I found the Aque di Rose vase at the thrift store on August 12th. And since then I’ve painted it three times. Many more plans for it. It’s an amazing vase — the first paintings just scratch the surface. Sometimes life brings you exactly what you want — that something you didn’t even know you wanted! But there it is.
Each of us is different and the things that appeal to our sensibilities are different. For me, part of the enterprise of painting is finding those touchstones. The subjects of painting do matter to me. I don’t always know what they are or “should” be — for me, I mean — but when they come into my path, there’s this marvelous sense of recognition! It was you all along!
I never even knew this thing existed — and yet it’s as though I was looking for it. Isn’t that wonderful?
Here’s the earliest version, the one I painted soon after getting the vase home. The painting above measures 28 x 22 inches, and the one below is 18 x 14 inches. (A third painting is still under wraps ….)