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Friday, April 23, 2021

Legacy work

Before my grandson was born, my daughter asked if I would do a painting for his room similar to the one I did for her back when she was a baby. I agreed but said it might take me a while to execute the request. I recently finished the piece just with some time to spare before reaching his first birthday. 

The painting is more of an illustration, like you'd see in a children's book, than a serious work of art, and depicts a scene from my SIL's favorite childhood book: My Side of the Mountain. It was this story that was requested as the theme of the painting, but other than that, the actual scene was up to me. 

This is the finished piece. It is 30" X 40" in acrylic:


It's not the typical thing I show here, but I was pleased with it and felt like it might be worth sharing. I would be particularly curious to hear from anyone who has read the book, since I read it before coming up with this scene, and tried to be very faithful to the details the author describes. 


12 comments:

  1. I have never heard of that book. Is the painting from a particular scene in the book or is it a representation of the book as a whole?

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    1. Good question. I would say a little bit of both. The book describes the daily adventures of a boy who lives out on his own in the Catskill Mountains. He tames a peregrine falcon and sort of befriends a weasel. This would represent a typical evening of his, though in this instance a specific time of year, namely the end of winter.

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  2. Great work KD....but perhaps a little spooky for a kids room !

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    1. Thank you. I am not sure what's spooky about a campfire dinner, but even so, he IS my grandson and 'spooky' runs in the family. LOL

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  3. Never read the book but the painting is great 👍

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    1. Thanks, Joe. The book is a bit odd by today's standards. It's like half wilderness journal and half survival guide.

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  4. I'm not familiar with the book, but your painting is beautiful. The dim of evening and the glow of campfire are well illustrated. And I absolutely love that giant bird -- quail? -- whether its size is exaggerated, I'm not sure, but it's quite striking.

    You're very talented.

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    1. Thank you, and so very glad to see you decided to look around. (To be honest, I looked at a few posts at your place as well and had to smile at some of our similarities. I do plan on looking some more.)

      As for the painting, the bird and weasel are far into the foreground, this appearing larger than their actual sizes, but they are just normal animals with the boy a few yards back in the midground. The bird is a Peregrine falcon, hence the homemade jesses on its talons. Thanks again for your compliments and interest.

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