This triptic is a story of sharing and the life that is given by this simple act. A boy sitting alone on a dusty stoop. A stranger, a friend, a person comes along sits down possibly for a chat, possibly to ask directions. The act of getting down to eye level suggests respect for this individual and creates an atmosphere for trust to develop. Not in any hurry, it’s a hot day, by the way, are you thirsty? Would you like this other water bottle, I have two. Open to receive the kindness by this point a new level of relationship is formed and joy is allowed into the moment. It’s simple. It’s pure. It’s beautiful. It’s life giving.
Why I painted this.
When I saw this picture of a friend of mine who was traveling the world with her school I was immediately drawn to the colors. But on closer examination I imagined a story. By keeping the characters of the story anonymous the story becomes a story for us all. A reminder of simple acts of kindness. I also was working on value studies and tried to use value to show the progression of the story. Each painting gets subtly more intense color and darker values.
What was hard about painting this.
At first I tried to paint these all at the same time and got really lost in the values, it was too much going on at one time so I had to stop and them and paint them separately.
What I love about this painting.
I personally still love the colors first, story second.
Where do I see this hanging?
I see this hanging in a place where it can be closely observed. Some place where people are waiting. This gives the viewer time to stop during their day and be encouraged by simple acts of kindness and maybe as they move through the rest of their day they too will stop, sit down and share a simple moment with someone. But it would also look great in any place that is wanting to instill this value into those who see it.
A note about the Framing.
I am in love with the framing of this set. Ian at Best Framing in Costa Mesa, Ca suggested the 3 separate frames. He also suggested laying them in a shadow box frame with a raised float effect which produces the slightest shadow under each original. All great ideas and I was so excited to see the results. Having 3 separate frames allows the owner to have flexibility in the way they hang the art. Side by side marching down a hallway or stacked on that narrow wall by the door. I just want to say how much I appreciate Ians design input for the framing of these pieces he did a great job.
Where you can get a print of this.
If you are interested in getting a fine art print of this you can purchase one at www.fineartamerica.com