Last night at a wedding reception, someone asked me how I started painting. After I answered her, I thought the story would make a good entry for my blog... so here it is.
It all began about 5 years ago... One day, Courtney and I just happened to witness a rehearsal going on for a production of Oklahoma. Courtney just HAD to stay and watch and watch and watch. The actors were in full costume so it must have been a dress rehearsal and nobody seemed to care that we were there. She LOVED it! She looked up at me with her little freckled 9 year old face and said, "Mom, can I be in a play sometime?"
I found a children's theater in our area and it all began. Her first role was Dori the dwarf in The Hobbit. They needed parents to help out with props, so I painted a door for the set. The director liked it. A few shows later, the theater needed a set artist. I looked at the huge wall on the back of the stage and just felt like covering it with paint. I had NEVER done anything so huge before, but I wanted to try.
This was the result and I started to paint for each show after that. Wind in the Willows pictured here is the first production I did, but many more are on my theater scenery page.
Courtney has continued her theatrical endeavors and I've had paint on my walls ever since.