I want to THANK EVERYONE who played along with my 'Questions Post' ...what fun that was...hope more come in and answer at some point....I think everyone here wants to hear your answers.
Anyway...I don't really have 'ONE' ...sorry...have to choose 3....for 3 different reasons.
At one time I did portraits...in both oil and Pastel (above) ...
1.) The Lady 'Hull House Worker' was an emotional piece for me... I saw a old turn of the century photograph and read about 'Hull House' I love this piece because of the power...but also the power was there enough for others to see because I was asked by a National Woman Organization who were having a Convention in Las Vegas in 1973 (where I was living at the time) to Show this piece and talk about it in front of thousands of women and men... on a stage no less. This was my very first time to be on a stage, talk to that many people and display my art to so many at one time.... WOW...to say it was life changing is putting it VERY mildly...my life and direction started to change that day...I still own the piece... sorry for the bad 'glare' picture.
2.) 'Buck'.... was the first piece that I created when Richard and I were together (1975)...In the evenings , he would sit at his table and draw and paint lovely Ghost Town buildings ... I would sit at my easel on the other side of our VERY small apt. living room and pastel paint. We listened to our records, drank coffee and enjoy 'our space' ...I remember the air being filled with creative energy...those were happy memory times...we still own Buck, hanging on our living room wall.
3.) Richard and I differ on our favorite doll...this was mine. Maria Martinez... the famous Native American Potter from New Mexico. I did my first real in depth research on her before starting...buying several books and knowing as much about her as I could. We were living in Phoenix and the Southwest 'spell' was upon us BIG TIME! This was just one of those pieces that from start to finish we were hitting on all cylinders ...it flowed with such ease and enjoyment...I hated to stop at night and could hardly wait to start in the morning...I cried often while making it (always my own personal sign that I am in tune with what I am creating) ...and wept uncontrollably when finished. And as a 'surprise' at the ending ...Richard made the special little 'Bird Pitcher ' and placed it in the scene...I knew nothing about this... the reason it meant so much...I have the 'Original Pot' in our collection...that my Uncle got from Maria Martinez in the 40's ....Richard recreated it perfectly!! I LOVED this piece.... sadly, it is gone from our life...living with Demi Moore... the only things that makes me feel not so sad about this piece being gone...is that I know she loved it as much as I did/do!
So those are my favs.... for very different reasons.
Art is a glorious thing...it figures out ways of touching our hearts and fortifying our souls in such a manner that carefully molds our journey in life...it gives us a voice that is heard by many and allows us freedom in what we speak...
Have a Terrific Tuesday