Honestly, one of the things I've been thinking about is doing some painting. This is a little bit of a cheat as I did this painting about a year ago. I've been so crazy busy at the office that I haven't had a chance to get out to find the materials: a canvas, paints a few brushes. But it is something that has moved up my 'to do' list. I will give it a go soon, but for now I decided I would tell you why I've been interesting in painting.
Almost a year to the day, I was in New Zealand visiting my sister. And I asked her one morning what was up with the blank canvas she had propped up in her guest room. She said she had been thinking about doing a painting but had just never gotten around to it. I knew immediately it was going to be our project. I told her we were going to paint it so she had something to remember our time together. That confidence has nothing to do with whether or not I can paint, it's just that we always like to find a little something either to do, or buy together that will remind us of each other since our visits are so infrequent.
So now the questions was what; what to paint? My sister suggested tulips since they are her husband's favorite flower. So we were off to the store to pick up paints and brushes. Over the the next 3 or 4 days we spent our afternoons out on the deck sipping local NZ wine and painting. A time I will indeed remember. We started with layers of blue for the background and then gave it a rest for the afternoon to dry. The following day we added sweeping grass and then the next day we added tulips. We signed it "Machata-Sargent" for a little fun. Our two married names, and a play on Singer Sargent for those who know the amazing classic American artist, and one of my all-time favorites. This painting now hangs in my sister's foyer. I told her that she didn't have to show it prominently, but apparently her husband insisted.