There is a "rule" in painting that objects should not 'kiss," but I love the negative space created by this kissing thing, and in the case of objects leaning against one another, I think it's got to be "legal" and if not, I'm breaking the rules anyway. So there.
"614 On the Outs"
acrylic - 8x6 in
The lesson that I already knew but was reinforced today is "Don't judge a book by its cover." Turns out this man is an art junkie, and spends a LOT of money in her gallery each year.
What followed was a discussion of how people discriminate against one another because of appearances or other perceived differences. It was a very nice visit with the gallery owner today, as usual.
I am reminded of an experience I had at another art gallery several months ago. I went expressly to see an exhibit of still lifes, and was barely acknowledged by the gallery attendant when I entered and when I asked a question about a painting. At the end of my visit, she was rude and dismissed me when I asked a question about the process for acquiring new artists. I felt so terrible when I left that gallery that I don't want to go back.
I just don't understand why people can't be nice.
The other day, I was at our local grocery store, and as usual, I spent a lot of time in the produce department. I must have looked suspicious, because as I was slowly and carefully looking for the perfect vegetables/fruit, the produce manager approached me:
She asked, "Can I HELP you?"
I replied, "No, but thank you."
She, "Did you have any questions?"
My reply, "Nope."
I have never tasted a Meyer lemon, but I was curious about them, so I bought a package. I learned from an internet site that they are thought to be a cross between either a Eureka or Lisbon lemon and a mandarin orange, and they take on a sightly yellow-orange color. The skin seems to be much thinner than a common lemon or orange. They are supposedly sweeter than a lemon, and often used to make lemon pies. My mother used to make a highly coveted lemon meringue pie. I wonder if she used Meyer Lemons. Sadly all of her recipes are gone.
p.s. The blue in this bowl is not screaming as it appears in this picture.
Yesterday Jean delivered my order of her meticulously crafted pottery. Some people in my family will be happy to receive it. (Shhhh....) She has changed directions on her designs to appeal more to the "modern" set. Check out her work at her Etsy store here:
Here sugar skull mugs are now sold at Colectivo Coffee. Very cool.
It felt so good to paint again today after a week off, not by choice, but because there aren't enough hours in the day. I am feeling very grateful and humble at the response to my 500th Painting open house celebration last week. It was particularly rewarding for me to have Jean Wells visit and approve of my paintings of her beautiful bowls.