Sunday, July 25, 2010

Hello again from Esther and Ward!

Hi - I've missed writing these blogs and hope that you've missed reading them. Ward and I have taken a short trip to visit his sister and her family - near Iowa City. We've been busy with the necessities of living - food, laundry, shopping, gardening, etc. We have taken many photos that will provide me with inspiration for new paintings. Most tempting of these are some local barns, pictures of flowers including breath-taking day lilies photographed in Iowa. High on our " to do" list is getting good photos of "Queen Ann's lace" growing along the country roads - great for details of fence rows.

We've enjoyed busy times in our gallery - a nice increase in traffic from last year. Thus Ward and I have been working hard to get more prints matted and framed. I've stayed busy plugging away on commissions. The painting that I am posting here was done as a study of two flags on a pole and a smaller version will be included as part of the very large and complicated watercolor on my easel at this moment.
When it is finished and delivered to our client, I'll post a photo of it.

Flags furling in the wind are a challenge to paint. I wonder how you like this one with the flags "backward". I experimented with flipping it to a more conventional view, but decided that perhaps it was more interesting from this angle. This painting is sold, but I wanted to share it with you.

I promise to write more soon. From Esther.