I got an email a while back from a sweet lady who stumbled onto Idle Minutes while searching for artwork. She and her husband had traveled to Zion National Park a few years prior and became enchanted with the place as they backpacked it together on a really tight budget. They were looking for a watercolor of the American West to hang in the family room and wondered of I ever sold my paintings.
I generally don't. I've tried a few times but found that painting for a market was no fun.
Like most of us, these two young people are not big time collectors or able to afford commissioning an artist for a specific painting. They are regular folk just like you and me. So, rather than pretend to be the big time artist that I'm not, I painted this scene from Zion for them for the simple pleasure of knowing that someone actually appreciated something I painted enough to hang it in their home
I'm of the opinion that few things are sacred anymore. Even religion has turned into big business, big money and showmanship. So my effort here is to give freely of my inner thinking and feeling about the scene, put that down paint to paper, and pass it on to someone in the hopes that it helps them enjoy times past when they endeavored to backpack Zion together and likewise make a journey of life together. Call it a wedding present for someone I don't know