There are certain people who are just meant to be together. Nothing is more obvious when you are in their presence. You can literally feel the love and admiration they have for each other just from the way they look at each other.
I had the opportunity to cross paths with a beautiful couple like this, Margaret and Lorne, about a year ago. Margaret and Lorne have been married just over ten years. Their first date was at the Lac Lehmy Casino in Gatineau, QC watching fireworks. This is how Lorne described the scene for me:
“At the time, the show ended and the crowd got up and left. As the last few were climbing up the hill to their cars someone turned around and shouted back at us, “Hey, you two. The show’s over!” and we realized that we were sitting alone in the centre of the parking lot under the umbrella, oblivious to the fact that everyone else had already left. I think it was at that precise moment I realized that I was in deep trouble!”
This painting was a 10 year wedding anniversary gift from Lorne to Margaret and I couldn’t have been more touched that he trusted me with something so special. The instructions he gave me were basically that description above: fireworks at the casino, sitting on lawn chairs, sharing an umbrella, lost in the moment.
Below is the progression of the painting. (The green line in the first one is just painting tape that I used to make a straight line for the horizon).
And the final painting that Lorne gave to Margaret for their 10 year wedding anniversary:
As an artist, there is no bigger compliment than knowing that something I created truly touched someone emotionally. After receiving this gift from her husband, Margaret made sure to let me know that she was so deeply touched that it evoked happy tears. I don’t like making anyone cry, but in this instance, I couldn’t be happier.
Margaret and Lorne, I wish you two a lifetime of love and happiness <3
I sure have been neglecting this poor old blog of mine lately even though I have quite a few paintings that I’ve completed. So here we go!
For someone who knows and cares very little about cars, I sure do paint a lot of them. Here is the newest addition to the collection, which was done as a commissioned piece.
Some step-by-step progress pictures.
Something I often struggle with is knowing when a painting is done. It’s so easy to get carried away and end up overdoing it. This painting is a good example of that. If you look at the second last progress picture and the final one, you’ll notice I had to “undo” a lot of what I painted. Live and learn 🙂
And the finished product:
And here I am with the finished painting.
This painting was a commissioned piece therefore it is already sold, however prints, up to 18″x12″ are available for sale here.
I recently started yet another commissioned car painting, and this one is huge!! 48″x36″!!! I can’t wait to finish this one and share it with you all. Like my Facebook page to see progress pictures.
I may be biased, but I’m fairly certain that I live in Canada’s most beautiful city, which also happens to be our capital. I moved here just under 4 year ago for school, and initially thought I would be getting the hell out the second I was done school. Winter here is COLD and I don’t do well with cold. But then summer happened, and I fell hard for this city. My reasons why Ottawa is the best city:
1. The Rideau Canal
In the summer, you can bike along it for miles. In the winter, you can skate on it, right up to a BeaverTail booth. Year round, it breaks up the downtown and makes for beautiful views and beautiful sunsets.
Not too long ago, I spent the weekend in NYC. It was the rainiest weekend ever. This resulted in a lot of indoor activities. Luckily art galleries are generally indoors.
We went to the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) among other places, hoping to get inspired to paint. If I’m being completely honest (which I am) I’ll admit that I was quite disappointed by the lack of actual paintings there. Maybe I’m just not up to speed with modern art, but the majority of the art work there was just strange.