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

When they Believe

It’s wonderful to have others love what I paint. It is especially heart felt when my granddaughters think I’m so awesome of an artist I could get rich selling what I create. The life of an artist is never about the money. Each piece created is a journey. I’m asking myself if this looks right or should I start over. I know the more I paint the better I become. I am teaching my young granddaughters the joy of creating and I’m always saying “perfect is boring”. In their minds if it isn’t perfect it’s ugly. I hope they are listening when I tell them not to worry about bring perfect.

Recently we went to see the movie Cruella. We all enjoyed the film. There was a collective love of these little black and white puppies not knowing how anyone could hurt them. My granddaughters are big animal lovers especially for dogs.

We are packing up to drive our youngest granddaughter home the next day. It will be an all day trip. My granddaughter turns and asks “Grandma can you paint me a Dalmatian puppy before we go?” Honey, there’s no time we leave tomorrow. This grandma has a hard time denying such a simple request. I told her I would try.

So I always have a ton of art supplies handy for any of the kids that want to create. I had a canvas board from the Dollar Tree and a frame from St. Vincent. Let’s do this.

She was all smiles when we hit the road. Grandma you are amazing. This is why I paint.

Winter’s Beauty

I think one of the prettiest birds that really pop against the white snow is the cardinal. I am often commissioned to paint the cardinal the most. I love the many shades of red and orange that goes into their feathers. It is not just solid red but many vibrant shades blended together.

This painting is at the request of a friend who wanted the bird painted against a green background instead of the typical snowy white. I like this choice. With so much snow surrounding me when I go outside this brings me a little bit of early spring.

Spring will be here before you know it. I hope when this year draws to an end that everyone who wants a vaccine has gotten a vaccine. I hope that we are once again able to come together.

It has been a challenging year where I’ve learned about Zoom, what restaurants delivers and the value of a phone call instead of a text.

Think spring but remember the beauty still visible in all the snow that surrounds us these days.