My husband and I moved our two children to Edmond, Oklahoma, so that Steve would become a corporate Sonic Restaurant, Inc. person to help guide the company.
During his tenure in Oklahoma, the husband went to work and the children went to school. This afforded me glorious time to produce the beginning of the best works of my profession.
My ballet school in Edmond (which held adult, high school and grade school dance classes), inspired the painting Dance Door Geraniums. Since my daughter and I were both taking classes there many times during the week, I observed this simply beautiful terracotta pot of pink geraniums by the front door. I photographed the still life and eventually produced the painting in 1986. It was featured in only one national exhibition, “The Watercolor West Exhibition 20” at the Riverside Art Museum in Riverside, California from March 12 to April 23, 1988.
I did not exhibit the Dance Door Geraniums after this, as I gave the painting to Milah and Steve Lynn for the birth of their child. I want to thank the Lynn’s for sending me the original painting, so that I could archive it for my original files.
The painting is 10.661″H by 14.5″W, painted on 140 lb cold-pressed Arches watercolor paper with Winsor & Newton transparent watercolor pigments. As with all my paintings on 140 lb paper, it was water-soaked for ten minutes, drained, and mounted on Masonite board with brown gummed taped. It was air-dried inside to a drum head tightness for painting.