Painting always tells me where my mind and emotions are. Both the choice of subject and the process of doing it become so symbolic that I can’t miss the message. Though I paint mostly landscapes, when a photo of a person with much emotion catches my eye, I know I have to paint it.
My little Shepherd girl teaches me patience as I try my hand at acrylics for the first time. She sits and watches patiently as it comes together.
The joy expressed by the little girl in the leaves brings me great joy. I knew I had to paint her and wanted to give the painting to her mother. However, I have not been able to connect with the mother though I’ve tried several times. It tells me to keep that joy alive in me even as the season changes.
The photo of this man and his dog has been with me a very long time. I love the feeling of relationship between him and his dog – best friends. I’ve wanted to paint it for a long time but I didn’t think I could do it justice so put it aside for about a year. Finally when I was ready for the challenge, it came together twice in both acrylic and then again in watercolor. The water, the highlands, the simple rowboat and the connection of the species tells me everything will be okay . . . . and much more as I see it like a dream.