Sunday, April 7, 2019

Colored Pencil Society of America (CPSA) International competition

Entry for CPSA International competition. 11"x16" colored 
pencil on drafting film titled; "This Too Shall Pass..."

After a recent rain, I was struck by the extraordinary
beauty of this tall intrepid soldier. Did it recognize the
splendor of the moment or only feel defeated, cold, and wet?
Storms weathered can enrich life. Its passing reveals not scars,
but glistening diamonds as a testament of the experience.

Wednesday, August 8, 2018


Only 30 days until the exhibition; “Line, Light and Color of richard davidson forney”. I hope you plan to attend. The opening reception will take place at the Cox Gallery, 2 E 3rd St. Maysville, KY 41056 from 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM. Enjoy a refreshing drink and hors-d’oeuvre as you wander the exhibit. It’s sure to be a memorable evening.

If you’re traveling in from out of town, there are several overnight options;

  • Hampton Inn Maysville, located at 503 Market Place Drive, Maysville, KY 41056 and only minutes from the Cox Gallery. To take advantage of discounted rates contact Kim or Ric ASAP. As of today, discounts are still available Fri-Sat for only $49 plus tax. (You must contact Kim or Ric to take advantage of Family and Friends discount.)

  • Free Camping at Poker Flats. 3661 US-52, Felicity, OH 45120. 35 minutes from Maysville. This is where the party is at!  Electric, water and sewer hookups available. Bring your camper or a tent. If you don’t have one, no problem, we will make arrangements to be sure you are comfortable.

There’s plenty to see and do in Historic Maysville and surrounding areas.

  • Kentucky Gateway Museum Center - 215 Sutton St, Maysville, KY 41056 - - Regional history museum with over 4,000 artifacts, a fine art gallery & genealogy research center.

  • National Underground Railroad Museum - 38 W 4th St, Maysville, KY 41056 - - Founded in 1994, this museum houses Underground Railroad exhibits & artifacts in a former safe house.

  • The Old Pogue Bourbon Distillery - 715 Germantown Rd, Maysville, KY 41056 - - Old Pogue has a history dating back to 1876. In the years following the Civil War, the original Pogue distillery was established very near a site often said to be the location of Kentucky's first bourbon distillery.

  • Baker-Bird Winery - 4465 Augusta Chatham Rd, Augusta, KY 41002 - - !n 1797, the first commercial vineyard in the United States was planted in the Kentucky Bluegrass Region. German pioneers constructed this impressive wine cellar and produced some of the finest wines in America by 1856.

  • Historic Washington - Old Main St, Maysville, KY 41056 - - A village of shops, museums, tours and fine Kentucky dining. This area was originally ‘Kain-tuck-ee canelands” sought by Simon Kenton and protected by Kenton Station as early as 1784. Two years later, the town of Washington was established by the Virginia Legislature, a full six years before KY became a state.

Kim Forney                                               Ric Forney             
(513) 252-4439                                         (513) 500-4965

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Artist Trading Cards (ATC's)

Artist trading cards (ATCs) is a concept initiated by the Swiss artist M. Vänçi Stirnemann in 1997.  Artist trading cards are 2 12 by 3 12 inches (64 mm × 89 mm) in size, the same format as modern trading cards (baseball cards). They are self-made unique works of art, signed and dated on the reverse by the artist. The finished cards are exchanged and collected.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Summer in Cuyahoga County

Summer in Cuyahoga County” is complete and currently hangs in Columbus, OH. 

The collage contains a number of interesting elements including string, skyscrapers, wood laminate and license plates. 

Size - 4ft x 6ft. 

( zoom-in for additional detail.)

Thursday, July 13, 2017

"Morning Dew" - Colored Pencil. Currently on display at the Cox Gallery; 3rd & Market Street, Maysville, KY.

From a white azalea bush outside my cousin's home in Virginia. I've seen several azaleas since, but none the pure white of this specimen.

I started this piece several times before I learned a little more about the light refraction through the water drops. Learning to draw "white" petals was a challenge, but nothing compared to the water droplets. I have to admit, the first several attempts to draw the dewdrops turned out looking like warts on the petals.

Nevertheless, this is one of my favorite pieces. I especially like the realism when viewed from a distance that dissolves into lines as the viewer steps closer. You can mimic this effect by zooming into any portion of the image.  In doing so you might also be able to discern that, as is nature, the color 'black' isn't used for shading. Instead, complimentary colors such as red+green was introduced for the foliage and orange+blue can be found in the petals.

Friday, March 4, 2016

Biography - Ric Forney

Ric Forney
  •  Ric is a military veteran. He is a dependable and talented illustrator who began drawing and painting at an early age. His talent was first rewarded during a regional high school art show where his pen & ink, “Penn-Central”, was awarded best-of-show from over 30 other first-place entries.
  • During his military service he entered an international competition to design the Division patch for the US Air Force Commissary Service. His cornucopia design was awarded second place. Later that year while attending Del State University he won first-place in a competition to design a logo for the Dover Delaware bicentennial celebration. Ric’s design, depicting Caesar Rodney on horseback, is very similar to the design minted on the Delaware quarter.
  • Ric continued to take advantage of educational opportunities in the military, studying art in Okinawa, Japan, and upon his honorable discharge in 1983, was accepted at the Art Academy of Cincinnati.
  • Now retired, Ric is looking forward to further developing his talent on a full-time basis. He enjoys the comradery of other artists, being inspired, and sharing his passion of art. View his newest portfolio items online at