Thoughtful Gift

I got an email a while back from a man who wanted a painting done of his wife’s dog. He wanted a big painting. Hmm, how big is big I asked. He didn’t know. I asked if he had a big wall to put it on. No not really, he said. We came up with a size and he sent me some photos. It was a beautiful German Shepard. I asked him when he wanted it. He said half laughing, next week. I laughed too. He said that isn’t enough time is it? No, but Christmas is around the corner. That will work he said.

What I thought of when painting this portrait was the young man’s desire to surprise his wife. I didn’t know he was young until he picked up the painting. The older I’m getting the younger everyone else seems to be. He wanted something unique as a gift. He put thought into what would make her happy. I’m a romantic. I love to watch people in love. I loved that he didn’t give her a gift card or perfume. I bet she will love the fact he came up with this idea more then the painting itself. I do hope she lives the painting too. ❤️

I don’t know if he will be able to wait until Christmas to give her this gift. I know I have a very hard time keeping gift secrets from my loves. At least the painting is small enough to hide.

“Lexus” 11×14” acrylic on canvas

Challenge of Creativity

I belong to this art group of wonderful and talented ladies. We challenge ourselves and laugh while we do it. We have done acrylic pours, painted on yupo and painted our own self portraits.

Just before the pandemic hit we had challenged ourselves to create an artistic piece without using normal paper and canvas. It immediately got my wheels turning. Who knew we would have nearly two years to ponder this. Covid kept us all quarantined.

Earlier this week we finally came together at one of the artist’s home to show off our creative works. Of course we had wine, food and prizes. I won the most scariest. There was a discussion on whether my piece of art reflected who my inner self was. Hmm, no it reflected Goodwill and a glue gun! Turned out we all got prizes. This is my kind if competition.

We are now challenging ourselves with what we can do with leaves and Mod Podge. I sense another competition in the air. ❤️

So here is my scary piece of art. There is a bird nest on top of her head with eggs in it. The face is covered in bird tattoos and inside the body is a bird with purple glass leaves.

So what does this say about the artist?🧐

Painting for Others

It’s a challenge to be hired to paint a painting for another. Sometimes its down right scary. Am I meeting their expectations? Is this the right color green? Often times I’m given an old photo that’s not clear or a series of photos to turn into one painting. I love a challenge but sometimes I scare myself. I ask myself why did I say yes or why didn’t I ask more questions about what they wanted. It’s hard but I hate to say no.

When I was asked to paint a flower, a very big arrangement of flowers on a very big 48”x48” canvas, you know I had to say yes. This is the third time I’ve ever painted something so large. The canvas always looks bigger once it’s on my easel.

This one turned out to be a lot of fun. Took about five weeks. I start painting, let paint dry, more painting, and repeat. Everything I’ve ever painted always teaches me something new. One coat on a canvas is never enough- ever! So don’t be tempted to put the paint on thick. You will regret it, trust me.

So today my large painting went home. I asked to see how it looked in the room once she took it home. I got to say I love it. I hope you do too.

Flower Elegance- 48”x48” acrylic