Some of you might have noticed lately that I'm painting a picture of the Golden Gate Bridge. The story of this painting is a little convoluted, but fun and magical... and it started with a cute red blazer just before I got my first studio space...
So, let's just say, I'm a woman of substance and curves and I had just discovered the magic of Nordstrom's "free" styling service. (Oh yeah, baby!!!) Hubs would argue it was in no way free, but he has since discovered the joy of working with someone who knows clothing and styling.
One of the lovely little numbers in my styling session was this cute red blazer that I would normally feel hesitant to wear. Yes, I prefer to go out in stealth mode, undetected... unnoticed. (How else are you going to get a chance to watch everyone else?!)
But, this was DATE NIGHT. I was taking the plunge and celebrating with that little red number. And, yes, I did make a statement among the vegetarians of Greens that night with my curves boldly outlined like a shining beacon. Can I say, it's just a little frightening the power of wearing red when you aren't used to it.
The sunset was beautiful, of course. How could it not be on DATE NIGHT? And, in an effort to prolong the date, we decided on a whim to go across the Golden Gate Bridge and watch the moon rise. Imagine our surprise as we drove up the hill on the north side to see the hillside encrusted with photographers and cameras. It was a madhouse... aka steaming up the windows on DATE NIGHT was now totally off the to do list for this venue. Turns out, it was a super moon! (Such is the power of red. Just sayin'.) It was an incredibly beautiful experience.
We had to take pics, of course. I even managed to figure out the HDR setting on my phone that night (only to take another two months more to figure out how to reset it). Meanwhile, I painted other paintings.
I bought a 15"h x 72"w canvas at a canvas sale about a year later, thinking it might be cool to play with. And, then got distracted.
At least another year went by and I took a wonderful color painting class with Caroline Jasper down in Palm Desert, CA. In the feverish rush to pack and do many other things, I charged my teen daughter with picking out some photos for me. She picked my little red bridge photo. The bridge photo didn't work out for the exercises we were doing on color, but it reminded me of the canvas I had bought for no particular reason other than it was on sale and looked like fun.
Then the idea for the painting wouldn't leave me alone. Finally, I got the canvas & reference photo together in the studio and sketched out the drawing in preparation. That very same afternoon I found out it was the birthday of the Golden Gate Bridge. I kid you not, I had NO idea. (It still freaks me out a bit.)
It also really makes me wonder about what we sense peripherally in our environments... or what we might actually be remembering... but don't know we are remembering. Did I subconsciously remember the birthday from the previous year?! (I can't even remember my passwords; how would I even remember something like that?!)
Painting it has been blissful in any case. I can't tell you how many times I've wanted to do a little happy dance after a painting session for this piece.
If you are curious to see the painting in person, it will be making its debut at the The Happiness Project show July 21st, 5p - 7p at Keller Williams in San Carlos.
All the best,