Rustic Fire Sunflowers 11 X 14 inch Oil Painting.

This is an 11 X 14 inch oil painting that I painted while thinking about camping;  more specifically, a camp fire.  I painted this for the Mountainair Sunflower Festival 2016.

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15 thoughts on “Rustic Fire Sunflowers 11 X 14 inch Oil Painting.

  1. I can feel the warmth of the campfire in your painting. Great painting!

    I think it’s important to create art for yourself first. Nobody will ever love your work as much as you do.

    I would not want to paint roses either. I have people that ask me to make quilts for them but they have no idea how much work they are nor how boring it can be to make a quilt from a pattern. My heart dances best when I’m creating free-form pieces, none of which would come close to covering a bed.

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    1. I agree with you and understand exactly what you are saying. It isn’t much fun when you aren’t painting what you want at the time in the colors you want…just for you. Not at all. It is stressful I think. I can’t imagine spending a week on a quilt I wasn’t all that in to…at least a painting for me is less than a day but it is still a lot of hours to spend doing something you don’t want to do and don’t have to.

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    1. Thank you very much Margaret. Short answer to your question….no. Nada. Last one was a few months ago. I need to get myself out there. Etsy ain’t gonna cut it when you are competing with 100000 other pieces of art. Plus, unless I knew the artist and had seen their work in real life, I would not buy online either, so don’t blame people. Also, it seems that when it comes to sunflowers, people love them or hate them and I find lots of people don’t care for sunflowers….but I keep painting them because I do! I have had several people say. Should paint roses…Lololol…no thanks. I just got a list from my brother in law and he wants 4 paintings.. A cabin, a rooster and two miscellaneous tough guy paintings for his office and my niece wants a baby hippo and she just took a lily I painted…so mostly I paint and give it away. I do hope to sell but man it is hard. Art is pure luxury and people have life to pay for so there is that also. I am just thankful that I don’t have to sell anything! That would be so depressing if my livelihood depended on it.

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      1. I have been thinking about this lately, I paint for me first and I paint what I want to….second and if my kids have to deal with what to do with my art after I die…..have at it and take what you want. I used to fret about it and well, no more because I don’t want to associate a $ sign with my paintings and I don’t do it to sell, I don’t have to. I have the luxury of being supported by my husband. I know! imagine that! lol I don’t mind because I sure put in a lot of work supporting his home life! ha! sorry for the exclamation marks, I have to emphasize. I worked several part-time jobs for years and finally decided I had to stop because of my energy issues (better now). Your painting gives you joy and mine does as well. People can and do appreciate without buying and that’s fine as well. It is perspective and the right frame of mind. My life is not going to depend on whether I can bamboozle someone to buy. I am not a walking saleslady and I am not into the buying/shopping mentality anyway. So we keep painting! 🙂

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        1. Margaret…are you a kept woman? Lololol. I am. I joke about it because when someone does ask me what I do for a living, housewife is a snoozer. People don’t quite know what to do with that especially because I don’t have kids. I was a pharmacist for many years and I just felt like I was in prison but mainly my conscience hurt a lot in that job. My husband said…don’t do it then. So, I don’t. I volunteered for a while at the state regulatory board and thought why? Why am I doing this? I don’t want to go back into the field and I pray to God that I never have to. So I have my dogs and chickens and yard and house and painting and I am content. My husband likes me better anyway when I am not a royal bitch from working all day at a job that killed my soul.

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        2. hehe…..I call myself now and then…..David’sWife…..not housewife! lol I hear you…..sometimes I feel like I should be doing something, but I am….I am not a chase a career type of person and never will be. I have been to University and I am the better for it. You made the right choice and you are a better person and wife…..happy wife, happy life, as they say and I believe it…

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        3. Lolololol. I do that too. Brent’s wife! The way I see it is…you work because you need money. My husband does that. When we had twice the salary, we didn’t have any more money, just more crap and more waste. I have a pool I don’t use, a car I rarely drive, two rooms in my house I don’t use, clothes in my closet I don’t wear…I am not into shopping and eating out and big vacations. It was definitely difficult to adjust to the income drop, but it was a decision that has worked for my husband and I and we proved to ourselves that we didn’t need everything that the world tells you must have. Mshoot, three tvs in this house and one hasn’t been on in years, the other gets used maybe once every few months and the main one hasn’t been on in weeks and even when it is…it is for the weather? Cable??? Oh why do I even keep it!!!! Waste.

          I want to live in my camper trailer and camp for a living….we do use that and we bought it after I quit working and imagine….it is so much easier for one person to take time off than to coordinate with 2 people that have to find time off…when I worked, there was no way we could do what we do now. In fact, we built the pool and landscaped kinda mountainesque so it would be like a little resort because we didn’t get away very much.

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        4. hehe…..I relate so much to what you are saying. I like to be frugal and not because I am obsessive about it but I see there is so much more to life than a big career and lots of things. Money can not buy happiness or a piece of mind. I do have a roof over my head and our bills get paid and when my husband goes off on a fire assignment, we are able to get things fixed or extra needed items but other than that, I can do without all the money that people chase. I love the idea of down-sizing, something that I have been slowly working on and hopefully in a few years, we will have only what we need….at least that is my plan. When we vacation we go to the north coast and camp out….I hope we can do that this year.

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        5. You know, the times I have felt like I need to “do something”….i.e. Get a paying job…the motives are so wrong. It has nothing to do with actually needing to have a job, it has to do with my pride and greed. It is not idealistic at all. I have to constantly check my motives.

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