Tuesday, 25 October 2011

Finished the boys portrait!

Here it is, months in the making and now, finally, done. Felt such a deep sadness painting this. Mikey has looked at it many times, then goes to look at himself in the mirror, gets distracted and ends up pulling silly faces at his own reflection. Sweet kid..never a dull moment!

Mikey, Speak..Oil on Canvas

Mikey's Portrait

Beautiful. Sad. Complex. Confused. Mysterious.

Mikey, Speak Oil on Canvas 18"x 24"

Saturday, 1 October 2011

Autism - Strangely Beautiful

I see you, Michael. I watch you watching her, in the mirror. Hurts you to look directly at your baby sister, doesn't it? I watch you, in my memory I see words from reports floating across my vision...He Looks Straight Through People.......No Eye Contact......these words float past like leaves on a stream then fall off the edge of my vision. I watch you still. You always looked directly into my eyes Michael, not for too long but still enough to surprise me to hear the reports about eye contact.

                 Through the babies toy mirror, you watch her, see her every move, for the longest time you just watch her. Baby sticks her tongue out and blows a raspberry at her teddy bear, you bury your face into your hands and smile. Small pearls of pure joy for me!