Friday, May 7, 2010

The Sincerest Form of Flattery



My very talented friend, Birmingham artist Amy Collins, gave me a gift yesterday that I will treasure. With my permission, she painted this lovely oil from one of my favorite photographs of Continental Bakery. I couldn't be more pleased. Merci mille fois, mon amie!!
( A larger version of this painting can be purchased here! )

Amy and husband Sam have been friends for a long time. We first met when I taught their dear Sarah in third grade. They are both medical illustrators by day, but each has found another avenue for their creativity. Sam does some terrific photographs of Birmingham, with a clever twist, and Amy, as you can see, is an accomplished painter. Please visit their websites to see and purchase their work. By the way, my Birmingham readers can meet Amy in person tonight at Artists Incorporated in Vestavia where she will be joining 4 other area artists for a reception from 5:30-8:30. Hope to see you all there!

21 comments:

Olivier said...

belle lumière sur cette peinture

Jilly said...

How lovely this is. So beautifully painted and I remember the original so well. Great inspiration.

I too had an artist paint one of my Creole ladies in Menton and the other day won a first prize with it in a competition. These collaborations, as it were - although I can't paint for toffee - are great, aren't they?

Sorry for lack of comments. Much decorating work going on here with my two friends who are staying for six to eight weeks.

Bibi said...

Beautiful oil painting! Lighting is just superb.

brattcat said...

This is a lovely photograph of a lovely painting of a lovely photograph. I'm just wrapping myself in the sweet layers of all this creativity.

amy collins said...

Thank you for the kind words and your beautiful photographs, Virginia! Hope to see you tonight. -Amy

B SQUARED said...

You have a lot of talented friends.

Thérèse said...

Friends are to cherish as well as this painting! I like very much the way you photographed it which entices curiosity.

Daryl said...

B2 is right ...

Rob said...

Congratulations, what a fine honor with an outstanding painting.

MadAboutParis said...

Magnifique and it's RED!

TheChieftess said...

How cool is this one!!! Great photo, great painting!!!

Anonymous said...

Is that a coke on the table?

SRQ said...

What a compliment! Tres magnifique!

Jacob said...

You are very fortunate! What a beautiful painting of your photograph!

Anonymous said...

I like the painting.

Ken Mac said...

a single bottle of ketchup ?

Virginia said...

Let's just imagine and nice bottle of wine! :)

altadenahiker said...

Ken Mac spent is still readjusting to city life. This is charming.

Chuck Pefley said...

Very rich looking.

T. Becque said...

It's been said, but beautiful photograph of a beautiful painting.

JM said...

This is beautiful, V.!
One of my travel blog followers, an american lady, sent me a virtual gift: a painting she made from one of the India photos I have posted. It was really nice too!