Experiencing a Loss

When someone asks me to do a commissioned painting and it is of a loved one that has passed I am touched. I feel a great responsibility with this request. I always do my very best with each painting I paint regardless if it is a commissioned piece or not. But a loved one is even more important that each detail of that person is captured. Earrings, rings, hair style all has to be perfect.

So I was asked to paint Bill’s wife who passed away 3 years ago. I could tell the pain and sadness was still very close to the surface of the new life he was trying to live.

The photo he showed me was of his wife at 82. She was a professional ice skater in her youth. At 82 she was gorgeous. Tall black boots, tight jeans and a fur coat. Yep I want to look just like her. In the photo they were in San Francisco and had just seen a Cirque du Soleil show. She is standing in front of the programs banner.

Yesterday I gave bill his painting.

“Living the Life”. Watercolor 11×14

Pretty Chickens

I’m not a chicken expert by a long shot, but as of late I’ve been looking at a lot of these birds. They are actually very beautiful. They seem to come in every color. It also seems they make great pets.

Now it isn’t like I know nothing about chickens. 🐔 Growing up I’ve eaten my fair share of fried chicken. I hope you don’t hold that against me. I love chicken and have found some really great chicken recipes. Chicken is like pizza it can be enjoyed hot or cold. I fear I may be digressing.

My daughter-in-law took me to a friend’s house who raises chickens. It’s her chickens that I’ve painted. These chickens were so pretty even their eggs were colorful. I completely enjoyed my visit plus her husband made the best beer ever.

I’ve already put the chicken on a board for you. 😜 I’m totally into animal shaped cutting boards. So here is my tribute to chickens!!!

Self Portrait

Have you ever painted your own portrait? That’s what my art friends and I asked each other a few weeks back. We all said no and agreed we would each give it a try.

Hardest thing was to find the right photo. The right photo hides all of your flaws. The flaws that I am told that only I see. I took a bunch of selfies which felt weird. I had to do a selfie as I quickly saw most of my photos of myself include my family or my friends. I rarely have a photo taken of just me. The photo that I painted from was taken in my basement. This is my art studio. It is also where my grandkids will ask me if “this is where the magic happens?” Yes this is where all the magic happens. ❤️

As I painted this selfie I see all of my hard earned wrinkles. Do I include the wrinkles or exercise artist discretion and omit or tone down the lines that seem to travel around my face. I laugh and told my husband I at least like my wonderful straight teeth. ( I got braces when I was in my 50’s. My mid-life crisis.)

It was a good exercise. I had to slow down and not over think the painting that I was about to paint. So all you artists who haven’t done a self portrait, grab your brush and paint that beautiful face you’re been looking at your entire life. It hopefully will bring some magic back into your heart as it did mine.