"Glad To See You", 8x8" oil on cradled 2" gesso board, $135
At the J. Petter Gallery
I was so "Glad To See" so many friendly faces at the Petter Gallery this past weekend for the artists' exhibition. Nine artists set up around the gallery to show their techniques while a guitarist played in the background and wine and appetizers were passed. This is the little painting I worked on during the exhibition.
One of my favorite moments of the evening was when three brothers, ages 4 to 8 stopped by to watch me paint. They lined up like silent soldiers and seriously studied every move I made. To break the ice, I showed them the particular flowers I was looking at for my painting, and I asked them, "Do you think my painting looks like the flowers?". The middle brother flatly said "No". Ah well, can't win them all, I thought to myself, and went back to work while the brothers huddled together and whispered. A moment later, the oldest brother stepped up and said, "Excuse me, we don't think your painting looks like the flowers, because we think it looks better". They turned on their heels and marched off to find their parents.
I took a moment to smile and think that perhaps we experienced together what it means to interpret a subject in a painting. Maybe it doesn't look just like the "thing", but after passing through our eyes, our minds, and our hands, something even more descriptive can be the result.