Tuesday, May 3, 2011

"100 SLC Porches, No.40"

"100 Salt Lake Porches, No.40"
Poured Watercolor on 10" x 11" Paper
This porch was requested by a friend.  She has moved within the last year and thought it would be nice to have a painting to remember her old porch.  The house has a great deal of memories for her.  "It was a place of security, place of growth, friendships, and joy." She said, and I hope that she will look on this painting for years to come and find the joy in remembering.  She seemed pleased when I emailed her a picture of it last night shortly after I finished. 

I was holding my breath hoping that she liked what I did.  I find it hard to do a "commission".  As an artist I see things differently, and even among artists I can sometimes be out in left field as to how I approach subjects.  Reminds me of a story of a plein air workshop up a local canyon.  There was 8 or 9 of us.  We were all out in the open air with our easels set up kind of in a row.  As the teacher went along... mountains, evergreen trees, quaking aspens... all along different perspectives or scenes but all basically the same.  The she gets to me... water pump and a hose!  We are out in the middle of all this glorious scenery and I'm enamored with a water pump and a hose.  Hello!?  The teacher looked at me, shook her head and said," Jeanne, you are definitely a different bird!"

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