That painting hadn't been photographed at the Design House, but I knew it would show up on Matthew's website. Once I found it, I showed it to my husband and now I'm sharing it with you.
Bell by John Matthew Moore
The digital image obviously doesn't show all the detail, but visiting it in the online gallery made me happy.
Skip to Christmas morning. Marc's gift to me was an envelope.
The message inside said that I was getting the first print of Bell. My reaction had Marc laughing.
Yep, I was so touched that I cried a little bit. Marc had contacted Matthew to make the arrangements.
A few weeks later, I met Matthew at A & D Custom Framing in McLean one morning to see the Bell print and talk about framing options. The last time I was at A & D was when my other John Matthew Moore print, Olivia, was being framed. As promised, my print is #1.
Picking out a frame for Olivia didn't take me long years ago and I found picking a frame for Bell pretty straightforward. Of course, it helps when the artist himself is pulling the options to consider.
In the end, we decided that she'd sit on an ivory mat that would match the color on her forehead (the mat in the image above is more creamy and isn't being used). Matthew has developed his own line of frames and I felt like the options were perfect. Bell's a farm animal, so we decided the more rustic frame above made sense for her. Matthew is going to paint that frame to look similar in color to the frame with the black rosette on it.
Color wise, the finished product will look similar to this next picture, but the frame will be the lower profile frame above.
So the 785 square foot condo is getting another fairly substantial piece of art. I think we have the smallest home of any of Matthew's clients. His work is on more walls of estates in Potomac and Middleburg than on the walls of little condos.
How do you like the newest addition to our menagerie?