I’m lucky to be surrounded by wonderful neighbors who’ve watched out for my kids, lent me tools, fixed my bike, and brought home my wayward corgi among many other large and small kindnesses. Avis is one of these neighbors, who’s not only given me plants and seeds over the years, but is a fellow artist. Scratch that, a top notch, self-taught, internationally exhibited artist http://www.avisrobinson.com/about-1/. Now and then Avis and I talk painting–brush strokes, tight v. loose, color explosions, general artist nerd fun. A few months ago, Avis handed me, quite solemnly, a box of oil sticks to help me “get loose”. I couldn’t help but think of Obi Wan Kenobi giving Luke the light saber :). What fun I had, staying up way past my bedtime filling in two large canvases with bright and crazy color. In the end, my hands were covered in pigment, and I laughingly named the new paintings “Even Too Awful for A Holiday Inn 1 and 2”.
But…it was a terrific exercise in finding great joy in creating, working spontaneously and fast. So much so, the next day I started and finished this little yellow warbler for my parents in the time it takes me to drink a glass of red wine (read: quickly). The original hangs in my parents’ kitchen now, but prints can be found here: http://fineartamerica.com/featured/yellow-warbler-anne-lewis.html