Is there always a story behind a painting? Well, no. Sometimes paintings come just from my soul eyes. Sometimes they are a direct commision piece, such as a pet portrait, or even a full on portrait, which I do sparingly. Dogs don’t complain if they are old in the painting. Rest assured no person wants to see what they actually look like! (At least most).
But in this case, there is definitely a story. I think it is an interesting one, so I’ll share it today. Several years ago I went a garage sale and found a pack of 3 twelve by 36 canvases. I bought it. Once I got it home I began to wonder if I could paint watercolor on the canvas, as I had not yet ventured down that road. Sitting on my couch, gazing out my window I noticed the color of the lake. The color of the sky. and the colors in the mountains. I thought, “I’ll just paint one of those canvases, sort of like an experiment, to see what watercolor would do on the canvas. I painted what is now the center panel of the finished painting. Once I finished that canvas I set it on an easel in the living room so I could look at it. Once there I realized I really needed more. I wanted more of the lake. So I pulled out the second canvas and working with the first one at the top of my table I was able to merge the colors and textures into a single image. When I was happy, I screwed those to together and put them on the easel to consider. Once there, it took only about 10 minutes to decide that I really needed to expand the sky. The sky I was looking at at that moment was building in a rather stormy sunset. I went back to the studion immediately and repeated the merge process so colors moved together in the sky. Once dry, I screwed that one on top of the other two and put it on the easel. Voila! I had a finished piece…out of three! I added more stability to the backs, ensuring they were now ONE, and ordered a frame.
And there you have it. The story behind “Serenity”. Missing your view of Eagle Nest Lake? Missing the mountains that surround it? Missing the spectacular New Mexico sky? It will hang like a window on your wall. Need a payment plan or want to make an offer? Just reach out and contact me.
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