Inspired by my friend Kim Rodeffer Funk’s recent blog post, I thought that I would tell this story about some emotional reactions I had to one of my paintings:
This is the painting I did for my great friends Sally and Bill. It is based on some of their holiday photos. I was inspired by the journey through all the door-ways and whilst painting it I was thinking of the journey through life with the ultimate destination unknown and mysterious. My friend Antonia (who isn’t usually as dramatic) grabbed my hand when she clapped eyes on the painting and flung it tight to her chest to demonstrate her palpitations from just looking at it! Moving people like this is why I have to paint! Sally and Bill have found the most perfect frame possible for their new painting. It is as though it was made for the picture! The archway matches perfectly and it adds an extra doorway to the composition! This is it mocked up by Bill before it wass properly put together. It’s now in their new home in Gloucester and it looks smashing against their purply red kitchen wall. (I wish I’d taken a photo while I was there)
I last saw the painting while I was visiting when Sally was 8 1/2 months pregnant. A couple of weeks later there were devastating floods in Gloucester. The power and mains water were wiped out! I was rather worried about Sally. Luckily she managed to get to hospital in time to give birth to her beautiful daughter Georgie. I can’t wait to see them all again soon!