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In which i’m not sure what to do

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Hey guys, how ya doing? It’s October 18th and Keely turned 26 yesterday. What that really means is that she’s no longer on our insurance. Thank goodness for Obamacare aka The Affordable Care Act.


Say what you will about it but without it there’s no way that kid could have gotten insurance. She still had to get a really good policy, which no 26 year old should need but it’s there when she needs it.


For her, the most important factor (in my opinion) was the maximum out of pocket expenses. We told her to get a more expensive monthly plan that had a good maximum. That’s because Keely ALWAYS has complications and expensive tests. I already know that she needs a CT Scan on her hip and an ultrasound on her femoral artery next year, hence the maximum out of pocket factor.


So there’s that.


In other news I have a bit of a conundrum. You see we had some people at our house for a work thing the other week and one of them loved, loved, loved this one particular painting that I had upstairs. The thing about the painting is this:


It used to be this acrylic painting that Kevin and I had in the old house in our master bedroom. Then I painted over it in oil and I kept it around for a few years in my studio. Then I decided I didn’t really love it enough so whenever I had extra color on my brushes I started using it up on that painting. Now that painting is a random assortment of color with a bit of the original showing through.


This is the painting that the person loves and is dying to have in her house. I don’t actually even consider it a painting so what to do? Do I let somebody have something that I don’t really consider a great work but they love it? Is art truly in the eye of the beholder?


I can’t say that I’m “proud” of the painting and I’m not even really sure that I want my name on it but on the other hand, if that person loves it should I not let them have it?


Also, I think that if I were to try to really paint over the painting that I’d need to restretch the canvas and that’s a pain in the ass. I’d rather not do that and I probably won’t even bother to do that. In that case shouldn’t I just give the quasi painting to this person???


I don’t know. What do you think? It’s not like I’m going to become some famous artist and this “work” will ruin my reputation. Ugh … decisions … decisions.


Ok, that’s it for now. See ya!

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  1. Ro
    October 19, 2015

    Sell the painting! It is a work of art no matter how it came to be. And just think, you will never have to see it again and she gets a painting that she loves. Put a good price on it… :) and go out for supper with you hubby or pay your daughter’s health premiums for a while. Speaking of health care, I’m so glad I live in Canada, even with out waiting times and costs. Still so much better.

    • Lynn
      October 19, 2015

      thanks for the advice. I guess perhaps I’ll do that

  2. Sheri McKnight
    October 19, 2015

    I would be upfront about the fact that it has been painted over (but not necessarily about the paint swiping part) (some of my ‘best’ paintings have been happy accidents and ‘brush cleaning’) I would call it an abstract. Face it, another person would have swiped her extra paint in a different place and it wouldn’t have been so ‘lovable’ to this person. Sell it for less than you normally would due to the fact that it might not be as permanent because of the paint mixing (I don’t really know how that would affect it.) Or if you really feel guilty about it, fess up and tell he she can have it if she will just pay the cost of the canvas since you will no longer have it to paint over.

    • Lynn
      October 19, 2015

      hmmm…so it seems that I should go ahead and do it. To be honest I’d love it out of my way

  3. kath
    October 19, 2015

    Art is in the eye of the beholder. My son is an artist. He gave me a painting when he was in college, and of course I hung it. He said it was a mushroom, and that I had hung it upside down. I thought it was a beautiful angel, and I kept it that way for years. Eventually he gave me another to replace it I did take the mushroom angel down, because the the frame needs repair, but the angel will hang again sometime soon. I apologized to the artist, but, I couldn’t bear to hang mushroom angel upside down.

    Let her have the painting.

    • Lynn
      October 26, 2015

      done … also kudos for hanging it your own way

  4. Phillipa
    October 19, 2015

    Everything I write sounds so cliche and trite. She loves it. She wants it. It doesn’t matter how it came to be.

    • Lynn
      October 26, 2015

      thanks for responding

  5. chacha1
    October 20, 2015

    +1 on let the painting go to a new home. The only caveat I would give her is that it is oil over acrylic … and I personally do not know what that means in terms of longevity/stability; maybe nothing. I love acrylic myself. I have a painting on the go now in which the base coat is latex house paint. :-)
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    • Lynn
      October 26, 2015

      heh…i have used some yellow wall paint as a base too

  6. Ronnie
    October 24, 2015

    Sell it. If it makes her feel something then it has done it’s job. Plus it sounds like if left with you it might fall off the wall due to the weight of all those layers of paint. No body wants to get knocked out due to someone’s work in progress.

    • Lynn
      October 26, 2015

      hahaha…I’m letting it go. Thanks for the advice

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