Friday, April 12, 2013

Grandmother Oak

The last few weeks have been all wobbly. I hired a high school neighbor to help move the art studio upstairs which involved moving a lot of other stuff downstairs. And what I thought was right, wasn't, and so I've spent several days reconfiguring furniture placement to get the best light scenario for painting in this new upstairs studio space. Hopefully, everything is in its right place and creating can begin in earnest.

This painting is called Grandmother Oak. It's a tree in the back yard of one of my favorite childhood friends. She lives in Louisiana now, but for a very few sweet years, we were neighbors in the small town of Centreville, Mississippi together. We were the kind of friends where our mothers took pictures of us naked in the bathtub together.....the kind of friends where we had matching Batman t-shirts....the kind of friends where everything we did together was magical. We told secrets under the magnolia tree in the front yard. We laughed. We made promises to each other that we couldn't possibly keep. We didn't know it at the time, we were children, but we were kindred spirits. Still are. Thank you, Margaret. Maybe we're not the same silly girls we once were, giggling under the dining room table while our mothers had coffee.....but, maybe we are.

Grandmother Oak is 24" x 30" oil on linen.


Anonymous said...

Now that I've dabbed the tears out of my eyes, maybe I can write a proper comment. I am so touched. The painting is absolutely beautiful! You are officially invited to come visit her anytime you want.
I am also touched by your description of our relationship. I feel a trip to Houston coming in my future!

Sarah Hazel said...

I'm so glad you like the painting! Painting something like this is almost like painting a portrait. It needs to be recognizable to the one who loves it. Yes, please come visit. We can have a tea party picnic in the back yard.