As with all great notions it started with a daydream; move to Alaska and settle down in a cozy cabin, next to a lake, with my beloved other, my dogs and family. Paint and make ART to my hearts content. It's been a long road, today I am fortunate to have realized that dream. My blog is mostly about ART and sometimes everything else.
Oh the joys of Grandmotherhood. Nicole my eldest daughter and I dressed up Rhaya my granddaughter for a photo shoot just so we could have some fun and so I could paint her. She being hyper kinetic and more of a sporty girl than a make-up girl cannot sit still for even 2 minutes so she indulged our urge to play dress up on her. We got quite a few poses for future paintings. Rhaya is my pride and joy; bi-lingual, smart, healthy, good esteem, "her future is so bright she's got to wear shades" I seem to have caught her impish essence.
I guess the Alaska State Fair judges thought so to because this won the big prize!!The Grand Champion. WOOT WOOT (that's me tooting my own horn).
15 Limited edition artist galley wrapped canvas giclee prints (artist enhanced): 20 x 17 $265.00
15 limited edition giclee prints of fine paper 20 x 17 $130.00
I've had this intimidating
gigantic blank canvas on my wall for several years taunting me to paint
something upon it. Ideas for a large scale painting came and went. I wanted to
paint a big deep space nebula but this would have been my first one. Then came abstract
painting ideas; I am not comfortable with abstracts so I watched tons of
demonstrations on YouTube. Next I thought just make it easy with Rothko like painting:
paint a red field with a yellow square in the middle (too easy I thought). How
about a group of people engaged in some kind of activity, no, that would be way
too hard. All this over thinking was getting in the way of just doing. So one
sunny Sunday day I set up the canvas on the deck, squeezed out gobs of paint, and
just went for it painting happy clouds. Right then Bob Ross did a fly by and whispered
in my ear: “paint some Happy Trees.” I
said to myself “yeah trees, all kinds of trees,” I don’t care if my trees live
together in nature because this is my world, and I can do as I like. So I painted trees: ornamental trees, Poplar
trees, Aspen trees, Oak trees, Rain Forest Trees, pine trees and more. As I was painting, the clouds started to gray
and become heavy and then there was a deluge of rain and hail, so I painted
This painting did not come without frustration, bugs, and
things blowing in the wind that kept sticking to it, and I had to haul in and
out of the house when it rained.
The joys of painting for me is the meditative contemplative act
of doing it, things roll through my mind, like how beautiful the world is how
the cycles of sunshine, clouds, and rain nourish us and I contemplate the
nature of trees, which I love, I’m a
tree hugger! I imagine trees as people should co-existing side by side in harmony and love.
Now after weeks of joy and frustration I have given birth to
this masterpiece Liquid Sunshine and it is now ready to go out into the world
find a home. It would make an impressive
statement piece for your home or office. Please call me with any questions you may have.