It's a good thing I have to type it because otherwise my mouth would run away with me, but I am not the best typist.
A few years ago I painted this little watercolor and ink and it sold to a dear lady who at that time lived and worked in Charleston South Carolina. I think she now lives in Mississippi.
It was an old house but a good house because it was a real home. Cooking was done on gas and the gas was delivered in a red tank and hooked up beneath I guess the stove. As a child I wasn’t too interested in the details of home keeping, but I remember the red tank, bright shiny red it was.
My memories from the days at "the old house" were all happy until I learned that they would soon move to yes "The New Place". Luckily my grandparent knew how to comfort me and reassure me, that just because they moved it wouldn't mean that I would not see them anymore, which is what my greatest fear was.
I remember laying in bed, on my back as she explained to me how it was going to be, that I would see them just the same and nothing would change, only where they lived. As she spoke, I watched the lights from cars, from the nearby street travel across the ceiling, the lights traveled left to right, I was fixated on it. I slowly became calm and the tears went away, with every comforting word she spoke.
In this painting, I recount a day when I was sick with a cold. I felt pretty peaky but even sick days were good days at the old house. Grandma gave me some ice cream, vanilla with a chocolate coating that was crunchy and crumbled when I bit in to it. It was cold and soothed my sore throat. I was allowed to sit outside in the sun for a while right under the kitchen window where grandma could see me. I was way overdressed but she wanted me to stay warm, so I wore funny little pants and a dress over it. It was probably autumn but I am not sure.
I ate my ice cream before it melted and came back inside, where I was promptly told to lay on the little couch that was inside the family room/kitchen. I was Ok with that, because I was weak and tired and laid down, it was late afternoon and grandma was fixing something, Abendbrot (supper/dinner) probably. She took a towel and laid it over the lampshade to dim the light from my eyes. I see her hands laying the towel and adjusting it to make it right as I doze off.
The painting just flowed so easily out of my brushes and knife, this is not always so. Sometimes I struggle and nothing seems to want to go my way on canvas. So when a painting comes out so easily it is a wonderful feeling. I keep looking at it, so really beautiful.View full article →
I don't always get so see how my paintings look in someone's house. Over the years many collector do email me photos. Angela was so kind to email me some pictures just recently.
Here they are. Can you find my paintings?
Two of my painting. One on the wall and one on the sideboard
Ginette's Paintings in Angela's House
A large Watercolor and Ink Painted on Canvas
See close up details of this painting.
Watch me paint this watercolor and ink painting
Angela also purchased the large
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UPDATE: Today June 22 I finished this large painting. This will have to dry for about a month before I can ship it around 7/22/2014.
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"Statue of Liberty" is a piece I wanted to paint for a long time. I chose a large canvas 24 inches wide and 72 inches tall. The medium is oil. I started with a charcoal sketch and from there the whole painting will be done in layers.
I make it a habit of studying up on many of the subjects I paint. So as I am painting this, I am learning more about the Statue of Liberty. Most of us know of course that the statue was designed by Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi (who like me, was born in Alsace, France) and the metal frame to hold the copper panels, that make up the statue was designed by Gustave Eiffel, who of course designed the Eiffel Tower.
What surprised me was the fact, that originally the Statue was designed somewhat different and meant to light the entry to the Suez Canal. Egypt who was going to pay for it wasn't able to go through with the project, when the bottom fell out of the Egypt's cotton market, after the American Civil War ended in 1865. 10 years later in 1875 the construction of the statue of Liberty in the US began.
As the story goes, Bartholdi developed a fascination with Egypt, after traveling to Luxor in 1855, this is when he began his drawing and sketching for a statue that was supposed to light up the Suez Canal.
Bartholdi returned to Egypt in 1869 for the opening of the Suez Canal and brought with him plans for the statue. He envisioned a toga wearing giant women that was supposed to double as a lighthouse. There was lots of fanfare and French and British stockholders were elated.
So here is where the adventures of Lady Liberty gets interesting. The Suez canal, while in Egypt wasn't benefiting Egypt financially. However Egypt s had lots of cotton wealth, helped by the blockade of southern cotton and some quirky cotton diplomacy at the time of the civil war, cotton prices shot up.
But since the end of the Civil war in 1865 things began to change and the end of cotton wealth for Egypt also meant an end to Bartholdi's dream of lady Egypt.
There was the canal, but revenue from the canal went straight to the investors, which were European. Bartholdi knew Egypt would not be able to finance his lady Egypt any longer, so he traveled with his head hang low, to the US and arrived in new York, where he laid eyes on then Bedloe Island (now known as Liberty Island), A small, about 20 acre oval shaped island, that he immediately knew, was a perfect spot for his creation.
Bartholdi worked out an arrangement with Gustav Eiffel to build the statue in 350 pieces in Paris
The French Government paid for it and American donors paid for the 89-foot pedestal. Bartholdi's goal was to have the dedication coincide with the centennial of the American Revolution, somewhere around July 4, 1876. It did not happen until Oct 28, 1886 with a military, naval and civic parade in Manhattan, ending at the Battery at the tip of the island, with Gen. Charles P. Stone, who as the statue's American engineer was the parade's marshal.
On that day U.S. President Grover Cleveland said in a rousing speech: "We are not here today to bow before the representative of a fierce and warlike god, filled with wrath and vengeance, but instead, we contemplate our own peaceful deity keeping watch before the open gates of America. Instead of grasping in her hands the thunderbolts of terror and of death, she holds aloft the light that illumines the way to man's enfranchisement." Liberty's light, shall pierce the darkness of ignorance and men's oppression until liberty shall enlighten the world."! The battleship Tennessee shot off salvos in-between and it was quite a spectacle, with loud cheers by the crowds.
The Egypt inspiration wasn't mentioned and it wasn't until 1956 when Bedloe Island was renamed Liberty Island.
I hope this was an interesting account of the Adventures of Lady Liberty.
With Independence day coming up, I wish all of you the best
and Happy 4th of July!
Painting progression part 1 through 5