It is a fact that amongst the legion of detectorists, there are some very intelligent and talented individuals, and in varying disciplines. I have been privileged and delighted to tell some of their stories. The last was detectorist stonemason Mr. Patrick Law.
Previous names you may remember were Steven Halward, the detectorist who makes ‘scrap metal art’ out of the rubbish that that other hobbyists discard. I called him ‘Steve the Scrappy Artist’ in one story, not a juxtaposition of words you may have come across before, but justly deserving the appellation of artist. Using his special skill and talent Steve produces exquisite forms that are wonders to behold.
And there were others, like whittler extraordinaire Simon Annis who excels in ‘pimping’ his detectors. Modifying machines in this way does little to enhance the operating capabilities, but readers saw how that was tailored to the personality and interests of the owner, whist telling a fascinating story along the way. Those stories were ‘lost’, but may be resurrected sometime.
My subject today is detectorist Dan DiMola, a subscriber on Tom’s Treasure Forum in the States. Dan is 69 and lives in Stafford, Virginia. He is a self-taught painter using acrylics and, in his own words, “still learning.”
When the weather is hot and humid and he doesn’t fancy swinging his Deus, Dan picks up a paintbrush and starts a new picture, using sketches from different reference material. There are examples from different subjects. This is one of my favourites:
One of my difficulties was acquiring pictures suitable for reproduction. I have had to enlarge the examples supplied. Dan said, “It will be interesting and fun to see and read reactions from folks on your blog.” Thank you Daniel for bringing a little colour to my blog!
What is Acrylic Paint?
The answer is a water-soluble medium made from a synthetic resin binder mixed with pigments. The water soluble aspect of acrylic paints means that a painting dries quickly and you do not have to use solvents to dilute the paint or for cleaning brushes or a palette.
After an acrylic painting on canvas dries the surface becomes water resistant, and a canvas can be rolled up and stored with no fear of cracking or damaging. This is all in contrast to oil paints, which need to be thinned with solvents, take much longer to dry and harden as they do so, making them quite fragile and not so easily transported. This medium can be an exciting prospect because acrylics have so much versatility.
… from the North Light Shop