Tuesday, October 30, 2012: Today was the beginning of my "50" paintings project, my challenge to paint 50 paintings in my 50th year. I had plans to go up to Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe to paint plein air with friends, but Hurricane Sandy got in the way! This huge hurricane was hitting NY and NJ, then coming inland and heading north. Schools were closed when high winds were predicted. As it turned out, it was a gorgeous day: sunny, 70 degrees, with a slight breeze! I was nervous of high wind gusts materializing (though that never happened), so I set up at the kitchen table, where I still had good natural light coming in from the windows. My kids joined me to create their own paintings.
'Celebrating Books' by Libby Davidson, 11 x 14, $695.
I decided to create a vertical 11 x 14" watercolor painting for an exhibit at Phoenix Books (in Essex, VT), where the theme this time was appropriately "Books". I started off with bright colors (blues, pinks, purples) and threw salt over much of it once the sheen had gone off the paper. The salt worked beautifully, and then I "found" the books in the painting. This technique has always been very fun and freeing. From the start, this painting took on the swirling pattern of Hurricane Sandy and the books swirled around like the weather in the Eastern US!
As the day progressed, the kids finished their paintings and invited friends over on this "wind day" off from school. They all swirled around me, too, caught up in the excitement and energy of the storm. Somehow, in the midst of everything, I finished the painting, matted and framed it! I titled it "Celebrating Books", as it reminded me of my painting "Celebrating Radishes" that I had entered into the Champlain Valley Fair last year. It seemed fitting, as I had read countless books out loud to the kids over the years and had thoroughly enjoyed that sharing time, along with the process of choosing the books at our local library. Books are definitely something worth celebrating!
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