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Ronny D. Green, a house painter who lives north of Plainview, was engaging in his pastime of target shooting, when it occurred to him that he was wasting a lot of bullets.
"Being from the poor side of town, I don't like to waste anything," he said.
It came to him that the shots could be made to make art.
"It all comes to me in dreams that God gives me," Green said.
It takes days for Green to prepare a canvas, painting over material such as a peg corkboard or a burlap sack, letting it dry and painting over it again many times to get the right background.
"I painted it four times before I started, trying to fill up the holes (in the burlap)," Green said of his painting "Faith of a Bird."
He then shoots paint on his background using a customized 6.5-284 rifle, a German Mauser that he built.
An accurate rifle is necessary to get the effect that Green wants. He takes multiple shots at the canvas, adding depth with every shot.
"I pray before every shot," Green said. "I've got to make every shot count."
If a shot goes astray, Green gets an effect that he didn't intend with paint splattering off the canvas.
Green started by using ordinary house paint, but he has experimented with car paint to get a glossy effect and is currently working with oil-based paint as well.
Green builds his own frames out of common materials. At first he used cedar wood, then switched to barn wood. His painting "Parting of the Red Sea," done with car paint, has a glossy red frame.
Sometimes Green adds other materials to finish the paintings. On "Faith of a Bird," he used burlap string and rolled cotton to add carefully placed bird figures. The three crosses on "The Crosses" are made from burlap string. A hole in the burlap was a happy accident that Green stylized to look like Jesus' clothes piled at the foot of the cross.
Many of the paintings are named for the effect they produce, such as "The Volcano" and "Meteor Storm."
For many years, Green's paintings were stored away, unseen. The First Artwalk on Broadway in Plainview on Oct. 5 gave him a chance to display his paintings in public in front of Gordon's Antiques.
Green's works are currently hung at The Wall Gallery, 803 Broadway, and will be on display at the next Artwalk from 6-8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7. Green is working on two new canvasses to add to the show.
In addition to being an artist, Green is a musician, playing the guitar and singing Christian songs that he composes himself.
Green has his own music studio in the house that he built on two acres of land his mother gave him. Music and painting, however, do not share the same space.
"I paint in my shop," he said. "There's paint all over the place in there."
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