Recently I received the loveliest gift: A condolence card from a dear artist friend. Though she didn’t know my father, she sent such nice thoughts. But along with the card was a tube of oil paint — “liquid sunshine,” as she calls it. Gamblin’s “Indian Yellow.”

Pictured here in the left, that ooze of orange paint at the top is what the color looks like right out of the tube. Below with the palette knife is what it looks like with a bit of titanium white added to it. Liquid sunshine, indeed!

On this First of May, when the sky is a scourge of grey blustery clouds and spitting snow, I can think of no better activity than to push a little “liquid sunshine” about with my paint brush.
Thank you, Friend!