Because my paintings go out the door to galleries so quickly, I’m constantly having to paint something new for the empty spots on my walls, and especially above my mantel. This is a good problem, really, because it motivates me to paint!
We’ll see if this one ever gets to take its place in my home. If it sounds like that makes me sad, it doesn’t really. It’s a wonderful feeling to know that other people enjoy my work and want to have it in their homes.
This was an interesting exploration, since I don’t use a lot of saturated reds in my paintings. Thankfully, I didn’t experience spontaneous combustion or any other strange phenomenon during the process, so I may have to try it again sometime.
An abandoned house may not be the first choice when searching for a subject of loveliness to grace the walls of a home. But who can deny its beauty when seen through the eyes of the one who holds the paintbrush?
If it was up to me, I would purchase this building, and then cleanse and restore the interior so that life would once again flow in and out, and the structure would fulfill its intended purpose of functionality and fruitfulness. But I wouldn’t cover over the chipped paint and other scars on the outside. For some reason, that is beautiful to me, and tells the story of a hard-fought existence, and possible battle wounds that brought it this far. The history may have been painful, but the redemption process would change everything.
If you saw my last blog post, you know I’m on a roll with this treasured schoolhouse. This close-up was calling for a very large (48″ x 48″) interpretation, which also meant that it would have to be approached with a slightly more modern feel. You may not be able to tell by the photo, but the painting fades off on the bottom portion to an untouched white canvas, except for the 3 drips which made their way down right at the beginning and claimed their place.