This is my#2015bestnine on Instagram; that is the most"liked" for the year. It is interesting to see which drew the most likes. Six out of the nine are already sold.The Internet has really changed the way art changes hands.The bricks and mortar galleries have their place and purpose and will always be here. But all of the sites on the web where artists can sell their paintings directly have really become popular. I am still amazed to have sold paintings in England, Scotland, Ireland,Germany and Australia. This would have been impossible 25 years ago.
Since this is the last day of 2015 I should say something important. I can say that this has been a good year; I have traveled to some wonderful places, laughed a lot with friends and ended the year enjoying family. I was listening to the White House photographer on tv this morning. He was asked about his favorite photograph. He said "My favorite photo is one I will take later today or tomorrow." I feel that way about painting. There is always the challenge to match that perfect painting in my head to the one that shows up on canvas.i am glad that hasn't happened yet because it keeps me working hard. Happy New Year!
My daughter gave me some comfy pajamas for Christmas but she also found something she knew I would love. She found a tiny old photo at an antique shop of these people. I would love to know the story behind this. Were these hats the current style of the day? Perhaps they were in a secret hat society!
These past weeks have been incredibly busy with all things associated with the holidays. I needed today to sit and take a breath. I still have planning for meals next week and preparations for out of town guests. But today I will relax and take the Long View. Everything will get done but I will also enjoy the journey.
I live in a large neighborhood with over 500 houses. The names of streets are typical; some are golf related. We walk around the streets often and I came across a street named Lovejoy! What a delightful name. I wish I could trade my house for any house on that street and would like to be to order a return address stamp !
I have multiple photographs of vases of flowers. For this painting I combined a few of them to achieve the result I wanted. To me it is kind of like following a recipe, I often change the ingredients - for"good measure"
My parent had a lot of hydrangeas growing in their yard.Seeing the flowers now reminds me of time spent with them. Today I was making cookies for a big cookie sale we are having at church this weekend. I have a very large restaurant style stainless steel bowl that my mother gave me years ago and I used it to make the cookies. It gives me comfort to use it as using one of the quilts she made also does. It feels like she is here with me in those moments.
This is my favorite kind of painting to do. Even though I am looking at specific flowers I tend to just intuitively place the shapes and colors where they seem to belong.I guess I edit down to the last stroke.