Sunday, May 22, 2011


You have the freedom to be yourself,
your true self,
here and now -
and nothing can stand in your way!

Jonathan Livingston Seagull
from a very popular book of the 70's

My second choice for a title is "He said, she said".  Also during the 70's one of the top women's magazines of the day, I think it was McCalls or maybe Redbook, had a monthly article called "Can this marrriage be saved?"
They would write the wife's story under "she said" and the husband's version under "he said" and then a counselor of some kind would write an analysis of what was wrong in the marriage and what the couple needed to do to improve the situation.  So, when I looked at this painting, to me it looks like "he" is saying and maybe "she" is not buying it.

Which title do you like the best?  Hmmmmm, I think I just told you how old I am!

Reference photo by Shelley Smart

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Shelley Smart said...

She doesn't look like she's buying whatever he's selling!

Love what you did from my photo! You have a lovely style!

Carol Blackburn said...

Carol, you painted such wonderful expressions on their little gull faces.

Nancy Van Blaricom said...

Not to long ago I was looking at a magazine in waiting room and saw one of those articles... Ladies Home Journal???? I too thought of those from a long time ago.

Love your painting.... great composition.

Anonymous said...

I love these gulls Carol. Well done!

Jane said...

Beautiful painting..., looks like she doesn't agree too much!!
I read the book " Jonathan Livingstone " and liked it a lot. Have a nice week Carol.

Marian Fortunati said...

I love all of Shelley's photos and you did a fabulous job on this painting!!


Lovely piece, Carol. Yup, she is definitely not buying it.


ps. My comment refers to the seagull, not your customers. :)

Kathy Cousart said...

Wonderful painting- I agree with Shelley that 'she' ain't buying whatever 'he' is pushing:) Love that she looks like she is digging in and holding tight!! I think we could sit all day and come up with more things to this painting and that is what makes it fun and special:)

Yasmin said...

I love the expressions in the gull's faces. I used to always choose seven dwarfs from their expressions at the beach, such fun :)

i always seemed to find one too many grumpies!!!


Ricki Treleaven said...

Hey! I am catching-up on your blog. Lovely paintings! You inspire me to spend more time in the studio!!! Love the heirloom tomatoes. They look yummy!!! :D

Ricki Jill

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

Very close to your first title, "Free to Be... You and Me" was the name of a book and song by Marlo Thomas for kids... That would be my choice. Oh, and it was from the 70s also - hah!

Wonderful painting and I think that these are west coast gulls from Shelley, another fine artist!


Dewberry Fine Art said...

You really captured the personality Carol. Love them!

Diana Marshall said...

Love this one, you have caught the mood and their personalities, lovely.

Kim Vanlandingham said...

I like the Freedom to be yourself. Though, I'm I may be tainted by where you got your second title! LOL! Great painting!

Lorraine Shirkus said...

Love this painting, Carol! He Said, She Said has my vote. I've taken so many photos of seagulls and intend to to paint them but never have . . . you're inspiring me!

Interior Design Musings said...

These are wonderful! Love all the comments too. M.