After years of decorative residential and commercial painting, I finally hung up my brushes when product design opportunity rolled into my world. The product design experience was a fantastic one, but eventually travel to China became too hard for this old girl.
I planned to move on, but struggled with what to move on TO. I walked, prayed, and dropped it into the hands of my Benevolent Force.
One random day I got a phone call from house painter Gary Monaco. Years before he had introduced me to a home owner, Karen. That introduction led to years painting in nearly every room of her huge home.
Gary began the call by saying, “I have clients who would like you to paint for them.” Making the assumption that decorative painting was the request, I replied, “Thanks, Gary, but I’m out of that business.”
Gary then told me his clients didn’t want me to paint on their walls, they wanted canvases to hang on a specific wall in their home.
Thrilled to have opportunity to pitch my work I called the clients, Sam and Ann Wagner, scheduled a day to visit and put together a small portfolio.
I drove to their vast rural farm where an elegant sprawling home was located at the edge of a large pond. As far as the eye could see there was rolling land topped with lush vegetation. I felt overwhelmed at the notion of creating original artwork for people who clearly had very discerning tastes.
Clutching my meager portfolio, I took a deep breath and rang the bell. Ann was home, Sam was not. She graciously led me to a huge kitchen over-looking the pond. There, at the granite counter, I nervously showed her my work. I then asked for opportunity to wander their home and observe the many original paintings. I needed to get a handle on their preferences in artwork.
After measuring the giant wall, I went home and dug into coming up with lots of feasible options. Did they want nine canvases, three rows of three? One big canvas? Four in a row? Four, two rows of two? A triptych? And how would they feel about a collage using dried vegetation from their land?
Her response was, “Yes to the triptych.” I then worked up a pile of triptych possibilities, with suggestions for color direction etc. At that point Ann said, “You choose. It all confuses me.” Wow! Free reign!
Shortly after, on a clear fall day, Jim and I met Sam at the farm. He gave us his rugged all wheel-drive truck. We drove the bumpy fields gathering mountains of twigs, leaves, corn husks, weeds. The painting above is what those bits and scraps became. The metallic streak across the three paintings is gold leaf.
Happily the Wagner’s were delighted with the final result.
I don’t believe this opportunity was an accident. It was manifested by positive thinking and prayer. Now on to meditate. I am excited to see what my Benevolent Force will offer next.