I’ve been working on this painting for a few days, and when Misia saw it, she said, “Oh my God, I love this so much I’ll pay you $500 not to sell it.” That’s a pretty sweet response. Sold! to the small Pole in the back.
I think she likes it for a couple reasons. First, it’s a good painting, and second, I worked from a photograph that she took. But that aside, I think there is something about this part of Quebec that is very indicative of the Road Trip. It was crisp and clean and gloomy, familiar and fresh. This image is instant nostalgia. I was driving when I handed her my iPhone to take photos. What helped is that she took around fifty photos in a matter of minutes. She took some really great pics, but this is the one that stood out to me. And so I guess this painting is not for sale.
Film Suggestion: Have you seen The Kids Are Alright? Just go and see it already. It’s lovely and eloquent and is a deft portrait of a modern long-term relationship. And it’s by Lisa Cholodenko, the genius who gave us High Art. (Have you not seen High Art yet? No? Put it in your Netflix queue right now. For serious.) Go.