Wednesday, September 10, 2008

stop and stare


We all know the type of house that you drive by, and that you stop and stare at.  This for me is just that sort of house.  

(pve design said)
"I sent these illustrations for a client to peruse for a possible Holiday card" - and this was her reply which made my day, 
(Client said)
"I printed out the illustration and carried it around with me all day yesterday.  I couldn't stop staring at it.  It made me smile, made me really happy.  I don't know, something about seeing my own home - so beautifully rendered was very moving.  I was seeing it from a perspective that I don't normally enjoy... looking from the outside in.  And with this new perspective came a real sense of reflection.  I began to reflect upon the many intangible qualities that make a house a home.  To me those things are children, family, comfort, security, warmth, love and care.

As an artist, capturing the soul of something, be it a home, a pet, a person or even a flower, is what I strive for.  To feel so close to that thing that you know it from the inside out.  I know that as a parent, a mother, a friend and as a real person, I love the soul of things more than something being perfect.  I look for the imperfections, the real factor and try to show more the spirit in my work.  When I get comments like the one above, I feel truly blessed to be fortunate to draw for my living.  I may not be curing a disease, but I am adding a special something to the lives of my clients, one piece of art at a time.  Your comments mean the world to me.

20 comments:

heidi said...

beautiful! I always picture what it would be like to walk barefoot inside.

pve design said...

heidi-
you are too funny - walking around barefoot!
pve

Be the change..... said...

what a beautiful home! You seem to have captured the essence and feel of it :-)

pve design said...

stephen-
essence. yes - the perfect word to sum it all up!
thank-you.
pve

Liz said...

My goodness, that really is beautiful. You are so talented!

Tyler said...

a gorgeous home, i too would stop and stare. it is breathtaking. you are so very talented and indeed, fortunate to draw for your living. that is perfection (that and the mommy gig). and to search for the 'imperfections' makes it all the more rich.

(i think michelangelo did this, found the bruises in fruits and rotting in leaves. real beauty.)

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

Ah, but it is such important work that you do. You create beauty in the lives of others. Art elevates life to a higher plane, where truth resides.

pve design said...

Pamela-
Ah, your words are images to me.
Patricia

Tara said...

Patricia

Your drawing makes the house look comfy cozy! There's so much care put into it!

A World in a PAN said...

Hello, Thank you for stopping at my blog. You do beautiful drawings indeed.I'll also come back for more.

MIMILEE said...

Oh what a beautiful drawing of this wonderful home! You are so talented!

I would love to have such a drawing of my home. What is your charge and when can you do it??
Seriously, I would love to have that info. Thanks!

porter hovey said...

Ohhhh!! Yes, I totally agree with Heidi. Great illustrations -- really lovely.

Maryann Miller said...

Beautiful pictures. I so admire someone with the artistic talent you have. I am going to add your blog to my blog roll so some of my friends can enjoy your work.

Eileen said...

It came out great!!! Which one did they like best??? I am back to blogging I hope I can keep up. I did miss you guys.

Mrs.French said...

you have a gift my friend...a gift that touches so many people...frame this note or keep it under your pillow...

N said...

Patricia...What a wonderful thing to have for inside your home...the outside.

Gorgeous.

Topsy Turvy said...

Imperfections and individuality are hallmarks of the truly beautiful. Wonderful illustrations, Patricia.

-Lana

littlebyRD said...

What a wonderful compliment. I can see why it meant so much to you. What really stood out to me was when you mentioned the imperfections, the soul...A friend said something along those same lines to me months ago when I was pointing out some imperfections in my work - I had never thought of it like that and I think it is wonderful point of view. Thanks for the reminder!

joanne said...

I love this!

Rachel said...

Oh, your sketches are so beautiful. They make me jealous (wish I could draw) and happy at the same time! And I also love looking at other people's homes.