Monday, June 21, 2010

Father's Day

watercolor 8 x 10 "Oil Change"  Sorry it's a little crooked!

This week I'm posting a Father's day post.  I painted this last year for my husband.  My husband is the best father to our boys.  He is loving, patient and always includes them in whatever he is doing.  This painting is a typical scene at our house.  Steven is the little pair of shoes next to the big pair of shoes, changing the oil in Daddy's truck.  When I took this picture I knew I had to paint it.  I am so grateful that our boys are growing up with such a wonderful Daddy!  To my husband, Brian, I want you to know that I love you more than words can express.  The best gift you can give me is being there for your boys.  I have no doubt in  my mind that you would do anything for them and that means the world to me.

watercolor 16 x 20 "Smitty"

The second painting I have posted is another  painting I did last year.  I have posted this one before, but I love it.  It has so much sentimental meaning to me.  I painted this from a photograph that my Dad took of my Grandfather on my Mother's side.  He passed away when I was 6, but I have wonderful memories of him.  This one is titled "Smitty", his nickname.  I wish I could have gotten the opportunity to grow up with my Grandpa, but the short time I spent with him has a special place in my heart.  My Grandpa owned his own shop and did auto body work.  He was always working on a car or truck, when I found this picture when I was digging through old photos it felt like the epitome of "him".  I remember those work pants that he wore and that jacket and I remember that pose.  This picture takes me back to my childhood.

watercolor and acrylic 4 x 4

Steven's painting this week reiterates the statement that I made that my child is an artistic genius.  He  started this canvas in watercolor, that is what the main surface is.  He then switched to acrylic paints and finished the sides.  He managed to mix a similar palette with his acrylics and paint a similar composition on the sides.  He did this during two settings.  I was completely impressed that he was able to do this.  I'm telling you he is a genius.  Watch out world, the next great artist in progress here.

I hope everyone had a terrific weekend.  We'll see you next week.


  1. Hi Carrie, I could not even get to your blog. It still reported an error. I'm happy that I'm finally here. Nice to see that your whole family are busy as bees. Your strong artistic genes are transferred to your two boys. Is to see the beauty of their work. Both are wonderful. Sure you are very proud of them. I hope Sam is fine. I remember very well in such situations. I was always scared to death. Also, I thought it always had nightmares. But to guard small children is worse than watching a bag of fleas. Still, I thought it to be bigger. But ... We say: Small children, small worries. Great kids, big worries. And it's very true :-)))
    Your paintings are very nice. Your husband was very happy indeed. It's funny how just watching his feet from under Dodge:). I admire how coping watercolor.

  2. Hi Carrie!

    What a beautiful post and tribute to the men in your life! Each painting is so beautiful, I love the monochromatic way you've painted them. And I loved reading the stories about your family, you live a blessed life!

  3. Jana, Thanks for your comments! Sam is fine, after 4 hours in the E.R. they couldn't find anything on his x-rays so we were sent home. Thank you for your compliments on my paintings.

    Crystal, Thank you so much! I love painting monochromatically (is that a word)? I do have an incredibly blessed life. We are lucky ladies!

  4. Beautiful paintings and sentiments behind them. I especially like Smitty, very nostalgic. Thanks for stopping by my blog!

  5. Thanks Alvin, So happy that you stopped by my blog:) I'm thrilled that I found yours, your art is truly an inspiration to me.