After the Party

Today, after coffee and some great conversation, my friend left, the portrait of Lucy the cow in tow. I prepared for my first large birthday painting party. This ended up being so much fun! Nine ladies came over, enjoyed food and drinks and a tour of the gallery, played with Holly, and had a fabulous time painting! Some of them even tried acrylic on wood, my favorite medium! One made a delicate watercolor, tracing details and accents in ink and gelly roll pens. One made a golden Eiffel Tower on a pink background. The birthday girl painted a forest. There was a lot of laughter, and good time was had by all.

After the guests left I felt inspired to create an abstract acrylic painting with lots of gold of course. I’ve called it After the Party because one of my favorite happy feelings is that high you get after having hosted a really fun get together. It’s been one of my favorite things for as long as I can remember. My parents used to host quite fabulous parties, and I used to love talking to my mom about the event after everyone went home, while we were putting stuff away. I used to love bringing all the plates and glasses to the kitchen, which my mom always washed that night, no matter how late it was. But my favorite was knowing there would be leftovers to enjoy the next day. I still like leftovers better than freshly cooked food – something about the flavors marinating.

After the Party. 24×30 inches, acrylic and gold watercolor ground on wood panel. $600

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