What a day! Pat Demartini, our dear friend and very talented artist, agreed to collaborate on the portrait I'm doing of her. She stopped by this afternoon and with only a little coaxing, took brush in hand and got busy making her portrait, or as it shall now be known, her (self) portrait better.
You may recall, she's the patron, as well as, great friend, who purchased "Dancing Waters" in September. She's also the lady who turned her master bedroom into an art studio, but has had a bit of a struggle overcoming the things which keep many of us from diving into the artistic deep end, so to speak. That's what she tells us, but maybe she's already turning out great work, keeping it to herself. Her immense undiscovered talent is only exceeded by her humility.
Today she overcame her reluctance, (and fears) and made some seriously good corrections, as well as, additions to what from this day forward shall forever be known as her first self-portrait. We talked about technique and all sorts of other painting things today. She painted and I painted. Her marks were well considered and she nailed colors and values like a pro. Fact is, I was more than ready to announce my surrender and give all of my brushes and paints to her. Yes, friends, she is that good. If I can just get her to believe in herself and her talent, she will be a great painter. We ended our day with a glass of wonderful Italian wine and some cheese, conversing about her painting displayed in front of us.
She took the painting home this afternoon, in order to consider it at her leisure. Tomorrow may bring further work and I can hardly wait to hear her overnight analysis. Infinite possibilities remain and I will assume the role of obedient assistant, offering suggestions whenever solicited by her. My excitement about this painting and Pats work on it is off the charts and I must tell you, few things are more amazing than seeing the flowering of her talent. I hope your day was as wonderful as mine!