Monday, April 5, 2010

It's about Time

It's about time I post something! The past six months have been difficult to get any painting done. We had lost our beloved dog, Degas, who I still mourn, and I lost my studio space.

I had to work at home which is not a great thing for me to do. There are always too many distractions. My husband works out of the home, there is laundry piling up, dishes in the sink, people stopping by, dinner to make, etc. I try to imagine Picasso leaving the easel, going past the bathroom and seeing the laundry flowing out of the basket and thinking "I better go wash those". You know that didn't happen. There was always a Mrs. Picasso or mistress around somewhere.

So a dear friend of mine ( I am making a plug for her book on marriage here ) offered me a space in a warehouse that she was renovating for her husband's East Asian importing business, Two Buttons and the Lovin' Oven, a very fabulous and funky restaurant(there are some photos of their new and old locations).

Well, as with most construction it took about six months longer then it was suppose to. is finally finished and  I moved in here a couple of weeks ago .It is just lovely and I am getting down to business! I will be posting pieces frequently.

I have started a series of pieces based on my early life. My mother had sent me DVD's of our old home movies spanning three decades and there is just so much great material in them that it will keep me busy for a while.

One of the hardest things about these DVD's, is to look at family members( parents, brothers, cousins, aunts, etc.) as  babies, children and young adults, all these happy bubbly beings, not knowing what life had in store for them and for quite a number of them, life has not been so wonderful.

So I will post works from this series as well as "breather" paintings over the next few months and hope you will enjoy them!

The first two are:

Little Red 1 and Little Red 2
9x12 oil on linen


Tina Steele Lindsey said...


Tina Steele Lindsey said...

And I am so sorry about your precious Degas.

Mary Bullock said...

So glad you are posting again! Love the new paintings and can't wait to see more. It is bittersweet to go back and view our past, sometimes painful, sometimes tender. All the best.

Anonymous said...

Sandra these are wonderful. Are they you when you were little?

I just finished reading Eat, Pray, Love. Had no idea Elizabeth Gilbert wrote another book. Must order that one!

Anna Wilson-Patterson said...

I am so very glad you are back

sandra flood said...

Thanks Tina!

It is bittersweet Mary and certainly painful at times.

Yes Silvina! They are yours truly.

Liz's new book is different from Eat, Pray, Love. She writes about the history of marriage which I found fascinating and the path that led to her marriage.

Thanks Anna! How are your hounds doing? I love your Arts Hut. You are livin' the life I want!

Anna Wilson-Patterson said...

Arts Hut is fun, a work in progress! Our hounds are doing well, relaxing into life here understanding they don't need to 'work' for their food any more. How is Kia?

Diane Hoeptner (hep-ner) said...

So great to see new work from you, Sandra!!

Vern Schwarz said...

Sandra, you are such a genius and glad to see you back painting and posting.

sandra flood said...

Anna, my greyhound is doing just fabulously. She is a 2 year old hound that never raced for some reason. Probably because she does not have a strong urge to chase. We were on the sidewalk by our house and a cat and squirrel ran right in front of her and she got in that stance they get into when they see something. I thought she was going to take off but I yelled a firm "no" and she just turned around and hopped in the car.

The two pups are getting big now and are a lot of fun. Kai keeps them in line . She is alpha in this house!

sandra flood said...

Thanks so much Diane and Vern! Editor said...

... glad to hear I'm not the only distracted when trying to work from home! There is an ambivalent / bittersweet / nostalgic quality to your paintings; looking forward to more.

Caroline Bray Art said...

These are just beautful - you've really captured the freedom and lack of self-awareness that comes with children as they explore their own little world. Excellent work!