Unfortunately, finding time to paint is a near supernatural feat for Clay. He works so hard with the furniture business and odd jobs (web design, logo design etc.) here and there. And then when he's home he's mowing the lawn, painting the garage, or spending time with Sam. But in the last month we've squeezed in some time so that he could create some paintings (and frames!) to enter in a local art competition. I wish he had the time to paint whenever the urge struck, hopefully someday we'll get to that point. Wouldn't it be lovely to simply pursue all the creative things you love to do and leave the bread-winning and house cleaning to someone else?
The one at the top he painted while we were in Maine. And this one he painted just recently, although he's had the idea for over a year! The frames are even Clayton-made. I love this wood (it might be called lace wood, but I'm really not sure). It's so warm and rich. He's made a similar frame for a Minerva Teichert print we have in the living room, but I'm already jonesing for some more. It's crazy that we have stacks and stacks of his wonderful art, but it's just packed away not doing anyone any good! One of my goals in the upcoming weeks is to stockpile secondhand frames, paint them all a uniform color and get some of Clay's art up on the walls!