For Vacation Bible School at my Church this summer I was asked to paint a 5x5 ft round globe for the kids. It was built by the very talented Larry Wiebe. I enlisted the help of my two little girls (who were actually very helpful painting the first coat of gesso!), and my art student Rachel (to help paint the water). It was a fun project.
I was thinking during those days of painting about how some art lasts forever (i.e. Rembrandt or Monet), and some art is just temporary (sand castles, ice sculptures...). This globe is certainly temporary - unless someone finds it a home after next week. However, knowing that didn't discourage me from enjoying the process of painting it, or from wanting to put a little extra time into it.
I live in Southern Ontario on a farm with my husband, Dennis, and our two daughters. Painting out of my studio on our farm allows me to stay close to my family and to be surrounded by the natural landscape that continues to influence my work.