Sunday, May 6, 2012
In September of 2006 one of my dearest friends Keri, decided to take a oil painting class. Because we had talked about taking some sort of class together at some point in time, when she told me about this I jumped on the band wagon....even though oil painting sounded kind of boring. :) As you can probably figure out, my view on oil painting has changed......... significantly :)
Since I have started painting I have only given a couple of paintings away as gifts. I feel that art is such a personal choice I am reluctant to give something to someone and have them feel obligated to hang it in their home for the next 20 years (or a least when I show up for a visit ;). I have given a painting to my step mom (you know parents, it doesn't matter what you paint, they will always hang it on the wall or post it to the fridge). Another painting I gave for a gift was to my late sister in law Pat and my brother law Bob for their 40th anniversary. I felt good about doing this because Bob is also an artist and Pat was very much into art and was always giving me advice. I felt that if I was going to give a painting to anyone they would probably appreciate it the most.
Now that I have been painting for a little while longer I am feeling braver about giving a painting as a gift. So, for Keri's birthday I surprised her with a painting of her dog. I took this photo of Kona when she was a puppy with the intent of painting it for Keri's birthday and hoping I could keep it a surprise.
I also have a confession to make..........it's not oil......I tried my hand at acrylic......I wanted to see what all the fuss was about and I wanted to know if it would make me paint any faster. The jury is still out regarding the medium, but my speed was definitely faster, so I may have to try this medium again.
I am very happy to give my friend, who got me started in painting, my very first acrylic painting. Happy Birthday Keri!!..............and thanks!
10" x 14"