National DeSoto Club   ► Wiki DeSoto ► 1940-1949 DeSoto Automobile

P.E.N. Studio's - DeSoto DeART !

DeSoto - Go VOLS! - Mixed Media
Pastel, Pen, Ink, Watercolor, a splash of creativity and a whole lot of heART!
© P.E.N. Studio - P. Neal Thanks for Visiting!
(Prints available - Re-mail for details)

Art from the of East Tennessee

Tuesday, September 27, 2011


My Geeky Genius suggested that I paint a series of Hearts. Per his suggestion P.E.N. Studio presents "Pop Hearts". 12x12 - Acrylic on a Masonite Panel Substrate. Sealed with triple coats of a UVB protectant so that it may be hung in direct sun light without fear of fading. They can even be hung outdoors on a covered patio or porch.

PoP HeART #14 - © P.E.N. Studio - Affordable Art from the HeART of East Tennessee! Thanks for Visiting!

Monday, June 6, 2011

TSD - Art blART ! - Tennessee School for the Deaf

eXpressions !!



 Oil Pastels on Paper
and Mat Board 

 Visual Journals 

 Check out the awesome student art!
Mono Prints 

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Are you a Gal that was raised in Tennessee?

Do you have True Grit?
Are you a Girl Raised in Tennessee?

Get your True Grit T Here!

Jimmi - Purple Haze

Purple Tones are not noticable in the pics...
Another Semi-Tacticle Painting for the Visually Impaired

New Art at the Blue Slip Winery
Art from the ♥ of Tennessee ♥

??? Say What ??? P.E.N. spelled 'Jimi' wrong......Yep!
(click on the images for a larger view)
Jimmi needs a new forever home ☺

Jimmi Now has a new FOREVER HOME ♥
Enjoy Jacob!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Father's Day is just around the corner!

Book your Pet Portrait today for Dad's Day! 
Short on time?  Gift Certificates are Available!

Contact P.E.N. Studio ►
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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Does your Pop have a PAW Pal?

Father's Day is just around the corner!  Does your Dad have a PAW Pal, a Fair Feathered Friend, an Equine Sidekick, or any other kind of pet?  Pastel Pet Portrait's by P.E.N. Studio make the puurrrrfffect gift! 

Portraits are lovingly created from your photographs and you are updated daily during the portraiture process.  Father's Day will be here before you know it!  Gift Certificates are also

Follow the link to see other Pastel Pet Portraits @ ► P.E.N. Studio - Online Gallery
Email for information and pricing @

Thanks for Visiting!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Sultry Norma Jean in the Kitchen

"I'm for the individual as opposed to the corporation. The way it is the individual is the underdog, and with all the things a corporation has going for them the individual comes out banged on her head. The artist is nothing.  It's really tragic."   ♥ Marilyn Monroe ♥

P.E.N. Studio has been staged! Happy Dance.....'Sultry Norma Jean' is for sale. Thanks for Visiting!

Monday, May 9, 2011

Impressionist FABstracts...say what?

Impressionism was given its name from one of Monet's pictures, Impression: Sunrise. 

 Impressionism: The impressionist style of painting is characterized chiefly by concentration on the general impression produced by a scene or object and the use of unmixed primary colors and small strokes to simulate actual reflected light.  

Monet, Claude (b. Nov. 14, 1840, Paris, Fr.--d. Dec. 5, 1926, Giverny)
French painter, initiator, leader, and unswerving advocate of the
Impressionist style. He is regarded as the archetypal Impressionist in that his devotion to the ideals of the movement was unwavering throughout his long career, and it is fitting that one of his pictures--Impression: Sunrise (Musée Marmottan, Paris; 1872)--gave the group his name.
Impression, Sunrise 
1873 (210 Kb); Oil on canvas, 48 x 63 cm (19 x 24 3/8"); Musee Marmottan, Paris


Stuck inside of Knoxville commented about P.EN. Studio's style... "This month's  featured artist is Pamela Neal. Her art is billed as "abstract impressionism" and maybe that's as close a description as any. There is clearly an abstract quality." 

