Friday, July 12, 2013

"Time Together" 18x24 oil on linen

 "Time Together", 18x24 oil on linen

     This painting definitely fits into the category of narrative painting.  There is always a reason for painting a subject….whether it’s the light, the sense of place, the attitude or gesture of a figure, or an expression on a face.  When I started this piece, I was most interested in the possible relationship of the two figures…..boy and his grandfather?  I know from my personal experience of time spent with grandparents that the wisdom older folks have to offer the young is often priceless.  This might not be as true today as in the past… are often to busy and preoccupied with other things for grandparents now…..many would probably prefer to be entertained by Internet and games rather than spend time learning some valuable life experience lessons. The value of lessons a young boy or girl can learn from a parent or grandparent on the edge of a river with tackle box and a rod and reel in hand can’t be weighed….in my opinion.  Anyway, that really was the catalyst for wanting to paint this.  Of course, once that decision is made, the other aspects of painting become important to successfully get one’s initial idea across.  Thanks again for listening to my Cajun Ramblings!

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