But very rarely does the line between my paintings and my sons blur. Yes, Ive sketched and painted my kids when they were little, cute and cuddly. I painted murals in their nurseries, Denim jackets with Thomas The Train for little Jake, Sweatshirts and T-shirts and toy boxes and furniture for every little kid in NJ and beyond when it was my business, I even did a painting of Sam with his true love, a football, years ago. But that was about it. I dont do kids cutesy stuff. At this stage of the game, i am so over cutesy. Sorry, but true.
Then it occurred to me how my art and my older son recently connected. He's all big and grown and a manly-man now, but when i see him i still see the buzz cut and gap toothed smile and huge blue eyes of Jake at 6. I still have a landline phone only because the recording is his 6 year old voice saying "we are not home now, pweese leave a message"...he turns red when he hears it to this day.
These days he is a sous chef at a fancy shmancy restaurant in NYC, spending the hours before dawn at the market getting the days menu purchased, and the hours after midnight testing new recipes. He has the typical busy single guy NY life, with a text here and there to the mom, who thinks of him often (um, sorta 24/7) and misses his presence palpably. The last time he was home he said," I really love some of these little paintings you did of oranges, lemons," and whatever i had around when i was in a "IM BLOCKED but want to paint" mood.
"Can i have this one, I'd love to hang it in the restaurant?" what? really? i said........Yes, I love it, can i have the little one of the oranges to keep at my apartment over my desk?..."sure" i replied, shocked but thrilled.
This from the person who says "hows the doodling business going?" when he wants to get a reaction from me.
Happy mothers day to the ladies of the blog hop and everyone else who shares our love of Art :-)
Yeah for the Mother’s Day Blog Hop!
- May 1st – Claudine Intner
- May 2nd – Melissa Liban
- May 3rd – Lynn Krawczyk
- May 4th – Ishita Bandyo
- May 5th – Jeri Greenberg
- May 6th – Kathleen Mattox
- May 8th – Amanda Ruth
- May 9th – Judi Hurwitt
- May 10th – Kathleen Murphy
- May 11th – Hannah Phelps
- May 12th – Helen Hiebert
- May 14th – Hannah Klaus Hunter
- May 15th – Claudine Intner