Happy PINK Saturday!
Please stop by How Sweet the Sound and say Hi to Beverly, our host for Pink Saturday.
When I was about ten years old, I started taking Art Lessons with two of my BFFs. Our teacher was a very quiet elderly man, a world traveler and a master painter in his own right. His studio was situated directly behind the old Victorian house he shared with his sister. I loved that studio, the smell of oil paints and Linseed oil mingled with the scent of fresh cut flowers and steaming hot tea. Boxes stacked precariously along the walls and several old dressers held a treasure trove of old prints and pictures. He always refereed to them as "studies". Many times he would arrange a little still life for us to paint but he also encouraged us to "copy" other artists so we could learn different styles. On these occasions he allowed us to rummage around in the stacks of old prints, looking for just the right piece of inspiration or to bring in our own special selection. I remember thumbing through my Mom's Better Homes and Gardens one day when I saw an ad for the most adorable puppy prints. There were four in the set, a Scottie, a Boston Terrier, a Cocker Spaniel and a Poodle and all had these LARGE, almost bulging eyes. I begged my Mom to send away for them, promising her I would paint every single one of them. She always indulged my artistic whims and so she sent away for them.
I could hardly wait for them to arrive so I could copy them in my own style. In hindsight, I'm sure when my art teacher laid eyes on my "prized prints" for the first time he was probably thinking to himself "good grief, those are the tackiest dogs I have ever seen!". I did keep my word to my mom, sort of, I painted three of the four, the only one I never got around to painting was the Cocker which is strange because that was my favorite of the four. The picture above is my rendition of the poodle painted in oils when I was eleven.
I don't have too many oil paintings with PINK in them but here is another one.
I painted this for my Grandfather when I was fifteen and he was so proud of it!
That's it for my contribution to PINK Saturday this week. Have a wonderful, PINK, bubbalicious weekend everyone! Nan