Friday, May 21, 2010

Portrait by Laura Tedeschi


On the last day of March, I presented a beautiful surprise portrait by Laura Tedeschi. Now, as luck would have it, the painting itself arrived from Vienna late in the afternoon on my birthday, after a wonderful day of chatting with friends and hours of alternating rain, hail, and sunshine. My youngest son was here at the time, so he helped me free it from the large padded envelope. We were greeted by the wonderful smell of paint... and when the portrait was in full view, we were both amazed at how beautiful it really is. From across the room, it appears more alive than I do. Up close, it seems to say, “Soon, very soon, you and I will be exchanging places.” My son departed for work. I placed the painting on my grandfather’s old red rocking chair, then snapped this photo:



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Thank you again, Laura. I wish I were a better photographer. Your painting is a bright light in my life, and so it will remain for a long, long time.

5.21.2010 #2
5.21.2010 #1 (drawing, recently linked)


19 comments:

Old 333 said...

Hey, cool.

Janice said...

What a wonderful gift to a wonderful person and writer. It is a very nice portrait of you William...love the palette that Laura used. Great artwork Laura!!!

William maybe you will pass this portrait one day and you will be a little older, with a little more silver in your beard and hair. Your shoulders may even be bent a tad more, your steps slower but you will still be the man that you are and always have been...with just a bit more knowledge gained that seems to come with getting older. A kind of peace offering from life for losing one's youth :)

nouvelles couleurs - vienna atelier said...

I'm moved, and really happy, on the chair your grandfather is a especial palce...thank you William!!!
The world is wonderfull and not so great :-) Picture has had a nice long way to you and stopped in Los Angeles to I Know from the USPS United Statet Post Service, I can see the way and state (with the traking number) the paket from living Vienna in wicht post office he was :-)))) I find it beautifull

thank you for yours word William

William Michaelian said...

Thanks, PG.

Janice, that is absolutely beautiful. With that understanding, I really do look forward to the painting outgrowing me in youth and stature.

Laura, you should have seen the crazy scene here yesterday. The mailman brought the package to the door for my signature. I signed my name, and then he stood there talking for fifteen minutes while I was fidgeting, dying to see the painting. He had no idea, as if every day I receive giant packages from Vienna....

I’m so glad it arrived safely. And what a great coincidence that it came on my birthday. Maybe that’s why it stopped in Los Angeles....

I can’t thank you enough. Last night, after we turned off the lights, the hair was glowing from the streetlight. I asked my wife, how can I sleep knowing the painting is alive?

~im just only me~ said...

"If I said - remembering in summer,
The cardinal’s sudden smudge of red
In the bare gray winter woods -
...red...sudden, red"

William Michaelian said...

Cassie, you Hass done a good thing placing this excerpt here. I intrude only to acknowledge. Thanks.

Stream Source said...

How wonderful! The work and the spontaneous gifting.

~im just only me~ said...

lol William :) Really, though, I just thought that it fit so perfectly. With such a wonderful and fantastic portrait, the red of the chair was just brilliant. It's strange how things just fit right into our little lives and we didn't even know we were missing them!

William Michaelian said...

Thanks, Donna. I feel the same way. A real gift has wings.

Cassie, that’s it exactly. It’s funny, after my son left, I looked around briefly for a place to put the painting so I could take a picture, and there it was, that chair, its shape, its color. And the painting hasn’t been moved since. Now all I have to do is figure out a way to hang the chair on the wall.

lakeviewer said...

Great work! I came here from Laura's blog a while back. Glad to see the world is getting smaller.

William Michaelian said...

Me, too. I remember your visit. Nice to see you again. Thanks.

Momo Luna said...

A beautiful gift from a talented lady. I love the photograph of the painting in the red granddad chair. :-D Have a great weekend!

Nazia Mallick said...

Lovely. The gift.

And the comments are so interesting too. I am always fascinated with the comments that follow your blogs, they tell a story of their own. Increasingly interesting, altogether.Reminds me that this world is still full of such wonderful people and genuine emotions are not buried yet.

How exalting it must feel to be so loved and appreciated.
But knowing you through your words,I could truly feel that you deserve it, William.

William Michaelian said...

Thanks, Monica. I think that old red chair was waiting a long time for this moment. And I’m a granddad too, you know, so I guess it makes sense.

Nazia, thank you. I really feel that this is all out of my hands, and not for me to say. I just know that I’m lucky. The comments, for me, are a great source of insight and inspiration. And they do tell a story. I love the different voices, and the different ways of saying. I love the fact that I read them in darkness and that they were written in daylight, and vice-versa, arriving as they do from different places around the world. I love that they arise from different lives, backgrounds, and circumstances, and yet reveal so much common ground.

RUDHI - Chance said...

I feel challenged! And love paintings generally; it's always surprising, how artists express there sights 'nd feelings with colours... ROCKIN CHAIR!!!

all ways 11 o'clock said...

a wonderful gift.
happy day on your grandfathers red rocker
will never sleep for we all carry your image.

thank you for sharing William.

~robert

William Michaelian said...

Rock and roll, Rudhi — start painting!

Thanks, Robert. Early this morning, when I first entered the room, the painting said, “About time you got up.” This is going to be quite a relationship.

Crissant said...

A wonderful gift!
Laura`s work is amazing....and she made a perfect William. I easily reconize you.
Have a nice weekend!

p.d: by the way, my mom said "thank you, tell William that one day we`ll celebrate the birthday together!"...ahahahaha....i think us three crazy...ahaha

William Michaelian said...

Crissant, I like your mom already. Tell her that if I can’t make it to the party, Laura’s painting will be there. I think it’s better at conversation anyway, and smarter, too, because it thinks like Laura.

Crazy — oh, yes, that’s the best way to live....