Spent a late summer afternoon gazing down this driveway. The couple that lives in this house arrived home while I was well into painting this composition, and parked their car along the side of the warn driveway. They were well past middle aged. He, seemed to suffer from Parkinson’s, was slow, and fragile. When, together, they arrived at the other side of my easel to see what I was doing, she kindly pointed at my painting and asked her husband, “Can you see? Can you recognize what this is? It’s our house.” He gave no answer. She smiled at me and made small talk for a short time, then took her husband’s arm and led him down the driveway. Without looking back, she yelled back at me, “If you need me to move the car, let me know”. The day was another lesson on painting; painting a heavy, gray and misty day. It was also another lesson on what love is. What a marriage is. And what a home is.
Adam McCauleyJanuary 21, 2010
Beautiful painting, Peter.
Mike-skiJanuary 21, 2010
Nice painting (and story)
If only we could paint a life for ourselves.
Scott BakalJanuary 21, 2010
Beautiful painting. Beautiful story, Peter. You spoke volumes.
Leo EspinosaJanuary 21, 2010
Life and love change too fast and never give us the chance to have it all figured out. It's like your beautiful painting, you were not expecting that car to arrive and become part of the composition (nor to have such an interaction with its owners). before the idea of your painting was perfect but with the car, the people and what it all represents for you right now, it became more than perfect.
Thank you for this post, Pedro. It had a calming effect on me.
Stephen GardnerJanuary 21, 2010
Cathie BleckJanuary 21, 2010
Beautiful, all the way around!
Robert HuntJanuary 22, 2010
This is what it's all about. Brilliant!
Hal MayforthJanuary 22, 2010
Beautiful painting, poignant story. Great post, Peter.
Dale StephanosJanuary 22, 2010
Really beautiful Peter. This is the kind of experience you don't get in the studio.
Victor JuhaszJanuary 22, 2010
Lovely painting. Nice vignette of a story. The car works perfectly in the image, slightly teetered, like most of us.
peterJanuary 22, 2010
Thanks for stopping in guys.
Your comments got me thinking about a related topic.
Often students of mine talk about the difficulty of sitting for three hours and drawing.
They talk about feeling board, or the pain of drawing lifeless objects, they insist on i pods and texting to distract them, the model has to take a new pose every two minutes, five minutes, ten minutes.
I truly understand the difficulty but I offer them this. The gift of learning to paint and draw is all that you learn from painting and drawing; all that arrives in front of your easel, all that you discover while sitting and observing the moment, the simple yet profound performance of a model posing nude under a light. What poetry! What and amazing composition! you, your easel, and your subject.
Christian SladeJanuary 22, 2010
Amazing Peter! Simply perfect.
Hope you are well my friend!
Victor JuhaszJanuary 22, 2010
What you are describing among students is the fast cut, scene change, shortened attention span culture that has been happening since music videos became a form of communication. Think of all the movies you've seen of late where the scene is not cutting every 2 seconds. The concept of just watching people act in a setting is quite lost. And it's affected the generation that grew up with it. Distraction is the name of the game.
PeterJanuary 22, 2010
OY I know . . .
You so right . . .
One of the reasons I love old movies is that the camera is still and the actors kind of stage action.
I love watching a good long take where the actors move through the environment, changing the 2D composition.
I'm hoping that stillness and depth of experience is an innate human quality/need that just needs to be introduced and practiced.
Speaking of movies, as a kid i remember envying the Karate Kid's training. Or even the long journey that the boys took in Stand By Me.
As a teacher I try to offer/create this kind of environment so that the students can experience it, know it and hopefully choose it as they get older OR at least when they need it.
I think movie makers feel that this quick cutting fast pace type of production helps with the audiences capacity to be totally immersed. There are all types of total immersion. Some happen through contemplation, fine writing, connection with the characters. I listened to an MLK speech last night on the radio. It was long . . I was totally immersed staring at the radio.
I think the ability to stay attentive is in us . . . we just need to practice it and learn what's enriching about it.
Thanks for the coverstaion Vic
Cathleen ToelkeJanuary 22, 2010
What a wonderful story, painting, and experience, Peter. It reminds me of my own parents, the stories of friends about their parents, and the years spent in that kind of house. It all goes by, barely noticed by anyone but the couple themselves.
ShoutJanuary 25, 2010
beautiful landscape Peter!
I can see the real life here
www.buttnekkiddoodles.comJanuary 25, 2010
Hey Peter, I dig the painting of the home up the drivewy. Perfectly captures the mood. Looked in on your other wook, nice stuff. I have a fondness for drawing commuters also. Found you site thru Russ Stutler's Sketching Forum. Cheers, Don
PeterJanuary 26, 2010
Cheers Don. Thanks for taking a look. I'm about to head over to your site as well as the other one you mentioned.