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
One of my favorite themes over the summer was food, starting with a penchant for pies. Most of these paintings are small and square, perfect for an empty area of kitchen wall not covered by cabinets, or perched on an easel for the countertop or sideboard. My second food interest of the summer was colorful pickled produce in Mason jars, inspired by my friend Helen Chilton. Helen shared her canned pickles, beets, tomatoes, beans, and peppers grown in her urban garden. And my friend Lisa Smith, co-owner of Mountain Juice, packages their freshly made products in Mason jars, adding to my interest in these age-old vessels. Just seeing a Mason jar brings to mind something homemade. Talk about comfort food!
Amid the food, thoughts of Florida, and commissioned paintings, I return again and again to one of my favorite color combinations – the classic blue and white. I take little breaks from it but never go very long without capturing this beautiful duo that looks good with everything. Using my own collection of blue and white objects, I like to move these things around, give them another purpose, or view them in another room. This opens my eyes to new possibilities. Sometimes I discover I liked that vase where it was, but often I’m energized by the changes.
Renewal8 X 10 oil on gallery wrap
Last month I told you about the Best of West Virginia show at Tamarack. My “Alliums” painting sold early to a traveler passing through the state. A new juried show at Tamarack is coming up called “Motif.” I’ll have one of my “Crosses” series in this show – a cross within an oriental carpet design. I love painting crosses. I love the graphic simplicity of the cross, and the color combinations are endless. Their small size (9x12 or 8x10) makes them perfect for hanging in a favorite corner where you read or just enjoy some peaceful moments. You can be a believer or a non-believer; there’s something about the cross that reflects inner peace and calms the spirit.
Steve and I are delighted to have our greeting cards available at all three Drug Emporium locations! Our cards are also sold at Eggplant on Bridge Road and at West Virginia Marketplace at the Capitol Market. And, we’re looking into new ways to offer our work through online offerings and showings.
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