(Oil on canvas 60 x 45 cm)
Saturday, April 5, 2008
It's our baby boy's birthday today - a startling seventeen years old. This is a portrait I painted of him about two years ago, and though it is like him, looked too old at the time. I think it about fits now, though there are subtle differences - and his hair is a lot longer! He wants me to paint a huge portrait in an Old Masters style, of him in a velvet jacket with a pipe and a goblet of whisky! Now should I invest hours and weeks and canvas and paint on such a whim? Would it be something that'd amuse him for another 2 or 3 years, then join the detritus in the back of his cupboard? Will he treasure it always and be a reminder of how much his mother loved him? It was so much simpler when he just wanted a birthday cake that looked like a snail...