Welcome to"Behind The Canvas" , my reflections on what inspired a painting or a series of works and my feelings toward living a creative life. People often ask me about my work, hopefully this blog will answer some of those questions. Enjoy! LP
I recently ran across this childhood photo of me deep in thought, and when I did it looked an awful lot like me now.
Some things never change I guess. What to do...what to do?
I had a need to claim a sacred space within our busy den, so I started painting a series of crosses.
My eyes can rest upon the cross throughout the day and I am transported to a place of peace. When I am creating these paintings, I am feeling a rhythm between my soul, the colors and texture of the paint, and graphic simplicity of the cross.
As it turns out, other people have expressed a similar need to claim their sacred space with one of these crosses. And one has become a published book jacket cover.
With this post, I give thanks and credit to my friend Robert Wong, the late chef and restaurateur. Several years ago, I approached him at his restaurant, the Bridge Road Bistro, to inquire about placing some of my paintings in the dining room. Robert already had a vision of what he wanted. He looked through my work and asked if I had ever done any paintings of wine bottles. I replied "No, but I will". He gave me several bottles of fine wine, and off I went to my studio to get to work. When I took a finished painting back to the Bistro, he loved it and purchased several more for the dining room. I have since received many commissions by patrons to paint their favorite wine. Often, they have visited a vineyard and want to remember their trip with the painting.
When Robert died suddenly last summer of a heart attack, leaving behind his wife and two sons, it rocked my world, and that of our community. After mourning his loss, the Bistro reopened and continues to be a very popular eatery and a vital part the social scene here in Charleston, WV. Cheers!
Painting of Robert Wong and staff by Lynn Payne
Recent wine still life by Lynn Payne
I have been a big fan of Lilly Pulitzer for many years. I was recently commissioned to create this painting featuring "Lilly girls" for a teen's bedroom. The dog in the painting belongs to the girl and the dog's name is "Lilly". Also, not only is the "LP" on the tote the initials for Lilly Pulitzer, they are the teen's initials, as well as mine! It is my dream to one day create a fabric design for the company. A girl’s got to have dreams!
Along with the tablecloths, I started to amass a collection of wooden bowls. This was years ago, and I could find them for very little money in thrift shops. I painted on the bowls, lots of them. And, I sold a good many of them. But they were so time consuming to paint, that I really needed some extra help to produce them, so I finally threw in the towel...or fabric so to speak. Even though the bowls were popular, one of a kind, the time it took to paint the type of designs I was doing didn't make it a worthwhile investment of my time. What I really liked was creating the designs...licensing anyone?