Now that this commission is complete, I am taking a little time off from painting. I have two new art students coming next week for their first lesson. I don't teach painting regularly, but I do like to teach one or two serious students a year, in private lessons, because it's so rewarding to help people develop their painting skills. The new students are friends and they asked to take lessons with me together, which I think will be fun. There's an interesting story related to one of the new students. Once we began communicating about lessons she realized she owned one of my paintings, which I had never signed. It's a piece I created when I was studying with my teacher, Bunn Gray, over a decade ago. I left several paintings at his house for him to hang. After he died in 2002, one of his other students told me I needed to pick up my paintings. I kept putting it off, and then (although I didn't know it) all my paintings were included in Bunn's estate sale. My new student happened to attend that estate sale and bought one! It's a large, 3' x 4' white Clematis, which she has in her dining room. She told me she decorated the room around the painting because she likes it so much. I was flattered to hear this -- all artists love to know a person will decorate around a painting rather than simply selecting a painting to match the decor. Although I neglected to claim my paintings, resluting in my losing any income from them, I am happy to know someone is enjoying one of pieces so much.
Saturday, November 11, 2006
As promised, here are the four commissioned paintings I did for the lobby of a north Texas hospital. All are 4' x 3' in acrylic on canvas: