"Me" by Carole Bayer Sager, Oil on Canvas
Singer and songwriter Carole Bayer Sager has a fascinating article in the Huffington Post about how she became a late blooming artist. My sister Sheila Cameron forwarded me the piece and then we had a conversation that went something like this:
Sheila Cameron: No fair. Doesn't she have enough fame, fortune and talent in music?!
Moira McLaughlin: I just looked at her work. She is REALLY good.
MM: No, I mean she is REALLY good.
SC: I KNOW.
MM: But I didn't read the article yet. Do other people realize she is that good?
SC: Oh yeah.
MM: No, I mean, she's not just a singer who decides one day to paint a bouquet of pretty flowers, and then call herself an artist. These are really great.
SC: I know.
MM: Does SHE know she is that good?
SC: Yes, everybody knows! She is collected and she has shows and she has studied with mentors and done the hard work of making herself better when she didn't start out that great, but she is really super talented too. That is what I am saying!!!
MM: She reminds me of Lucian Freud, one of my favorites, and one of the greatest portrait artists living today.
MM: And I love the dogs.
SC: Thought you would.
"Steven Spielberg - Work in progress," Oil on Canvas
In her HP article, Carole asks readers to share their own stories about their second careers blooming late. Or you can send her a note at her website where you can see more of her work, including her abstracts, which are equally as accomplished as her portraits.
P.S. Her journey into painting also reminded me of late blooming artist, Kimberly Merrill, another of my favorites.