Today for Kelli’s Show and Tell I’m sharing a couple of paintings that are very special to me.
When I was 14 years old, I signed up to take a 3-day summer art class at a children’s museum taught by Robert Butler, a Florida painter famous for wildlife and landscape art. You can see some of his original works and prints here and here.
My mom went out and purchased all of the supplies needed for the class, and I was so excited when the day arrived for the first session. My joy quickly turned to trepidation when I walked into the studio and saw a room full of adult students. I was the only student under the age of 35. They obviously had all painted before; I was a novice.
Each morning I really didn’t want to go back to class, but I stuck with it. I struggled to keep up with the rest of the students, but Mr. Butler was very patient with me and continued to encourage me each day. When the three days were over, I had an almost complete painting. The only thing missing was an egret that I didn’t have time to add. I was still pretty happy with the end result.
My painting is missing the egret.
As I said my goodbyes to Mr. Butler, my mom asked him if he would be willing to sell the painting he had done during the class. He said that he had never done that before, but he graciously agreed to do so for a very low price even though his originals go for top dollar. Mr. Butler wrote an encouraging note to me on the back of his original. He also sketched the egret on the back of my canvas for me to use as a guide when I added mine.
I never did finish the painting, although I’d still like to. I’m not a very artistic person, and soon after I did this painting I picked up athletics as my hobby instead.
Mom had both of the paintings mounted in matching frames. They’ve hung side by side in her home until recently. Now they’re at my house, but I haven’t hung them on the wall yet. I’m going to have the canvases cleaned first.
I would never consider selling Mr. Butler’s work. These two have to stay together.
Both paintings are ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!!! What a great memory.
I think that you should take up your hidden talent again!
I think you have a true gift that you haven’t been pursuing. That original art work with his note is truly a treasure. I’d never sell it either!!
What a great item to have. Such talent!
Oh, my you are soooo blessed with a great talent. I can’t draw, paint ANYTHING. These are lovely.
What a treasure! Your painting is just as good as the artist’s, in my opinion!
Penless Thoughts says
I can’t believe you did that painting in 3 days!!! You definitely should pick up the paint brush again and continue painting!!! Thanks for sharing these TWO treasures.
Thank you for sharing this very special story. You were quite brave at age 14 to stick with it like that, and for someone who says they have no artistic talent, your painting is quite good. I agree with others above who say you DO have talent – give it another try sometime!
I answered your question… Hop on over again sometime and take a peek! 😉
That is so wonderful! I think that your painting is really lovely, and that you should pursue this again!
What a wonderful story, Mrs. C and your painting is just lovely! I wouldn’t have been able to tell the difference between yours and Mr. Butlers. You have a real talent!
I know many, many adults who could not paint something that lovely. Including me. Good job.
ellen b says
How cool is that. How fun to have both paintings and what a great story to tell about them after they are hanging on your wall. Blessings…
Lana G! says
Wonderful story! Love that he encouraged you in writing! What a treasure.
Pick up the paint brush again – You have talent – Set it free!
You did an awesome job! I can’t see where his is any better than yours. Get you some paint brushes and start painting, you’ve got talent!
I think that you should finish your painting. You did a great job!!!
I think your painting is better then Mr. Butlers:) Absolutely beautiful!!
Both paintings are just beautiful…you did very well with the one you painted!! It’s wonderful that you now have the two of them in your own home:-) xo
Mrs. C ~ What a wonderful treasure! And I agree with the rest … paint, Girl! You’ve got talent! :o)
Mrs. C, what a lovely story behind your treasures 🙂
Your painting is a wonderful example of God’s creation (and I can hardly see any difference between yours and Mr. Butler’s); the scenery is so serene and inviting… *sigh* :~)
Barbara H. says
Both paintings are wonderful! You did a fantastic job! He sounds like a great teacher.
I think you did a wonderful job! What a treasure to have! I think it just wonderful that you have Mr. Butler’s painting and the nice note and sketch he wrote! What a neat heirloom to pass down!
Mrs. U says
Oh my word!!! Your painting is GORGEOUS!!! You have REAL talent!! I hope you paint and have your children painting as well!! What a blessing!
Thank you so much for sharing this!