Friday, October 16, 2009

forest for the trees

My husband and I stayed at a beautiful French Tudor mansion hotel on Mackinac Island in Michigan this summer. Down at the coast level of Mackinac Island are beautiful homes and tourist attractions, but if you hike or bike or take a horse drawn cab (no cars allowed on the island) up the hill, through the woods, and down some trails, you will come across this "home" once owned by a meat-packer industrialist.

This is a view of part of the front lawn, a wonderful grassy expanse with tall trees. I loved the way the sunlight made interesting striation patterns from the tree shadows. This was one of our best vacation trips ever and we hope to go back to this place again.

As for the painting - I did this quickly, in less than a day. It is a 10 x 10 inch canvas. Square formats can be difficult, and again, only 4 trees are featured (even number of objects are also tricky to handle). But I like this little painting and may not offer it for sale at my upcoming "show", the annual St. Nicholas Day sale at a local Episcopal Church. I will be showing my paintings there along with another painter, Jean Beckham. Email me for details if you are interested in attending!


Patty said...

I absolutely love this one! If you decide to sell it, please let me know. I'd love to come to the show if I were closer.

Karen said...

I was reading an article in an artist magazine about pricing paintings. charge by the inch was the recommendation! LOL

The lowest baseline figure was $2.00 an inch, so for a 10 x 10 that would be $200.00.

"so mercenary" was a comment that I heard when I discussed this one time at a dinner party. Hmmmm. Am I supposed to give them away? Yes, actually, this person thought I should do that as I "didn't need to work".

That's not my price, btw! Just musing aloud on art and money. Cause what he said made me think... and I do give away a lot of my work.

Patty said...

So what is your price? You can e-mail me if you would rather. And don't make it low just because we are friends.

Patty said...

BTW, when we were looking at some of your photos of Laura's wedding...on facebook I think...Elizabeth and I were drooling over one that was taken in your house. Laura was standing there in a top and skirt, looking pretty of course, but that AQUA WALL with all the GORGEOUS paintings! And the contrast with the orangey wall. So beautiful.

barbara heile said...

i like this one !! hope the show goes well for you!