Dreaming of Home

As I work on paintings, they get working titles.  This gives me something to file them under besides “current painting”.  Sometimes the titles stick, and sometimes they don’t.  This painting is about a family of Nene with the father looking out to sea while the mother keeps an eye on the observer.  The babies mimic their parents’ poses.  I’m still roughing in the basic colors of the painting, so please be patient with me.

Often I combine elements of different photographs to create the vision I’m looking for.

What do you get for the person that has everything?

I often run across this issue, and I understand it so much better now that I am in my 50s.  What do I want?  Youth, happiness, time to paint, and various art supplies.  Other than that, most of the things I want are things I can only give myself.  What do I do for others who are in the same boat?

For Scott, I personalized a notebook.  He is a huge fan of The Time Machine, a movie made in 1960, so I painted it on the cover.  This was the first time I had used acrylics in a long time…

Blank notebook with personalized cover

For Lili, I painted a bookmark on some leftover canvas that I had, and she used it for years.  Regretfully, I don’t have a picture.

 

Happy Birthday to my Sister!

My sister is 5 years older than I am.  She bore the brunt of my machinations through middle school.  She bought a LOT of my clothes once she started working.  She has always been there for me when I needed her.  She more than anyone else has inherited little bits of me through the years.  When I went through a stained-glass stage, I gave her a box.  When I did pottery, she received a bowl.  When I began painting, she received one of my first.

It is one of my first paintings so it was just on a piece of canvas.  I didn’t think I was good enough to use a stretched canvas.  Its still one of my favorites, as is she.