Pastel chalk painting on Fine Art Paper
One of my favourites from my “Children from Tahiti” series…
Last year as I was making some designs for a greeting cards company, I remember having chosen this painting for a Father’s Day card with the title:
“Life is a long thread from YOU to ME…”
It would have been perhaps more appropriate for a Mother’s Day card, keeping in mind the umbilical cord … and in fact, thinking about it, it was rather a bad choice for Father’s Day as the boy is about to cut the thread with the knife!
But in any case, yes, life is a long thread connecting us to our parents, whether we want it or not. Almost every child, once in his life, mostly in his/her youth, is tempted to cut this thread, and sometimes he/she does it, but the consequences are often dramatic, at least from a psychological point of view, for the child as well as for the parents. I know very well what I am speaking about, and I wish any child or parent actually denying the other would stop this awful nonsense at once!!!
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When I did my series of Bob Marley;s portraits, I wanted to do painting of the i-Threes too, but well, I got stuck somewhere else, probably in some other music!
Well, in some weeks Kev Moore will do a small Reggae concert in The Pasty Shack in our town Turre, in Andalusia, Spain, and this brought back to my memory my debt to the i-Threes. Well here they are, in my usual mixed technique of pastel and digital art.
“… The I Threes were a Jamaican reggae singing group made up of 3 women, that was formed in 1974 to support Bob Marley & The Wailers after Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer — the original Wailer backing vocalists — left the band. The 3 members were Marley’s wife Rita Marley, Judy Mowatt and Marcia Griffiths. Their name is intended as a spin on the Rastafarian “I and I” concept of the Godhead within each person…”
I did not know the roots of the name “i-Threes”, quite interesting!
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Has been a while since I haven’t published a new portrait.. well, I was busy with some other art. To do portraits, i need to be in a very special mood, somehow ready to enter the soul of my subject…
Well, yesterday, some hours down the coast from us, Gary Moore died in an hotel . We heard the news as Kevin came back from a gig in the middle of the night… it was about 3 in the morning, the worst time ever to hear this kind of news. Everything around seems to break down and the whole life reduced to a giant black hole.
“Last night I returned home on cloud nine after gigging down on the Playa in Mojacar. It had been a while since I’d been on stage and I’d missed it. Arriving home, I was in great spirits after getting that ‘fix’ again. A mere four hours down the coast, something had happened that was to hit me like a sucker punch.
On Friday, sitting in our local at lunchtime, I’d met one of Gary Moore’s backstage technicians, taking a short break from touring. We were discussing how Gary achieved his wonderful tone, partly through the heavy gauge strings that he used – incredibly hard to bend, but rich sounding.
Now, as I fired up the Mac upon returning home late Sunday night, I discovered that Gary had passed away in a hotel in Estepona. He was just 58. I was dumbfounded. Gary Moore has always been one of my guitar heroes. He was the real deal, and the complete package, not only a genius guitarist, but a great singer and writer. There were few if any, that could touch him. As if that weren’t enough, he was equally at home playing fusion, blues, jazz and metal….“
I felt the need to make a first portrait of Gary, but really it is only an impression. I just hope this impression is good enough… I could not do more right now, I am still under shock, having his music on continuoius loop in the house…
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