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The painting is 24 inches tall by 48 inches wide on gallery wrapped canvas. It comes with a removable half inch black floater frame. Shipping and Tax are included in the price. The painting comes with the story about the painting. There is a signature on the front of the painting, the piece is also signed on the back with the name of the painting, date of completion, and a stamp of Leah's actual finger print.
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The Story Behind This Painting:
"A Quiet Dream I'd Like to Have" is part of the octopus series that followed my dancing dinosaur series. Octopuses, being incredibly intelligent and beautiful creatures, are a favorite animal of mine. In every documentary I've watched, they are always doing something new and unbelievable. I was contemplating them one day, and enjoyed this idea of an octopus being carried into our world on an umbrella like Mary Poppins. What kinds of things would it do? What would it be excited to see? Here, it is clinging to a bouquet of sunflowers as the wind tries to pull it away.
This painting was completed in a transition time for my work. I designed the painting after I went to an illustration conference where I started pushing my work in an illustrative direction (simple backgrounds, simple color scheme, interesting silhouettes...), but I started painting it as I was being influenced by a realist painter, Duffy Sheridan who told me about the detail brushes he uses and the oil painting primer he uses to smooth his canvases). I was also reading the book "Alla Prima" by Richard Schmid that talks about technique for painting wet on wet with oil, a technique that I used for the parasol in this painting.
Lace appears in several paintings I've completed, this is the second painting featuring lace (the octopus with the Red parasol being the first). But, the first painting in which the lace looks very realistic.
In 2018, I completed only 4 paintings because I was coordinating revitalization projects at the Casa Grande Art Museum including a hand welded steel and stained glass fence that and now stands completed around the museum. I also designed the fence.
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