Most people who see me paint, see my back side. Plenty of times, it happens that I'm talking to a group, with the painting brush in my hand, talking about the painting, and one discovers that I'm having the same blouse on as the painter they saw before.
"Aaahm", someone asks, "where is the painter?" When I say," I'm the painter", you see that they need some seconds to process that information.
I guess, I don't look like a painter?
Even more mind boggling, one has even told me, that after seeing me (my back) paint regularly for two years, they thought I was their sister (who does not paint!), and was suprised it was me.
Am I turning into someone people know more closely? I like to know if this is a more common phenomena than I think?
Or, what do you think of this?
Before I tell the story, I need to tell you some of the background. At this blog I have shown most of my landscapes, but only two of some of my common size canvases of 24 x 30 inches (61 x 76 cm) that you can see at my art web site www.stgermainart.com. Most of the year I wave big brushes on pretty big canvases. With a frame the 24 x 30 ones come to 29 x 35 inches (74 x 89 cm). I had five of these hanging on the walls in my old living room. So you could say, it was a minature gallery.
Oil, Army of Light, St. Germain
When people come for the first time to our (old) house, they first admire the vaulted ceiling. Then they look around at the walls. After a minute or two, they ask, "Who's the painter?", while they look at hubby, who is 6'3" (1 m.92). When he shakes his head, they then look at my son, who is 6'4" tall, and ask him the same question. The latter also shakes his head. Then they both point at little ole' me.
They look stunned and confused, because how could a rather short and gregarious female have painted these big bold, and sober abstract -like paintings?
I am not a feminist by any means, but I chuckle because it never ceases to amaze me what assumptions people in general make about how and what a female (painter in this case) should look like, or what subject matter they should paint.
Like to know your thoughts on this...also when they're totally opposite from what I, or others think:)
enjoy this weekend, bloggie friends!