Autumn, pastel on paper , 18 x 24″
I received word that this painting, which has been in my flat files for perhaps six years now, is going to be purchased. Pulling it out and re-viewing it brought back a lot of memories.
A Moment Revisited
The subject, A. T., was in college in NYC as an art major but here in Hawai’i on a visit home. Now, she’s happily married and with two children, something that certainly wasn’t on her immediate horizon then. I was doing mostly the ocean pieces that many viewers are used to seeing, and wanted to exercise (or revive) the portrait side of myself. So I engaged her for a few drawings and paintings during afternoons. I thought it was a good fit. We talked about life a lot while she was posing. I was a Sunday School teacher at the time, and my thoughts tended toward the philosophical and spiritual, which is still true I suppose. Posing is tedious work and she did very well. Things change, people change, and life passes quickly. I should do more of these. They don’t stop any of the change, certainly, but they contain it somehow and there’s a solid satisfaction in providing that for other people’s lives.
You going to pose for me sometime? You have a “formidable countenance”.