Tuesday, July 27, 2010

"Pears and Pottery"

8x10 oil on panel

This is a little pottery cup that my daughter made a number of years ago in a class at school.  It's amazing how you get attached to little objects like this. It goes so well with all the pinch pots and coil pots that have become mine over the years...usually mother's day gifts!  (my favorite kind!)   I'm so glad I have it now, because every time I look at it...it reminds me of her. Good day painting today...sunshine and paint...what's not to love about that?

Here's to happiness,

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Bella Donna

I have been wanting to do a post dedicated to one of my all time favorite people in my life...Donna O. Kearney.  and for the past couple of weeks I have been having serious home sickness for HER!  So I need to share her with you.  This is Donna:
I met Donna about 15 years ago, after discussing with a friend about a painting class she was taking.  She invited me to go with her, assuring me that the teacher wouldn't care if one more person came to the class.  I agreed to go. The teacher taught painting out of her basement.  I had really been needing something in my life that would help me to be creative again.  I felt at the time like I had forgotten myself, totally lost in motherhood and family, I needed something just for me. (Brain junk is an awful thing....)  We showed up for the class...and the room was completely packed!  I mean packed like sardines!  As we were walking in....I heard someone asking Donna if she was taking any new students...she was saying, "No....we just don't have room right now..."  Then in we came, and Jamie said "I brought a friend with me."  Donna looked me straight in the eyes...(and I'm not kidding) it felt like she was looking into my soul and sizing me up.  She said, "except for you.  I have room for you."  It still makes me cry, thinking about it today.  We are sisters, her and I, and that night she saved my life.

Thanks Donna.  You're the best.

Friday, July 2, 2010

An "oldy..but goody"....

 Oil on Canvas 24X48

Years ago my good friend, Danielle, asked if I would do a painting for her home.  She wanted a french looking landscape.  We found this old book that had black and white pictures of french cities so I dove in. I had been painting exclusively with watercolor at that time, so I was a bit nervous, but I got into the zone fairly quickly and had a great time with it! This was the resulting painting. A few years after I painted it, the movie Chocolat' came out and to our astonishment, the opening scene of the movie is a panoramic shot of this same little town!  Right down to the church in the center square!  I had the chance to see it again recently...(it felt like seeing a long lost child). I also got to visit with my sweet  friend, who I love dearly. She is very talented in her own right and you should definetly check out her website(here)....you'll be glad you did.
As for me, I have been traveling, visiting, kissing grand kids, then moving when I got back to California....whew...I need a vacation from my vacation!  We are getting settled, now and it's time to crack open the painting supplies!  Happy summer!