Archive for January, 2010

Miss Maggie

January 17, 2010

In May 2009 at a small community festival, I took a photograph of a lady who was standing there listening to the musicians. The photograph inspired my painting which I entitled “Mrs. Ida.” When I finished the painting I began to look for the lady in the photograph. I showed her picture to several people, but no knew her.

I am proud of how the painting turned out.  It was one of my entries into a juried art show this summer.  When I received an invitation to participate in the 10th anniversary exhibition at the Rudd Art Center, I submitted this painting.

On Friday, January 15, I was leaving my office for lunch. Training for US Census takers was taking place in our building. As I walked out the door I noticed a lady sitting in a car right outside the door; I turned around and got a copy of the photograph. Showing the lady the photograph I asked, “Is this a photograph of you?” It was. I then showed her a photograph of the painting. I had found “Mrs. Ida” who in actuality is Miss Maggie. After six months I found her right outside my office door.

Saturday night Miss Maggie attended the opening reception for the show at the Rudd Art Center in Ozark and saw, for the first time, the painting now correctly entitled “Miss Maggie.”


January 6, 2010

It has been a while since I have added a new post.  It has also been a while since I have painted.  The months of November and December were full months and kept me away from painting.  My painting time has suffered.  There have been times that I have managed to get out to the canvases and paint.  In late December I had a bit of time and have made good progress on several paintings.  Now I wait for the paint to dry enough so that I can add more fresh color and the finishing details.  The situation I have right now is space.  With the paintings I am working on, several are big and take up enough room that it is hard to start another.  There is also the cold.  My work area is basically unheated and with the cold temperatures we are experiencing, it is a bit difficult to paint.

Now that I have place these thoughts in print, I realize these are just minor excuses.  It’s time to pick up the knife and get back to work.