Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Portrait of My Uncle

In the last two years, I've lost three people who were important to me. When I was a kid and first realized that we were all going to die some day, I felt gypped. And afraid. I didn't want to lose everyone I loved. I still don't. But that's part of life, isn't it? We will lose people we love until they lose us. I suppose the only positive aspect is that it teaches you to appreciate what you have while you have it. There was a line about life in a comic strip that has stuck with me: "It ain't nohow permanent."

I painted this portrait of my uncle, who passed away last year, as a gift for my aunt. He was a great man. I hope he knew we all thought so.




10" x 8"
Soft Pastel on Suede Matboard

3 comments:

Mona said...

It's beautiful Kari. What a great gift for your aunt!

I've started drawings of my family members too, for the very reason you mention.

Colette Theriault said...

Wow, this is really soft and beautiful. I love to work on the suede!

Kari Tirrell said...

Thanks, Mona! Portraits do tend to be very appreciated gifts, particularly in these circumstances.

Thanks, Colette! I love the suede, too.