I was hard at work on a new 24x24" panel when I received a text from a good friend in Rhode Island. It read "Wow - i just heard prince died - do u think its true?"
A little aside... Like many of my peers, I grew up listening to Prince. I have my older brother to thank for introducing me to his music early on. My first memory of Prince was listening to cassette tapes of Controversy and 1999 on a loop in the car and in the house. These albums had songs chock full of lyrics no middle school girl should be singing at the school playground, yet I did and I wasn't alone. They were a fantastic soundtrack to my otherwise mundane, middle school experience.
So, purple. The color I never use. I've never known how to use it because it doesn't seem to play well with others. Feeling bold, I thought I'd step out of my comfort zone last Thursday morning and see what happened if I experimented with different shades of purple.
Apparently, it kills your all time, greatest musical hero.
"That's the last time I'll experiment with purple", I texted my husband along with this picture.
I couldn't leave it like that. This week I worked on the painting some more. It's been a dreary, cold week here in Minneapolis and I needed to bring some sunshine to the studio. Quite frankly, I needed a little cheer too. The finished result - "Ethel Thayer Bids Her Final Farewell" another lake inspired piece that is a little bit happy, a little bit sad. A little bit like this last week being thankful for what is and what was.
|"Ethel Thayer Bids Her Final Farewell" | 24x24" | oil on panel|
Fortunately, you CAN check it out for yourself in just a few weeks! The 21st annual Art-A-Whirl is happening May 20th-22nd and I will have this painting and many others available and on view at my studio in the Northrup King Building.
Friday, May 20th | 5-10 pm
Saturday, May 21st | 12-8 pm
Sunday, May 22nd | 12-5 pm
Hope to see you there!