Occasional thoughts,reminiscences and ideas from the artist Darrell Baschak
Thursday, February 10, 2011
Sleeping Child with Cherry Blossoms
Almost a year ago I was in Honduras volunteering for an organization called Brighter Horizons. I was asked to paint a mural on the mission school wall and also help build a cinder block house for a women in need. Marisa is a single mother with 5 children. A lovely woman with beautiful children and poor as a church mouse. When we handed over the keys to her new home I am sure they thought she had died and gone to heaven, it was a wonderful moment for all of us. I went back to visit the following day and found she had already planted some flowers outside her front door. I was very impressed because that is something I always do as soon as I can when I move into a new home. Anyways, this pastel is a portrait of her youngest boy, blissfully asleep on a worn out mattress under a cabana of sorts. He used to follow me around all day, naked as a jay bird, and totally happy with the attention I gave him. I plan on entering it in the Haiku Inspirations competition in Vancouver this spring. I based the composition on the following Haiku by Ferris Gilli. Comments welcome and hope you enjoy the painting. I am going to leave it alone for a day or two and see if it speaks to me one way or another.