So the picture above was taken from the inside of the back door of my son and daughter-in-law’s house. It says exactly what the creator wanted it to say. You can read the emotion in each word. So what kind of emotion do we want to convey with our art? And tied to that is what do we want to paint? What grabs our attention. What we choose to capture in a painting says a lot about us as artists. Some find great beauty in landscape while others try to capture the never ending beauty in the human face. I find beauty in painting a variety of things. My art is a witness of the beauty I find in each day that I paint.
“The Weaver” won third place in the watercolor division at the Dixie Invitational in St. George. I combined words with the painting. The words went around the edge of the mat. The words added to the art and added to the image. At Awana Wasi in Peru, they continue with their traditional weaving. What drew me to paint this weaver was the challenge to try and capture the strands of multi-colored thread and the weaver leaning over her work. All those threads come together in a beautiful design, just like each brush stroke combines to create the painting.