Saturday, January 26, 2008

Winter Dogwood Opus 1



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I woke up this morning to a foot of new show and was completely fascinated by the dogwood outside my studio. I thought what a great subject to paint and share with you. I began with on overall sketch with oil paint and then painted as fast as I could.

As I was painting I became aware of the phrase “Als ik Kan”. It comes from a quote by Flemish painter Jan Van Eyck and it means “to the best of my ability”. If I am to paint even a sketch for my blog, it should be painted to the best of my ability. In fact this should be applied to everything that you do. Next time you create something whether it be cooking, cleaning or painting try “Als ik Kan”. I plan to use this as my motto and sign the back of my paintings with it from now on.

Just as I laid the final strokes down on my painting, the snow turned to rain and the dogwood branches gave up the frozen gift, and all the snow from the night before became slush.

Excuse me now, I have to put on my winter coat and start shoveling.

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Blogger Griselda said...

Hello stranger...:)
I wonder if you remember me it has been a long time since I saw you, may more than 20 years?

I am glad to see you here, I went to eBay and place a bid on your beautiful painting, and hope it brings you many others. eBay has been good to me and it is a great way to get people who would never imagine to buy an original to know your work.
I will be away from my computer at the time your auction closes and imagine I am not going to win, but should I get lucky...know I will pay as soon as I come back.
Bright Blessings to your day.
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