In July, my mom and I were Featured Artists of the Month for the Terrebonne Fine Arts Guild in Houma, Louisiana. This show celebrated and reminisced her 50 years of painting. She asked me to join her thus hanging my first art show. She was determined with this idea, and got special permission for me.
Our styles are quite different and on the opposite end of the spectrum. She paints realism in the form of landscapes and still-life. I paint meditative abstract. She specializes in oils and pastels; mine are watercolors. The only similarity is our choice of colors.
My mental dilemma in the months of planning, selecting and framing — “How well would the two opposite styles integrate?” Of course, I worried unnecessarily! Multitude of thanks go to one of my mom’s artist friends and my sister; they did a great job in blending.
With sheer determination, my mom was present at the art gallery to “supervise”. It took her several days to recuperate from the effort. These photos were taken during the hanging of the show. With caring for my mom, I did not get an opportunity to return for more polished photos.
I am humbled and honored my first show coincided with my mom’s last.
© rgb for “On Dragonfly Wings with Buttercup Tea”, 2011 – 2013