This was really fun to do. I was inspired for this one by prints that I saw in World Market by a New York artists named Kim Parker. It only looks a little like her work, and definitely has my style worked in, but I have to give her credit. She does great work.
So I should be making art to sell at the festival, but I was so excited to finish this piece for Paul for our anniversary, I got distracted. This is a press box filled with all of these fun treasures that we found in a cool old box that Paul had saved from when he was a kid. We discovered it deep in our shed when we were moving, and I knew immediately that this little collection needed a cool home, and I knew just where I was going to put it. I had fun scrounging up old pictures of Paul and thinking of things that symbolized his childhood. I'm still not sure if he's really glad to have it or not. It's sort of revealing, and sort of a strange gift, but I thought it was a cool way to celebrate him and his life. I do know one thing. Eirik LOVES all these little treasures and cries when I don't let him pull them off. I think it's a cool way for Paul's boys to connect with him and to see what he was like when he was a child. I hope it becomes sort of a family treasure box. That's how I see it.
It's funny how some paintings read so differently according to your proximity from the painting. I liked this one as I finished it, but when I stepped back about 15 feet from it, I loved it. It reads a lot better from farther away. (I can't show that very well on the computer.) So you'll just have to see it in person.