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 am pleased to have been selected as "The Featured Artist" of the month for this Canadian art site.
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Spending the days inside during the recent extremely cold weather, I have looked indoors for inspiration. The latest is a Turkish runner with rich red colors, now resting on the floor of my dressing room. I do my yoga on this rug every morning and when I do my "down dogs", I see faces or masks in the design. As a result, I have created several small studies, 6 x 6 inches and 11 x 11 inches.
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.
The beautiful flowers at Easton Town Center turned out to be the best part of our COVID get away.
Recently, we made a short trip to Easton, and the beautiful plantings around the shopping area included gorgeous giant pots of mixed plants – pots up to my chest layered with shrubs and flowers. As restrictions due to weather and COVID ease, Steve and I look forward to more short trips like this one to Kentucky or Ohio.