A new follower on Twitter made a comment that she'd like to sell my birdhouses. I'm so flattered and happy that people like the birdhouses I paint. I have to tell you I buy the wooden birdhouses at Michael's, even bought some at Walmart and Hobby Lobby. Each of the birdhouses I've painted have been a labor of love, individualized for whoever I'm giving it to and not for sale. I did try painting one with specifications so almost a commissioned birdhouse except it was a gift and I have to say that I felt so confined by the specifications that it wasn't as much fun, I don't think it turned out as nicely as all the ones done from my heart, thinking about that person with each paint stroke and idea.
The oil painting I did for a friend recently is actually a painting from a Walter Foster instructional art booklet that she just fell in love with. I have gotten so used to doing my own original art that I wondered how different this one might look from the original I did when I first started painting. It was a good experience to paint again from someone else's work and I think this turned out even better. Also I recalled some of the techniques I learned from my painting instruction years ago and think that's why the oil painting above flowed so easily from my thoughts.
Tomorrow I take the painting to my friend that my husband lovingly framed for me today. I'm so grateful that I get to share my love of art and gifts I've been blessed with and hope my friend enjoys this painting for years to come.