This is the first painting I ever painted. I did it in 1954. I was 10 years old, using my older brother's paints and brushes. I find it as interesting as anything I have done since and it makes me now wonder about talent and art education. It hung in my mother's house and I only reacquired it after she died. Recently, I told someone who had treated me very generously that I wanted to give them a giclee print of of one of my images in the Fine Art America website . They went through 300 images and chose this one. They asked me why I laughed at their choice. When I explained the painting, they found it hard to believe that I did it as a child. They thought it was "deep" and wanted to know what I was thinking when I did it. I have no idea what I was thinking when I did it over 50 years ago. They "loved" the giclee print on canvas when it arrived. The print now sits on a wall opposite a painting they purchased earlier this month for $3,500. The print size I chose for them was much larger than the original painting. I was pleased at the vibrancy of the colors in the giclee print, how well framed it was and the great job they did in packaging and shipping it.
January 1st, 2009
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