From your mother with love

What a joy it was to paint these…

My son, who lives in London, asked me a few months ago if I would paint two abstracts for them. He included photos of where they wanted to place them in their house, the measurements, and photos of the décor – All I had to do was use my imagination to produce works of art that would bring out the best in their home. The project gave me enough freedom to express myself, to use my imagination and be creative.

I took my time. I savoured this special project. Half of the time I was thinking what to do, and the other half how to do it. Once I got started, I couldn’t stop. I enjoyed it so very much, imagining the two young people making a nest in a far away country, longing to see them, but knowing that my art will soon adorn their walls.

When the first one: “Just joy!” was finished, I looked at it and certainty settled in my mind – I knew they would love it. I loved it.

A week later I started the second one. I didn’t stop until the last drop of paint was dry, I was busy for an entire day but it felt like an hour. I enjoyed it so much! My hands covered with paint looked like dark chocolate and my heart was filled with joy – I was happy! I loved the result! I called it: “A veldfire maybe”, thinking about them, with much love.

A friend of theirs will collect the paintings in August and take them with him when he returns to England, and so my paintings will start their journey to another country to find their place in their home and who knows where they might travel, maybe they will end up in a grandchild’s home many years from now.

I received a lovely letter informing me that they are ecstatic with their paintings – and this makes me really happy in return.

A veldfire maybe

and Just Joy!

(One painting is a gift, the other one a sale. 26 July 2010)

For my other abstract work click here

From your mother with love

Elizabeth Kendall

Bronkhorstspruit, South Africa

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