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
To make a great pot of soup, you start with several ingredients. First you chop and sauté some onions, layer in some spices, add a little wine, add some more vegetables, some broth, and then you let it simmer... The longer it simmers, the better the soup.
Creating is like that. Sometimes artwork needs to "simmer", that's when I take a break from one painting and work on another. That simmering time renews my enthusiasm to approach the work again. And ideas are no different, I have some that have been simmering for years and are just now bubbling into fruition. LP
This is a subject that I saw in my mind and had to paint it. I asked several of my friends from church to gather around a table and pose so that I could take some photos. After working up sketches from the poses, I invented the "table-scape". After weeks of concentrated effort, it was finished and I displayed it in a local restaurant. Although, the painting is still available, it has led to numerous portrait commissions using that theme. You never know where an idea might lead... here are two commissions that came from others seeing this one. Cheers!
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