Sunday, February 08, 2009

The Great Grape Giveaway!

I was happy to have finished this in time for Nancy's birthday party last evening. She'd sent me two photographs last week and I really doubted that I could do them justice in just that short amount of time. But, fortunately, I chose a much smaller canvas (14x18) than I'm used to working on and I think that helped me get it done in time. I brought it to the party, still wet, and was pleased with her reaction. She said that she took some time selecting photos that had a lot of color in them. Unfortunately, the main color in the photo was green, so I had to fudge it a little by bringing out color and tones that weren't really there because of the bright light. Anyway, I'm glad to have it done so I can concentrate on the next great thing, haha! Well, you wouldn't say the next mediocre thing or the next not so wonderful but I'm trying thing, right? Gotta think positive (ly). I was also happy, that same evening, to take a painting off the wall and hand it to a friend who'd come to pick us up. He'd mentioned loving my first plein air painting (done at Inks Lake), so I was thrilled to let his wife and him have it for their own. Turns out they were equally thrilled to have one of *my* paintings. Aw, shucks. I am messing with the template and adding things, looking forward to some good instruction from Kate on how to work this bloomin' blog shtuff. Stay tuned.


Camille LaRue Olsen said...

I looked at it close up and the color variety is wonderful. That's a lucky friend and I bet she's ecstatic to have this.

Edward Burton said...

Very beautiful painting, Connie.
The light quality is wonderful and I love the colors and textures you achieved. Great job! Your friends are very fortunate to have you as a friend!

Connie said...

Thank you, Camille and Edward, for your lovely words.

My friends are so dear to me that this painting is truly the *least* I can do for them.
They've been an inspiration to Frank and me for 26 years on how to be good friends, caring individuals and all around way too much fun.
I want to be like them when I grow up.