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 #1 (drawing, recently linked)