Every morning I scroll through my Facebook feed to admire all the beautiful posts from my friends and family. It is inspiring to see the world in the images shared by those that are now far from me in body but always with me in spirit.
Sometimes during my morning scroll, a particular photo captures my attention. I may ask my connection if I can use it for painting inspiration. Painting frees my mind to take in the image I am immersed in and recreate what my mind’s eye sees. Frequently these images are shared and given to the person who was kind enough to let me reproduce their memory.
Art has always been a part of my life. Aside from the fact that my father’s name is Art, my parents have a passion for collecting art from their travels around the world. On my visits to their home, I share my recent artwork in what we refer to as a “mini art show”. I select recent paintings and place them around their living room attempting to find the best light to showcase my new masterpieces. Sometimes certain pieces make demand performances and are shown on multiple occasions.
This particular piece caught the attention of my father. Each time I would bring the piece to the “mini art show” he would stare at it until one time he said, “tell me how much for that one and I’ll pay it”. He was going to be reaching his 90th year on the planet and I realized now that I had the perfect gift for the occasion. Although he did not take the picture that inspired the painting itself, his inspiration has been a cornerstone throughout my life.
Below is the writing that accompanied the gift to the man who continues to inspire me.
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