George and I went to his daughter Kim`s for Christmas Day and stayed overnight. Whilst eating our lovely Christmas lunch – turkey and all the trimmings (of course) I was pleased to see the picture shown above hanging in their dining room.
I took up painting seriously when I retired and, as my background had been in oil painting from a girl, I started again with oil paints. This was the first one I produced after an absence of oh I don`t know how many years. I had bought some sunflowers (love them and wanted to paint them and then realised I was going away for the weekend and it was likely they would be past their best on my return. Nothing daunted, I put the sunflowers on my dining room chair and took a photograph.
It was before digital cameras – when I picked up the photographs from the chemist I looked at the print and it struck a chord – I dived into my art books and found the picture I wanted – `The Artist`s Chair and Pipe` so I copied Van Gogh`s background – and here is the finished product! I sort of hung onto it and only exhibited it a couple of times and was pleased it didn`t sell.
When Kim and Barry visited us one day they were saying they were re-decorating and wanted a picture with sunflowers in it – I did no more than send Barry up into our loft to dig out the picture and there it now is – on their dining-room wall. It has a good home.