As an artist, it’s fairly often that someone will ask me to do a painting of a scene, person, or particular object. A few months ago a friend, Cindy Pierce, called to ask me if I’d consider painting a landscape piece for her as a gift for her husband, Walker County Judge Danny Pierce. This was to be a painting of the family’s Texas Hill Country hunting lease. Cindy made an appointment to meet me, discuss the size for the piece and deliver reference photos for me to work from.
I was very excited to be a part of memory making for this delightful family. That is until I saw the reference photos. The photos were at least 20 years old, the colors were faded and the images were blurred. But Cindy was so, so excited that I absolutely had to give it a try.
Cindy, and her daughter Natalie, shared stories with me of watching the sun set behind the live oak trees and many great times with family and friends. We decided that this piece needed to be large and I was assured that Danny would recognize the setting the minute he saw the painting.
So, back in the studio, I begin to sketch, mix some color and experiment a bit. Fortunately, one of the old photos still showed some decent color, so I could kick that up a bit to make things interesting. Then I got to “pretend” I was watching the sunset behind the trees.
Occasionally a painting just seems to paint itself and I’d have to say that this “Bar-O-Bar” was one of those. Just like that….this piece seemed to take on a life and vitality that I could only attribute to Divine intervention.
Not only do I get to be a fixture in people’s homes, but I get to help them remember places, people and things that might fade, like photographs, over the years. This is absolutely why I paint!