In August, I received this message,  “On Behalf of San Francisco General Hospital Foundation, it gives me great joy to inform you that your mini heart “Night Horizon San Francisco Bay” was selected for the 2020 Hearts in San Francisco Series”

I was excited to get this news and to be a part of a great tradition.  Now comes the fun part of translating my idea to the heart shape!

Painting Begins

The first of many layers of acrylic paint.

This project was challenging for me. First, the heart is made out of plaster and I was required to use acrylic paint. It’s been a long time since I painted with acrylic. Believe it or not I still have a stash of acrylics from when I was in grad school in NYC in the mid 1990s! Holy cow!  The second big challenge was painting on the heart shape. I couldn’t quite figure out if it was best to have it on a stand to rotate or laying it flat on the table and even in my lap to paint.  I did all of the above.

My ipad came in handy for this project. I could look at my proposal image to help me keep track of my progress so I didn’t get off track.   My inspiration was from a painting I created from a photo I took while driving on the Bay Bridge at twilight.  Sometimes I like to hold up my camera and take random shots and then when I get back in my studio I go through the photos to see what might work for a painting. It’s fun to see what I capture and if I can remember the scene.

Veedell working on the heart in her studio
Hearts In San Francisco - Painting
Night Horizon Painting on mini heart
Hearts In SF mini heart

This mini heart will be auctioned off to raise money for the San Francisco General Hospital Foundation. I will post more about the event as the time grows near. If you want to keep up with what’s going on, please join my email list. I usually send an email once a month, twice if I’ve got something juicy to share.

Follow #HeartsinSF to see all of the  hearts.

Victoria Veedell Hearts in SF mini heart

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