The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity. ~Dorothy Parker
I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious. ~Albert Einstein
I always wanted to know stuff. My Dad and I were always so good at Trivial Pursuit that no one would play with us; we won with a lot of random --sometimes useless-- facts rattling around in our brains because we were curious about things. If something catches my attention I want to know more about it. In the old days I searched the library for information. If there were any questions I had, the answer was at the library. As I said before, when I was younger, I taught myself how to paint and draw from library books. This is where I learned about reflected light--there is always reflected light in the shadows of an object-- and how the surrounding colors affect subject. This painting is an example of that. Learned that from a book, I did.
I still want to know stuff, but I don't have to go to the library to find it. Now I have Google. I love Google.
This painting is Blue Ribbon, because this African violet in a vintage pitcher won a blue ribbon at the fair. So I painted it. It is funny how the simplest things will give me the most trouble-- in this case it was the leaves. Sometimes I think the painting needs something more on the table, but then again maybe not. So it stays at it is.