I'd like to post some of the email conversations I had with my father on the subject of books, painting, art and life, since he has given me so much encouragement and inspiration throughout my life.
We didn't start talking seriously about my own journey as a painter until 2010 when he and my mother came to visit during the Christmas holidays that year and we started painting and drawing together. He died in 2013, just after his 60th wedding anniversary and a few weeks before Christmas.
From : Tamsen[mailto:email@example.com]
Sent : 4/22/2013 7:55:05 PM
To : firstname.lastname@example.org
Subject : RE: Re: .....by holding my breath...
Oh frabjous day! Callooh callay!
Or is that not Lithuanian enough for you!? Glad to hear your computer is
back up and running. It's my lifeline to the world and I don't know what
I'd do without it!
Hey, Daddo, I'm glad you like my Mount Diablo painting. I feel that for a
first effort, I did pretty well. Im still making changes to the
foreground tree line and may do some more with the sky I'd like to keep
exploring the subject and try for all kinds of variations. I found that
the best time to see the mountain is in the late afternoon and early
evening. The colors are much more saturated at that time.
I think of you every day and hope you are feeling well. I love you!
From: "Norman K Vance" <email@example.com>
Date: April 23, 2013 10:59:22 AM PDT
Subject: Claude Monet, the father of impressionism....
Reply-To: "" <Norman K Vance>
,,,,,painted dozens of studies of "haystacks". I can only assume he was
exploring the shapes and textures, the lighting and colors. Monet was in
a learning curve at this time, a place you are in, now, so don't be
afraid to paint Mt Diablo again! You will learn much as you do this!
If you remember my series of abstract paintings of "Rock Crushers", I did
many studies and finally found some design I liked.
Just a few words of advice from
your ever loving