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

Best of West Virginia at Tamarack

I’m very pleased to have just received news that my painting of “Alliums” will be part of the 12th Annual Best of West Virginia Juried Exhibition at Tamarack to open September 26.  If you’re traveling by Tamarack this Fall, I hope you’ll visit the gallery.
 


Camp Sucklick on The Greenbrier

"Beaver Bend"Our backyard at Camp Sucklick ©Steve Payne Steve and I have been spending time at our camp house on the Greenbrier River, the perfect spot to stay away from crowds.  It’s a wonderful place for appreciating nature and finding inspiration for our art.   We take daily walks and have enjoyed the respite that is so hard to capture during “normal times” when the demands of work keep us all so busy.  The extra days at the camp house also have given us time to discover unintended projects, like needed repairs to the porch and the roof.  We now have a good idea of what it’s like to be featured in one of those home improvement shows on HGTV!
What was once a dark and dank old chest with sticking drawers became a shot of color and much better storage space at camp. A more fun (and less challenging) camp project was repurposing a clunky bedroom chest into a functional cubby to store our weekend gear.  It’s such a good feeling of satisfaction seeing and putting the end result to use.  I’m not sure any of this would have occurred to us if it weren’t for the pandemic changing our vacation plans.
 


Make A Wish

Do you remember making a wish before blowing on the dandelion puff?
When I was a child, my aunt Nelle told me to make a wish and blow on the puff and watch the fairies float away.

During the early days of  COVID lockdown, I walked the hills around our neighborhood, observing the first buds spring. Before the flowers bloomed, the dandelions were popping out everywhere. Suddenly, I could see the beauty in what once was considered a lowly nuisance.

The result of memories and inspiration are these three paintings that work great together as a triptych or separately. Each panel is 11X14. Is there a place in your home for these?
 


Light A Candle of Intention

Not only do I like the scent of a burning candle, but it's flame signals that this is my creative time to focus on the work at hand. The scent surrounds you with a constant presence allowing you to connect with the project in front of you. Give it a try if you’re having trouble focusing on your work at hand, I think you’ll find it can truly help!
 

Quote of the month:

"Maturing is realizing how many things don't require your comment."

Rachel Wolchin


Every Bottle Tells A Story

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Every Bottle Tells a Story...
I would love to tell your story on canvas. Whether it's a wine bottle or perfume bottle, we all have our favorite's. Over the years, I have painted many "special" wine and perfume bottles. Let me create a custom portrait from your collection. Also, a one of a kind personal painting makes a very special gift for almost any occasion!
 

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