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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Blast from the Past

My recent paintings of snow reminded my mother of one I did when I was 11 years old...and here it is!  In 1964 I had not even seen snow so why I chose to paint this scene is beyond me...and it must have been from a postcard because I feel certain those are not the Smokey Mountains in the background.  This is a large painting, about 18" high by almost 24" wide and was done before acrylic was even invented, I think we called this paint "casin."  For fun I decided to replicate it in pastel and, painting only from the original piece, here is what I came up with:
This rendition is only 5" x 7" and is done in pastel on paper.  You can see that I took some liberties with the composition, adding and subtracting a few things.  And today, a bazillion years later, I have seen snow and the Rocky Mountains.  But honestly, I'm not sure that my re-do is all that different in style and technique!  Perhaps I will date and sign this one and, in a few years, revisit it once again...might be interesting to observe the progress as time moves on.  In fact, I already see a few things I need to change (the camera does that) so I'll make some notes and, if we're all still here, send it out again in 10 years!!

p.s. Kudos to my then art teacher, Barbara Bassett, who made me so proud when I finished a piece...she instilled in me a love for creating that exists even today.  Wonder if I can find her on Facebook!?!!
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