This year my step-daughter and her husband asked me to create a painting for them. They wanted an image of poppies blowing in the wind. Perfect I thought. They had just celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary – it would be a gift from my spouse and I.
The space where it will hang requires a large canvas, larger than anything I’ve painted. So, I decided to approach this project with baby steps. I started with a 5 x 7 inch canvas and progressed to 12 x 24 inches. I dubbed these my preparatory poppy paintings. (I love alliteration). Being painted close to Remembrance Day I named the larger of the two, Field of Remembrance.
Just as I finished these two paintings, a local business, Martin Fine Framing, announced a fundraiser for the Children’s Foundation of Muskoka. The store provided 6 x 6 inch canvases to artists in our community. They could be painted in any medium and style. Tomorrow, Saturday, December at 10 am they will be available for sale at the store for $25 each with all proceeds going to the charity. I picked up two canvases and with my mind still filled with poppies they became the subject for both pieces.
After all of this preparation, I think I’m finally ready to tackle the 24 x 60 inch canvas sitting in my hallway…Don’t worry Alicia and Kevin, you will have your painting before your next anniversary!
© Wendie Donabie 2013 www.wendiedonabie.com
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