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FREE PAINTING #001 pg 4

My boss, Paul Allen, gave me what I needed to try again in the arts when he shared his opinion with me. I bought myself a small set of watercolors and a WC paper pad and went for a drive with my two young children that weekend. I sat by the creek and tried the paints out, falling in love with art again. It was the first plein air watercolor painting I did after my divorce. The artist who had been murdered by a negative 8-year long marriage, was reborn sitting by a mountain creek near mile marker 55 on Highway 2 in northern Washington. 

SkykhomishHwy2_A2591, painted 10/19/1991

9”w x 12”h watercolor on 140lb wc paper

This painting will be given to the best entry received before midnight on February 17, 2018 Saturday. Tell me a story that welcomes this art into a new home. Give me a week to reply with the winning entry.

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Background information about the FREE PAINTING contest #001
(rules are available here)

Skykhomish Highway 2,
9”w x 12”h watercolor on 140lb wc paper
painted 10/19/1991

He sat down and told me his Mom was an artist, and he thought it is a shame how her art was viewed as not so important. He knew how important it was to her. He shared some thoughts about art and how important it is that we follow our talent and heart’s desire in life. He changed my life in that five minute talk.

I frequently hear people profess to know Paul Allen or Bill Gates and sometimes it just blows me away, how totally wrong their opinions are when compared to my contact with the the two men over ¾’s of a year. The only premise I can make is that most likely, those negative opinions are originating from jealously rather than knowledge or truth, because my experiences with these two was nothing but good.

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Background info about FREE PAINTING contest #001
(rules are available here)

Skykhomish Highway 2,
9”w x 12”h watercolor on 140lb wc paper
painted 10/19/1991

Continued…

Asymetrics was a great place to learn about computer based phone systems, working on computers and networks (which I had not ever worked on before). My job was mostly answering phones and entering database info. It was truly interesting, with about 80 people speaking all kinds of languages.

The company was designing/writing software programs to get “image oriented” operating systems going instead of “DOS”. Do you remember that old way of computer “ing”? They were making “Windows”. One of the funny things these programmers did was BIRTHDAYS! They got pizza, pop and m&ms and decorated the birthday person’s office with m&m’s placed strategically on each keyboard key along with pop and pizza on their desk. Balloons and streamers made from code printout. This was a temporary job with a wonderful group of creative individuals in a friendly atmosphere.

One of the nice things that Paul did for us was pay to stock the lunchroom with food, drinks and snacks. He didn’t want us to waste our time dealing with that stuff and it was a “tax write off” for him.

One day I was sitting at the table in this lunchroom all alone. I had a new sketchpad and drawing pencil that I had bought myself. I was busily sketching a deer I had seen that morning, and was kind of lost in thought (which happens often when I draw or paint). I did not hear Paul come in, and suddenly he leaned over my shoulder looking at the sketch smiling and asked me, “Valerie, why on earth are you being a receptionist here? You should be doing art.”

This is the sketch I was working on, I named it Bambi Encounter and it sold many years ago.

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Background information about the FREE PAINTING contest #001
(rules are available here)

Skykhomish Highway 2,
9”w x 12”h watercolor on 140lb wc paper
painted 10/19/1991

 

When an artist paints there is frequently a story behind the inspiration to pick up the brushes. This little watercolor has a great story behind it.

In June of 1990 I left my home in Hawaii with two young children. The marriage I had left was negative and viewed my artistic endeavors as a, “waste of time”. I had essentially given up and put down my brushes for almost 8 years. I registered with temp agencies in Seattle WA, while settling down in the Pacific North West. A lucky break was provided with a good receptionist job at a company called Asymetric’s. You may not take notice of that company name, just as I did not, but, you probably would recognize my bosses name. I worked as Paul Allen’s receptionist for nine months in Bellevue.

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WIN A FREE PAINTING FOR A STORY?

All of the rules for this essay contest are on this page.

A lifetime of work in the arts has now started to make my studio burst at it’s seams. I have decided to sort through and find “new homes” for many of my older paintings. My painting orphans will only be sent to good homes. I will decide what inventory I am willing to part with with a new one every two weeks, till my studio smiles again. Yes, the paintings will be free except, for the cost of mailing them to you (most continental USPS mailings cost under $20). If you are the winner please send a picture of the painting at it’s, “new home” after it arrives.

First you decide whether or not you want to adopt it. Then fill out the adoption form and write your story and submit it to me.

ADOPTION FORM

  1. Why you would like to have this specific piece of art?
  2. What would it mean to you? Why?
  3. How does it make you feel?
  4. Where would it be hanging if you win it?

 

I will read all entries and make a decision within a week of closing the entry time. I will gladly post that each painting has a new home, with a photo that you send to me when you hang it on your wall.

  1. SkykhomishHwy2_A2591, painted 10/19/1991
    9”w x 12”h watercolor on 140lb wc paper

 

Maile Ilima Lei #9

It doesn’t end here… artist as a job description is not just drawing and painting there is a lot of other things done each day where all self-employed people wear a lot of hats.

Now to let it thoroughly dry and erase all pencil marks as much as possible. Scan and then clean it up in PhotoShop and save in whatever formats the client requests…

Save files, transmit files, package up originals and get ready to send…

Billings, correspondence…

Backup and clean up job files and save. Wa Lah! Done.

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