Thursday, February 15, 2007

Yellow Calla Lily, Watercolor On Paper

I'm a big Georgia O'Keeffe fan and 2 years a ago I bought a book at Barnes & Noble in the discount section. It is a huge full color book of all her floral works, in all different mediums. I love this book, I have leafed through it so many times and now, it sits in my studio, housed there permanently, for inspiration.

A couple years ago, when I first bought this book, I found a Calla Lily painting that I really fell in love with and I decided to make a watercolor study of it for myself. I had a great time painting it and now, I get to enjoy it because I was able to matt and frame it and hang it up.

I have a friend who loves this painting and also is a big Georgia O'Keeffe fan herself. I thought I would blog a bit about this today because of her. When she told me how much she enjoys this painting, it made me take a few more glances at it every day, when I run up and down my stairs (as that is where it is hanging) and make me stop and appreciate it and also, how much fun it was to paint.

I think sometimes, as artists, we are so busy trying to sell our work that we forget to stop and enjoy it ourselves. I think learning to appreciate our own work is vitally important. So thanks Jo, you just made me stop and take notice of my own work once in awhile.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

You are so welcome. I love that painting and I am going to snatch it from you soon. LOL luv ya JO

Ruth Welter said...

Thanks Jo..you are so sweet and very encouraging!!

The Polka Dot Pixie said...

Ruth that is a beautiful painting!

I agree with you about the fun vs. profit. I think when we we follow our creativity and sense of fun we create our truly best work.

Ruth Welter said...

Thanks Jenny. It's true, it's a tough balance but I really think we have to be able to get enjoyment from our own work.

Alecia said...

Ruth, I really love this painting. Very soft and beautiful.

Ruth Welter said...

Thanks Alecia.