Lessons From Life

  • Seek Respect


    Lessons from life

    Seek Respect, not attention, it lasts longer.

    This pet portrait in reverse painting on glass offers a message to every being, feline or human who is ready to mature. Even though it seems that in todays society being mature is no longer an aspired goal, I suppose there are still some adults remaining in the world.  Whether the message is accepted or acted upon is another matter.

    I can only hope that my vision of this is limited, and maybe I am not seeing the whole picture, but what I have been seeing in so many public places is the attitude of ‘rules are meant to be broken’, usually accepted by the eternal adolescents who never want to grow up.  Some of these who never wish to seek respect, and would rather remain the ‘eternal adolescents’ that I think of them as. Some of them are 40 and 50 plus years old!.

    What is it that adult people who somehow end up in a car accident think they have to gain by screaming and flailing their arms at the responding police?  The police responded to serve and protect.  To clean up and sort out the mess that has been made.  And yet I have witnessed this on public highways.  I probably take things too seriously when I hope for people to gain insight  and seek respect, but that does not mean that I will give up.

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  • Artist Statement for Reverse Painting Lady

    An Artist Statement for Reverse Painting Lady is my explanation for doing what I am in my artwork.

    I began painting in oils on canvass at an early age, but at the same time, I was also smitten by reverse paintings on glass that I had seen in my parents’ antique shop.  Even though a few of them were almost 200 years old, the colors still popped.

    After several years of framing my paintings, the glass panes from the frames were piling up.  So using the experience I had, and a copious amount of inspiration from my best friend and husband, Rich, I ran with it.

    The first thing to enter the painting would be the last thing that happened in the scene  Necessary details would also be painted near the start.  The final view of the painting is from the opposite side of the glass.  So if I paint the subject facing left, you will see it as facing right.  Because I have to layer the paint, I have a friend who says my work looks like it was done by an 8 year old child from the side on which I paint.  She still doesn’t understand how it can come out looking so finished.  We have known each other for years, and apparently I don’t yet explain the process well enough.

    I like to do my reverse painting on glass of pet portraits, your garden variety floral art, and religious paintings.  After all, I would not be painting if I didn’t have the abilities I was given.  For the majority, the theme of my work is based on nature, mankind, and religion.  How they relate to one another and each other.

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