I had such a wonderful time with this painting! I have a very dear friend, Marjie, who lives in Denver, Colorado. We’ve known each other for over 40 years. She is an artist as well — pastels, sculpture and glass work. We had great plans in November for her to come join me for an “Artist in Residence” week at Table Rock State park. She booked her ticket and we made plans. Then I got the news that the wildfires in North and South Carolina were encroaching on the park and my “residence” was cancelled! I was so bummed! Marjie decided not to come and take care of some other business in Colorado.
I felt so badly about not getting to spend that time together – and her losing that money for her ticket! It was a perfect opportunity to show her my love and appreciation. Initially I asked her to send me pictures of her pups, thinking I would do a pet portrait of those two cuties. But once I saw the photos I had to incorporate her husband Dave.
I used my favorite palette for portraits these days – the Zorn palette. White, black, yellow ochre and Cad Red Medium. I pulled it together from three different photos. It was one of those paintings that seemed to flow. Sometimes all the pieces come together — and sometimes, I wipe them out, turn them to the wall and fret about them. Perhaps because it was a labor of love, it came together easily.
Here’s to wonderful friendships that endure no matter what! Love you Marjie!!!