My first painting this year was a portrait of my brother, Timothy. I had the painting on the go for a year, and finished it during my January holidays. My dear brother passed away 4 years ago of a physical illness none of us knew he had, including himself. So I lost my only brother. But he has been a companion in my studio for some time. Now that the painting is at my parents (it was their 45th wedding anniversary recently), I am keenly missing the painting, as it was a constant reminder of him. So I’ve found living with original artwork both enriching and endearing, and very meaningful.
“Put some art on it”
As many of you know, I had been painting for several years prior to my first exhibition in oils last year. As such, I have been surrounded with original art for several years. I put it up there with vanilla bean icecream or a lazy sunday afternoon [painting] on the beach, or falling into bed exhausted to be enveloped by clean sheets. I was so delighted to be invited to Loreto Spring Art 2015. I was able to emerge from my studio and bring some of my paintings with me! I have been building on that momentum. I am looking forward to exhibiting with Loreto again this year, and I am pursuing some further opportunities.
My point is that original art doesn’t just make me happy, it grows on me, and its an integral part of my home. The sight of a blank wall where a painting used to reside is a very sorry site/sight indeed. It is bare and depressing. This happens in our house every time I send a painting off to be reproduced by my image specialists (there have been children in tears at the gap on their bedroom wall), or during horror-filled activities such as moving house, or when a painting is sold.
So if a wall is blank, my motto is “put some art on it“.
Art for Everyone!
Over the next 6 months I will be rolling out a significant number of products onto my online store, located here on my website. I will be releasing my original paintings, and my collection of giclee prints / fine art prints will also go online. The first original painting and matching giclee print are almost ready to go, both equipped with promotion videos. I am very much looking forward to having my shop alive and operational.My first painting will be going up very soon!