Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Janet's Piece

12x16" watercolor on Kilamanjaro 300 lb. block

This is a piece that I did for a very good friend who showed me an unexpected kindness. My friend goes down to Florida to give a presentation on the Summer Reading program that we have at our school. She buys a book, the youth reader version of Greg Mortenson's Three Cups of Tea, and has Mr. Mortenson sign the copy for my daughter. I didn't know he was to be there. What a thoughtful gift. So I wanted to reciprocate. I asked my friend to give me one of her favorite photo's and didn't tell her why (although I'm sure she had guessed knowing me so well), just that it had to be one or her favorites. This is the image that she gave me and the result.

I wanted to do this painting because I knew she would be touched by it no matter what I did or what it looked like. I didn't worry even a little that she might be disappointed. Maybe because it was my idea in the first place. But I like to think that it involves something bigger - you know, the nature of friendship or something. Peace.

P.S. I get to meet Greg Mortenson when he comes to our school to speak in a couple of weeks.


Kelly said...

Another amazing painting. I feel right there in the picture.

Shelley Ross said...

Hi Gary - great story about the painting. I've read Mortenson's book and was amazed by it! Thanks for commenting on my blog. I see you are new to this blogging adventure too. What fun! I've really enjoyed looking at your paintings and reading about them, thanks for posting. Nice work!