Pink Winter 6 x 7.75 watercolor on Arches Bristol paper
My friend LG sent me a photo of her newly build bedroom drenched in squinty winter light. I could see by Porsche and Oreo’s unanimous feline approval-sprawl (I’d be joining them if I were there) that this was an excellent addition to the house. I asked to use the photo as a reference this week, with a few little changes here and there, and finished the painting this afternoon.
Now, to continue with yesterday’s post about collecting daily paintings, I want to tell the story of how I came to buy a wonderful little oil painting by the masterful Neil Hollingsworth. Many years before I met my husband, he splurged on a hand painted porcelain peregrine falcon, perched out of harm’s way on a carved wooden base. He kept it displayed where we could see it every day; a reminder of his youth as an enthusiastic camper, wild life lover & boy scout. It’s very life-like and close to full size. Later, when we married, merging his two cats with my two cats created some changes, and they sorcerised into late night gangstas. (You can see where this is going, right?) In one of many pre-dawn, free-running, cat-stampedes – I heard a loud crash as they swept through the room like a bad weather cell on a Doplar storm track. We found the falcon face down in pieces; the talons, tail and beak were snapped off, and in the process, the beak plowed a deep groove in the wood table it landed on. I felt terrible. My husband was so mad at the cats. I did my best to glue everything back together, but Don just winced every time he glanced at his falcon. I knew it would never be the same again. A few months later, one of my favorite artists – Neil Hollingsworth – posted a beautiful little oil painting of a falcon on Ebay. I knew what I had to do; because it was painted by Neil, and it was a falcon, and it was gorgeous. And oh yeah, it’s unbreakable. I bought it and gave it to my husband as a gift, and it hangs near his desk in his home office, where the cats never go near it. (Thanks for saving the day, Neil.) You can see more of Neil’s work on his blog, on ebay, and several galleries listed on his web site.