Memoriam

Memoriam is the painting I have been working on for a couple of weeks. Not steady as other things have been on the calendar, but now down to the final details. I had no idea where this under painting would lead me, and at one point regretted my choice. I continued on and am now almost ready to call it finished. While working on it I was casually flipping through NPR on flipboard when I saw a story on people who had left us in 2014. This list was not a who's who of the celebrity circles, but instead one that included scientists, teachers, writers and folks who had made a great contribution. Folks that you would walk right past on the street because their fame was greater than the fame of celebrity.  At that point I knew where the painting would go, I went downstairs to my makeshift studio in the sunroom and wrote the title on the back of the very unfinished canvas.. At another point along the way I began to think a lot of my grandfather. He was an inventor, a machinist and in his later years after being bored from retirement he opened a hardware store and built the most amazing Willy Wonka style workshop in the back room. As a child my grandmother and aunt were my daycare givers from birth until I began school. I spent much of that time hanging out in my grandfathers store and workshop. I have always considered that this was the spark that set me on a lifelong journey down the art rabbit hole. So as I have been adding little bits to this painting I have thought of my grandfather. He was one of those folks who did some amazing things in life and had several patents for his inventions, yet unless you knew him you would pass him on the street and not think much of it. As you would probably pass me on the street and not think much of it. We are all unique in some way and each of us has the potential for greatness, so perhaps this is an homage not just to those who have left us, but to us all, always and everyday...

 

 under painting for Memoriam

under painting for Memoriam

 Memoriam in progress, almost finished..

Memoriam in progress, almost finished..