To continue my story about that memorable Thansgiving weekend with the family, I cannot forget the "Little One" as her Dad, John called her when she was smaller. The youngest of the three grand-daughters, Chantal. As Chantal was just a baby at that time I will select a painting that I did at their home around the same time. It is called appropriately, "Sweet Pea" It is very suitable for the sweet lovable personality that she has. This one's for you Chantal. Thanks to all of "The Girls" as we call them, for their love and affection, Love Nanna and Dadda.
To follow up on my comments about those "Special Paintings" I will continue with the story about the Thanksgiving weekend that Marg and I spent with Carla, Johnny and the Grandchildren at Rice Lake. I had done the first painting on the Saturday and have set that painting aside for Courtney. The following day I walked across the ridge overlooking Rice Lake and found a place to set up and paint. The wind had picked up considerably from the previous day so I was fortunate to be able to get a spot that had a bit of a windbreak. That day Brittany the oldest sister, accompanied me and helped choose the location and subject. Brittany stayed for awhile and then left soon to return with some leftovers that we ate together. This painting, of course will be given Brittany at some special time in her life.
The question has been asked. Do you have some paintings that you will not sell.? the answer is. Yes! I am going to post a few of my "Artists Collection" or rather "Family Collection" Each will have the story attached.
"Thanksgiving Day." 12" x 16" Oil. (For Courtney)
It was on Thanksgiving day some years ago that I decided to set up my easel and paint the view from the home of our Son Johnny, his wife Carla and their three lovely daughter's. The view is spectacular overlooking Rice Lake. Part way through the painting Courtney, the middle child, came over and brought me some hot chocolate and cookies and watched me for awhile. I have kept that painting and will give it to her on some special occasion when she is older.