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 loves 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

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

A Pop of Pink

I love the barns that have a quilt block attached to them. In fact there is a brochure you can get from Wisconsin tourism that maps out where quilted barns can be found by county. I have found many in Rock and Monroe Counties but not all are identified on a map.

My husband and I were on STH 33 heading east towards West Bend when I saw this quilted barn. We had to stop. The quilt design looked pretty new. It was definitely newer then the barn. I loved it. The bright pink rose popping out against the weathered wood of this old barn. I thought it was so pretty.

I painted that barn but I had to add some sheep and snow. Sheep always makes a painting look better. ❤️ Snow is coming. The temperatures are dropping and I already miss the fall days.

I think it’s going to be a long winter, but next year has got to be better then 2020. So find someone you love and hunker down. Be sure to have plenty of hot chocolate on hand. Before you know it spring is here and it will be garage sale season again.

“Winter is Here“. 11×14 acrylic $100