The intention of all art is to reach out and to touch the sense's in some make an impression.  Ergo, Impressionistic FABstrats.  My goal is to make an emotional connection with the viewer and to leave an impression.  FABstract?  To me all of my abstracts are FABulous!  Time to hop on over to the Urban Dictionary and add FABstract and blART...both P.E.N. terms in the blogosphere .  SoKno Gal blARTS about her FABstracts! 

SoKno?  SoHo is in New York.  SoKno is in = South Knoxville.  The southern portion of our Scruffy little city.  Another term made popular with local bloggers. 

Friday, May 6, 2011

Morning Mocha - Diptych

Art from the ♥ of East Tennessee ♥
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(Click on images for larger view)

Mocha Music Needs a New Forever Home! ☺

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Oh Hail! - Karma Chaos Love Birds

Talk about a sign!....Here was my sign.  I am doing what I am supposed to be doing even in a mass of chaos!  When I painted this it represented one it says...Yep, even in the tough times you will always have your passion....a solitary on one with the art.  Now it represents a love for the ARTS!   

Karma Chaos Love Birds
16X20 Oil
They are sitting calmly on a wire oblivious to the CHAOS surrounding them. 

P.E.N. Studio suffered from last weeks Tornado's that ripped through SoKno, and the Southeastern United States.  As I was picking up the pieces and cleaning up the mess, amongst the debris was this painting that I had laid on a table to dry before the storms.  The broken window pane had shattered but there was not one speck of glass on this painting.  And it was right below the window.  Glass everywhere...not on this one.  The name had to be Karma Love Birds. 

Art from the ♥ of Tennessee!
KCLB is for sale!  It needs a new home to protect. 

Sunday, May 1, 2011

GET REEL ! Get your bass in gear !

I never met a fish I didn’t like. 
 I only fish on days that end in “Y”…

P.E.N. has an itch to go fishing. 
Today's Scratchboard Art
Prints available - email for details
(Click on the image for a more detailed view)
Record Smallmouth ♦ 11 lbs. 15 oz.
 Dale Hollow Reservoir 
 D. L. Hayes ♦ July 9, 1955

Obviously this is a largemouth but, the smallmouth record still stands.  The folks being from Byrdstown, TN I had to interject a bit of useless trivia. 

Saturday, April 30, 2011

New itch to Scratch....


 P.E.N. Studio has a new creative itch.  I scratched the surface and this is my first experimental piece involving Scratchboard ART. 

In the Eye of the Beholder
(click on the title to learn more about this piece)
P.E.N. Studio - Scratchboard - 5 X 7

What is scratchboard you ask?  
Scratchboard art is a form of direct engraving. The panel starts out solid black and then the artist scratches to expose a layer of white clay under black ink. The working surface is a three layer medium made up of a 1/8" masonite panel as a support (Ampersand Sratchboard is what P.E.N. experimented on)  The masonite is covered with smooth white clay followed by a thin layer of black India ink, leaving a solid black panel to start with. Various tools are used to scratch through the black ink and reveal the white clay below. Every line, dot and dimple is created by hand all with lines and dots and variation in tone and value are based on how many lines are scratched in a particular area or how much of the white clay that your eye sees. Colored inks can be added to the exposed white areas of the work if desired or the board can be left black and white. Large and complex pieces can take hundreds of hours to be completed due to the many layers of tiny scratches that cover the board. 

 My second piece/attempt with the medium
(click on the title to learn more about this piece)
Wine from Scratch
Trying a different technique
 P.E.N. Studio - Scratchboard - 5 X 7

Other Scratchboard Links:

One learns to itch where one can scratch.

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Art from the ♥ Tennessee !

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Seabisquit - Commissioned WIP (Completed♥!☺)

From the movie - Seabisquit
George Woolf: Wanta know what I think? Charles Howard: Of course. George Woolf: I think it's better to break a man's leg than his heart.

(Click on the image for a larger view)
Seabisquit - Commissioned WIP
Check back for updates to this piece!

May 3, 2011 - Seabisquit WIP Update
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May 5, 2011 - Seabisquit WIP Update
(Click on the image for a larger view)

Just in time for Mother's Day!
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Art from the ♥ of East Tennessee ♥

Seabisquit Links:
► Wiki Bisquit

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