"le premier bonheur du jour"48" oil on wood, custom framed to 4’10”, named after the song by pink martini & the von trapps (#11 on the playlist below)
each piece in this collection isa celebration of those sweet moments in between the hard and unsavory. a refuge from the unwanted parts of life that so often visit us all. with their stained-glass shine, each colorful piece will be sweet windows to the soothing natural world and deepest memories in our hearts. peaceful landscapes, still life, flora & fauna, florals in vases with birds & insects hiding within the branches, and favorite places & things that evoke unforgettable memories, will sweeten and uplift all who view them.
original oil painting created in my midway utah studio. thick candy color oil protected in varnish. each piece is created with so much oil paint, brushes and palette knives. candy colored oil paint covered in varnish to protect each piece that shines like stained glass. part of my french floral series,inspired by the floral still life paintings seen in the orangerie and musee d'orsay.
my husband, 5 kiddos, & i just returned from a month together in france. the charming farmhouse we rented sat amidst the rolling hills & farms of the garonne region. as we spent time with the locals: playing at the parks, attending the tiny branch at church, getting to know our hosts, and having new friends over for dinner...our family began to taste the “bonheur” or happiness the french describe: not a fleeting moment of pleasure, but the sustained state of being that connects these moments intensifying the overall experience. truly, it's something that is cultivated, curated, and savored.
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here are links to my latest playlists that inspired the titles of my original oil paintings (2018, 2019, 2020, 2021)