Friday, January 31, 2014

Evening Hours At Home

©A.K.SIMON - Evening Hours at Home - 10"x8" - oil on linen - $125


Based on the Quote: Don't you stay at home of evenings? Don't you love a cushioned seat in a corner, by the fireside, with your slippers on your feet? by Oliver Wendell Holmes

The gist is, when it looks like this outside, you're not thinking of anything but a warm shelter.

This painting is a rework. I worked all day at another job so I only had a small amount of time to work today on this. I don't know why I didn't think of this before but I decided to dig those paintings that I sort of like out from under the bed and rework one of them. As I'm sure you've heard and even lived through, these past few days have been bitter cold in Ohio and many places. But how much have I really suffered. Well yeah the electric went out once and the house got down to 52 but even that happened at night while we were snug under the covers. And we wouldn't have even known if it weren't for every smoke alarm in our house going off and the dog barking furiously to let us know. Must have been some kind of power surge before going off. Hurrah for battery back-up. Imagine two grown adults trying to pull batteries out while perched on a chair with no light. Not to mention your heart is racing a mile a minute because you've just been awakened from a sound sleep by their screech. 

Back to the part about not suffering too much. When all the batteries were out and our hearts had returned to normal rhythm, my husband said, "don't you just love the feel of the cool sheets on your feet when you first climb into bed. It is such a comfort." I knew just what he meant. My mind went immediately to the artist Jim Dine who painted these life size bathrobe pieces (just do google images of Jim Dine if you're not familiar). I knew just what he was getting at as far as viewer response. They were like warm friends at the end of the day. They offered no judgement and were always there for you without question!

Please use this Sunday to think about the less fortunate. I have donated a piece of artwork to be auctioned at a local "Souper Bowl Sunday" event that will be held in our local food pantry. This Sunday is hunger awareness day. If you're local, please come out and support the event on Sunday. If not, I hope you can find one of these events in your neighborhood too as it is now a national event.

The 30 days are over and I did not get 30 paintings done - guess I'll go visit that nonjudgemental, always there to comfort bathrobe!


  1. Thanks so much Sue for appreciating my work and taking the time to comment.

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    1. Thanks Margaret, congrats on finishing the challenge!


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