Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Celebrating my 61st Birthday - Going to Epcot!

Joy No. 1
Soft pastel on 9" by 12" ruff pastel paper!

I've talked before about - one day - I decided to become a painter! That day was February 10th just past. Over the next few weeks, I set about setting up my new Studio. I had painted randomly and without imagination over the last 25 years, but had never taken it serious. I started alternating between acrylic and soft pastels. Out of the 110 or so canvas' I've done since, only a handful are soft pastels, I am just drawn to acrylic. I am going to show you my 8th and 9th attempts done on February 21 and 22.

The above painting is of one of my dearest friends, Joy. I met her about 28 years ago when she was barely out of her teens and in X-ray school in Decatur, Georgia. During her training, she rotated through my department where I was a seasoned Technologist, 11 years her senior and mother to an 8 year old. We weren't busy that first day and times were different then - or there - I don't know which. But without fear of reprimand for not multi-tasking and working like an obsessed super-worker, we were able to spend that day, propped on our elbows, across a small table and chat our life histories. By the end of the day, we were friends - more like sisters - for life.

It took me about a year to realize the reality and quality of our friendship. She was young, beautiful - captivating really and the most sparkling and vibrant person I'd ever met. What could she possible see in me, I was sedate, old and fat!

Ironically, we both ended up in Jacksonville for many years together. About 8 years ago, she and her family moved to Orlando. Her daughter, Tasha, is my God-daughter. We are family. She is married to a wonderful man and husband, Scott and they have a son, Nick.

But, back to the painting, although I thought I captured her, I was disappointed with it, the paper was too rough. So, the next night, I tried it again on velour paper. Now, this many months later, I'm not sure which I like the best. They each captured her in different ways. I hope you will see some growth on my part since February. Just think what another year or two (or twenty -yee-gads, I'll be 81!) might do!

Joy No.2
soft pastel on 6.25" by 9.5" yellow velour paper

This photo was taken 5 years ago at Tasha's high school graduation. You can see my 'raggedy-ann' hair next to her. When we are together, we are usually in each others arms!

Joy still has many child-like qualities that make her always fun to be with. She absolutely loves all things Disney. She and her family always have season passes and own a Disney vacation package that has taken them all over the country year after year. Her birthday is September 7th and mine is October 7th. While visiting her last May, we decided to spend my birthday at Epcot since I can get a free pass as a Florida incentive.

So, tomorrow, Wednesday think of us at Epcot eating our way from country to country! My daughter, Mary Ellen, will stay with my 3 dogs. Stella, my new rescue, has never made-up with anyone but me, so we are anxious to see if by staying here, they will finally get to know one another. Either way, Annie and Erin are the loving queens and will keep Stella in line! I'll be home Thursday - hopefully with a story to tell!


AutumnLeaves said...

I wish you the happiest of birthdays, dear Beckie! I know you and Joy will have a blast at Epcot Center too. I so wish I had a friendship like the one you two have. I have seen improvement in your work just in the couple of months I've been following and getting to know you. I really love the first portrait you did of Joy. The hair is awesome on it!

beckielboo said...

Good Morning Sherry,

I couldn't wait to see what you would have to say about todays post! But I must say, I wasn't prepared for the eye-opener I got!

It is so easy to take for granted the gifts and treasures and friends we do have in our lives. I never thought about how precious my friendship with Joy is. That is something that not everyone has and I should be on my knees every day of my life thanking God for Joy and all the other people in my life that have so enriched it.

I don't think until now I truly understood the meaning of how few friends we can count in our lives. My life is full to over flowing, I have so many!

Thank you for being on this road with me! Have a wonderful day!

Megha Chhatbar said...

Hey Beckie...Many heartiest good wishes for you. You are a wonderful person and a fantastic artist. I loved both the paintings. Lot of details can be seen in Joy No.2. Great work beckie. I hope I also have a friend like you...Take Care!

Graphite Pencil Sketch: University of Pune

Mary said...

Beckie, your post is a wonderful tribute to long friendships, and is so true. Both the portraits are full of love and character--thank you for showing us the two of them together.

I also have to say that your Santa (in your previous post) is captivating! What wonderful personality in him and great texture in your painting. Thank you for sharing the information about the Liquitex products and the color triads--I missed a Liquitex presentation right here in Jax at Reddi-Arts. Thanks to you, I don't feel as though I completely missed out.