I was at an appointment last week and my osteopath asked me what was new since last he saw me, which turned out to be June 2019. Where to start and without a doubt the discussion led to my art. In the course of the discussion I talked about the success I had with the Orange Sunset series, selling the very first one in May and the last one in November and of all the ones in between. Which got me thinking..holy cow..I sold an entire series and that should be celebrated and a blog idea was born!
This is the inspiration for the series, a picture taken close to home on the Mississippi River on a hazy September evening. Almost immediately I knew I wanted to paint it and I knew it was going to be on a size never previously attempted. I remember the feeling when I bought the 12″x 36″ canvas, it was like I was stepping into unknown territory and within 10 days this piece was born.
The intense yellow was my favorite part of this piece; its not perfect and not even close to the orange I was trying to achieve but I loved it; I still do. I knew it wasn’t finished, the reflection needed something but at the time, I didn’t have a clue how to improve it. That was in September 2016 and in early 2019, I felt ready to clean it up.
Oh ya! Now I captured it! This piece sold in May, at a local art show after hanging around for almost 3 years. But it got me thinking about developing that particular shade of orange from the original picture.
A Golden Memory now hanging in Montreal Qc
with every piece of this series my goal was to keep one for myself since the original had sold.
Mississippi Sunset #3 now hanging in Alcove Qc
But no matter what I did..piece after piece sold! And in the midst of the fun a request for a commission was received, my first. The only stipulation from the buyer was that it had to fit in her suitcase and she was leaving in 2 weeks! My painting was going on a trip to the UK! Then I came down with the flu that knocked me out for 3 days. Luckily I managed to get about half done before I got sick.
Commission piece practice
commissioned piece..my first! Mississippi Sunset #4
The final Mississippi Sunset #5 now hanging in Ottawa
I went big for the last one, a 24’x 48″ canvas and well…hopefully… maybe and with fingers crossed this one would stay with me. A unexpected encounter with an old friend in a parking lot here in CP revealed that she was following me online and waiting for the right piece. This was her piece.
What I found remarkable with this series are the comments that each drew not only from their respective buyers but from friends, followers and family. Quiet, contemplative, restful, reminiscent of time with beloved family and a deep breath after a hard day. I was humbled and blow away; and a bit proud of myself.
I love that this series was so well received. 2019 was the most successful year in my ongoing evolution as an artist. Let’s see how 2020 will unfold.
I have updated my gallery so if anything catches your eye please contact me.