My 30 paintings in 30 days concludes with the final five. Just a few days short of my deadline will give my boards time to dry and make sure I don't have any mistakes. I will be installing this series at Lorton Workhouse Arts Center, 9601 Ox Road Lorton, VA 22079, on the 19th. The meet the artist reception is the 23rd of November from 5 to 7 in building 16.
This is so typical of the age depicted. A Vietnam Vet reflecting on his life at the Vietnam War Memorial. Gazing at a wall filled with memories he is wearing his military beret with pins, patches and awards haphazardly attached to his hat and clothing.
How many retired and semi-retired people take on jobs just for extra money or to get out and talk to people. I thought this so relevant.
This woman had fiery red hair in her youth. Hair grays and loses some of its luster, but it can be returned to its youthful glow with some help. I added the pearls because my mom loves pearls. She still has the necklace my dad gave her for their wedding...a beautiful strand of graduated pearls. It is so indicative of the age.
The joy of a blessed life. The trials and tribulations that life has thrown her way served to make her stronger. She has survived and now is basking in the memories of a wonderful life.
“Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened.”
― Dr. Seuss
AND...as an aside... it is a good thing I finished a few days early. I was given 30 6 x 6 boards to do these paintings. Each board was already drilled in the back with a notch for hanging so it was imperative that they be painted the the notch at the top back so they could hang properly...well you guessed it! I painted one going the wrong way. I was heartsick last night as I was putting labels on the backs and arranging them for installation. Thank heaven my neighbor, a contractor and owner of Renovator Pro came to my rescue and drilled a notch in the proper place!
Now I just have to wait for the paint to dry and install them for the show...so exciting!!!