Tuesday, September 15, 2009

To "Paint a Memory"

Our group was slotted to paint downtown. Meet at the bakery, then painter's choice- go where you want. I had in mind to try and portray deep space, and aim for the feeling of a walk or journey.
For sure my choice of this location was not happenstance. And there's no way I could paint on that street corner without the proud mother-of-the-bride coming out... [When the time had come, we proceeded up the brick walkway to a moment that would forever change things. The day when a young man held my little girl's hands, looked into her eyes and sang the most perfectly tear-inspiring version of "Come what may... I will love you, until my dying day". Then the reception outside in the park across the street.]
I would tell you that this is the oldest church on it's original foundation, but I have to go get a tissue... Here's the part where the painter lady has to show off her most lovely, handsome, and time-invested works ~ the kids.
Besides my son and daughter, we have another very special guest with us in the studio today... Ms Norah Jones to sing about painting a memory.

17 comments:

Victor Errington said...

Hi Jill. I had already written this
comment once but lost it somewhere.
Never mind. I think this painting
is a brilliant, fantastic and
colourful painting. It is truly a
wonderful painting. And thank you for your usual photos of yourself and the subject. Only an Artist who
knows what she is doing can do that. Thank you again Jill, and all the best.
Vic.

Nancy Medina said...

I don't know what I like better, this amazing painting or the wonderful story. Thank you for sharing Jill. You are so gifted.

Chuck Dilmore said...

world-class, Jill...
Artist and person!

C~

Anita Stoll said...

This is a wonderful, joyfull painting as well as the story. I'm signing up to be a follower of yours. Thank you for sharing yourself and you beautiful art works.

Nina E J said...

Hey! I really like your paintings! They're beautiful! I'll be following!

Cynthia said...

What a beautiful story! Your daughter is so lovely in the wedding gown. And the girls in blue look like little princesses. I know what you mean about your creations that you put the most time in...my two are worried over and celebrated. (almost eighteen and just turned twenty-three) I love the street memory scene, too. The palm tree at a slight angle in front of the house on the left really pulls me into the painting. Thanks for sharing Jill.

Janelle Goodwin said...

Oh my goodness - those kids are so beautiful! Thanks for sharing your special memory, Jill.

rahina q.h. said...

what a beautiful story behind the painting. you have done the moment justice with those wonderful choices in colours and the shadows. r.

Marian Fortunati said...

Jill...

Really wonderful painting with terrific texture and dappled light... and thanks also sharing your proud moments and the nice song!!! Amazing how time changes things isn't it??? I'll bet you still remember leaving her off on her first day of kindergarten!!!

Cindy said...

Beautiful painting and story. Thanks for sharing.

Anita Stoll said...

Hi Jill, o.k. so I had a senior moment, happens to me a lot these days. Now I remember how much I enjoy your work. I'll be back, keep painting. I love your work.

Jill Berry said...

Thanks friends~
for commenting on the painting
and the account of one of life's cherished moments.
Thanks for letting me bring the kids to work. It gave us something to chat about in the break room besides paint on canvas.

Marian~ you're so right... that's another one of those moments when you linger, not believing that time has come.

Also, thanks to you new followers & commenters. I appreciate your input.

Karen said...

A beautiful story for that beautiful painting. Should your daughter and her husband have it?
tissues are close at hand.

Kathleen Harrington Paints said...

Congratulations!! Thank you for sharing this.

Gary Keimig said...

A wonderful painting and what a way to capture a memory. It brought back thoughts of my own daughters weddings and now my grand daughter most recently.
Thank you.

Jill Berry said...

Hey Karen,
Thanks.
I will check into that possibility.
My son is the one to quickly claim my work that he likes. But, I'll see if she has feelings for it. I kinda like-like it myself. Do you ever get attached to the last one you worked on? Love the one you're with? I'm talking about paintings here...

Joan Sicignano Artist said...

Hi Jill, I have to come back and read all of your post. How wonderful your group and the wedding photo's. Your paintings are amazing. I have a Wet Paints meeting tonight, I will return.