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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'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!

Original Acrylic
10" x 14"
Private Collection
                                                        Original Photo Reference

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