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

Spring Energy

I'm feeling re-energized by Spring and can't wait to start planting! The Capitol Market season will be here soon I am excited! In the meantime, I'll be painting and invite you to come by and see what's on my easel.


Out My Window

"Out My Window" (oil on canvas)

As I paint what I see through my living room window, the scene is very entertaining.  The plants and birds are like a theater production; change is constant.  It’s impossible to be bored!  As I write this, our cat Cicely is napping inside, while the mourning doves I see outside look like big fat cats. 
 


A Room of Your Own

As Virginia Woolf once said, "Everyone needs a room of one's own."

To me, it's my studio, my command center!
I have so many ideas in the works and I just want to keep at it.
It's truly my happy place! It provides a space for inspiration, experimentation, exhibition, solitude,
and rest. I can easily enjoy a "stay-cation" in my studio


Van Gogh Tribute

I recently completed an unusual assignment that I found met my skills.  The grandmother of young children commissioned me to recreate the famous Vincent van Gogh painting, “Starry Night.”  She wanted art in the children’s playroom that will be enjoyed as they grow.  (This was a wonderful excuse to visit The Van Gogh exhibit before it left The Clay Center.) The painting is about 30x40 inches, about the same size as the original.  It takes a lot of paint to fill up such a large canvas!  This is the first time I have recreated a painting, and I would be interested in doing more.

 


A Departed Pet

JackJack20X20 gallery wrap<br/>$425 - sold

Over the Christmas holiday, I finished a commission to paint a family pet that had departed.  A commissioned painting makes a wonderful and personal gift that lasts a lifetime.  Memories made into a painting can bring joy for years to come.

 

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