Friday, January 30, 2009

Joie de Vivre - Sunflower Painting

Joie de Vivre
Sunflower Painting
Oil on Linen Canvas Board

Available in my Etsy Shop

I finished Joie de Vivre yesterday evening, try to keep up my goal of a painting a day. I do have an excuse for this frenzied production schedule lately - two art shows fast approaching: Dallas Arboretum's juried show, Artscape, March 21-22; and the New Vintage Art Show at the Palace Arts Theater in historic Grapevine April 18. If you're in the area, please come by and say hello! I have free gifts for everyone who mentions they saw my show on the blog or web site.

Sunflowers are one of my favorite subjects. They grow like weeds in Texas and I can toss seeds into the earth every spring and get every variety imaginable about 8 weeks later. I've been painting them for 16 years and each time I paint them, they teach me something new. I could tell you all the things I would change about this painting now that it is done, but instead I'll take Karin Jurick's advice and not self-criticize so much.

The real test of a successful painting here at the Medina Foster Home for Wayward Pugs is to show the new work to the hubby. If he likes something, he lets me know instantly. If he doesn't he just looks at it absentmindedly and asks me what I'd like for dinner tomorrow. He's making brownies right now and the smell is wafting into the studio. Surely there are some beaters that require my attention...

Happy painting and creating to all of you as January bids us adieu. I hope someone you love is making you brownies this week.

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