Life Lesson

My 11 year old granddaughter sent me a picture she had taken of a zebra. She wanted to know what I thought of the photo. Like any good grandma I used encouraging words about her photographic abilities. I then said I would love to one day paint it. She quickly responded that she hoped I would say that and yes I could paint from her photo. She had one requirement. “Grandma, I want credit for the photo.”

Hum, now where did she learn about that? I assured her I would and proceeded to paint her zebra. I have asked her if she liked the final product. She whole heartedly said yes she loved it.

Now she hasn’t asked me if she can have the painting. But I’ve been thinking. If she does should I give her a life lesson that includes a payment plan??

“All Black and White” acrylic on canvas 18”x24”

Reference photo. Original photo taken by “Leena Merchant”.

Eye of the Tiger

Tigers are really beautiful animals though I never want to meet one in the street. Their coloring and black markings really give them a regal look. With that in mind I decided to paint one; a close up just to remind the viewer who is boss. 

Fair Trade

I absolutely love to go to fair trade stores. Whenever we travel I look to see if there is a fair trade store in the area. I love the concept of fair trade that the artists, weavers, potters who create and make the products are given a fair price for their work.

I was in Madison a few weeks ago and stopped at Serrv a fait trade store on Monroe Street.  On the wall they had the most beautiful baskets from around the world displayed.  I askef if I could take a picture. No problem they said. I got home and started painting.

6″x12″ acrylic on canvas