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4.29.2008

Climbing plants, real art & money

This painting sits in my office. It's quite large - 23" x 72" - and is propped against the wall behind me. (My apologies for not being able to post this at a larger size, but as you all know, just click on it to enlarge.) I painted this a few years ago in just a few hours. All in one day. Which for me is quite a feat. It was one of those really-able-to-let-loose days - I just stopped thinking & started painting. Another oddity for me. I laid the board on the living room floor & bent over it, painting away. I could barely move when I was through.

At our old location, I used to keep it in the front room, displayed behind the front counter. I came back from lunch one day to find 2 very excited employees, telling me that an artist had been in & loved my painting & wanted to know if it was for sale, how much money, etc., etc. They also described this artist as very strange - you know, like real artists should be! I thought it was funny that they never thought I was a real artist (because, trust me, I'm sure they thought I was pretty strange also) until someone thought a piece of my work was worth money. Needless to say, the artist never returned & I still have the painting.

8 comments:

  1. It is georgeous! Some of the best things I've done was when I just did and shut my mind up(that committee inside my head). I call that process "spotaneous combustion" because that's what it feels like. And, I can never really fully recall the process.
    Anywya, that paintng does take my breath away...

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  2. Paula - Thank you SO MUCH! I can't recall the process either - I just remember how exhausted I was when it was done, and how my back ached. LOL! In my next life, hopefully I'll have studio space, or at least a house with room for a big table!

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  3. Debi, that's beautiful! Nice meshing of geometric and organic forms. And I like the subtle layering of color. Rich. And you did it in a day--oh how I wish that things would click like that for me, more often.

    Today I am about to beat my head against the wall. Or maybe I'll beat it against the canvas I'm working on. Whatever makes this one come together.

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  4. San - I hope your head is okay! It so seldom comes together this easily for me. In fact, I can probably count on one hand the times it's happened! I need to take a photo of a commission piece I did, and tell the tale of THAT. It was brutal & then wham! One day I just knew what to do. I almost couldn't catch my breath for knowing what to do, and wanting to get it done.

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  5. I love this! The blues and greens are so dreamy. I know what you mean about it being a "feat" I often let my thinking get in the way of my creative progress too. It always feels good when I accomplish a piece of artwork!!

    * Thanks for tagging me :) I'm working on that right now.

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  6. AAAAAAArrrrrrrrrrrrg,almost famous I call it! So sorry you didn't gt a return buyer! It is lovely though.

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  7. Valaine & Joy - Thanks for visiting & thanks for the thoughts.
    Sometimes it seems like the beginnings are the hardest, but I think it's really the endings.

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  8. Isn't it funny? We always seem to think of artists as those other people. Not people we actually know.

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