This is the time of the year when we think of good friends, old and new, and want to wish them a happy time of good cheer……………
And it’s always nice to be remembered by those we hold dear……..
Today I spoke to Stuart who I drew just over a year ago and who became a good friend through the experience of it – he wished me a Happy Christmas and commented on how “perky” I sounded. He knows I’ve had a lot of personal problems recently, and expected me to be down, but I’d had a couple of lovely communications sent to me earlier that I couldn’t be low in spirits……..
The first was a beautiful poem from my new male model, he’d signed it and framed it for me and given it to me for Christmas. Such beautiful words that touch the heart in the way that poems do – the last verse being:
“The power of the artist is to create;
Images for the mind to see.
There is no greater compliment,
The image? That, is me.”
How lovely is that? Gorgeous words and much treasured. I thanked him from the heart and said that the framed poem would be proudly displayed in my studio and is greatly appreciated.
The second communication was a long email from someone who really loved the two new drawings I’ve done of my male model – and was full of praise of the work I’ve done on them – he says –
“……..These drawings show much more than any of your others. There is a warmth and sensitivity that to me represents a genuine friendship, a bond between model and artist. This model is a natural in your company (hard to believe this is his first drawings) and brings out the very best in your work. He trusts you implicitly and you take great pleasure in drawing him. Please do not interpret my next comment as anything other than professional, but the warmth and detail in these drawings, more than the men in your others, suggest that for a woman, this model is sexually very attractive (As a gay man he certainly is!).
……I must agree with one of your bloggers, (Blazing Scarlet) and the description is “stunning”. For me, you have captured the beauty and grace of the male form, yet retained the masculinity and the physical strength of the model…………”
Aw, I’m really touched that he liked them so much! But I know I put a lot of hard work and effort into them, so I’m pleased that that shows in the work itself.
And it seems that my artwork has inspired others to pick up a pencil and try their hand at art – someone who likes my abstracts wants to see what they can do in turn….so the art flows on into others, a wonderful gift!
And added to that I’ve received a very welcome present today from across the seas from someone who has bought art from me in the past, and who I know values greatly the artwork I do, and that makes it all the more special too.
So, thankyou to the people who value my art and the work I do. And who take the time to tell me about it. I always appreciate it.
And thankyou to you for reading my words and the comments you make – some to my face, some by private email, and some here on the blog.
So I’ll take this opportunity to wish a Happy Christmas to you and yours and may the spirit of the season gladden your hearts as you celebrate with those closest to you and think of friends near and far……………….