Wednesday, December 04, 2013

Carrie's Family

12x9 oil on panel - sold

This is a commissioned piece for a very dear "old" friend. The kiddos are her niece and nephew and I hope I am not spoiling any surprises by sharing this here now. Carrie came to visit me at our Chocolate and Chiaroscuro event. I hadn't seen her in quite a long time. We reminisced about "coming a long way, baby" since our first meeting in Austin as volunteers for Habitat for Humanity. 

I used to have an annual party and forced all our friends (think construction types) to put on suits and nice dresses to come to my little apartment for a Christmas Ball. We had no other reason to dress up so I made my own fancy dress party! Ah, good times. 

Incidentally, I met my husband on the construction site. I saw him walking with a heavy box of nails on his shoulder... he had a good swagger (that we still laugh at today!) He came to my Christmas party that year... cleaned up very nicely. We were engaged the next Christmas and married in April ('00). Ah, even better times.

Carrie sent me this photo to work from. It was a neat composition - right up my alley. ha ha! 

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Katherine Thomas said...

It's an incredible painting! The story it tells of love and companionship... is precious! I like the way you suggest stories with your work, but leave much of it to the viewer also. That Christmas Ball sounds like a very fun event!

martinealison said...

Bonjour chèer amie,

Je suis certaine que Carrie doit être fière de cette merveilleuse peinture.
J'aime beaucoup les mots qui accompagnent votre petit billet...
Une belle tranche de votre vie.

je vous fais de gros bisous.

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