Thursday, October 21, 2010
This is a new piece, "Never Forgotten". I finished it a little while ago as I was reminiscing about an old friend who was killed in a car accident when I was in grade 11. October 2nd marked 7 years since the accident. His name was Rob, we called him "Newky" for short :) My family moved in across the street from him and his sister when I was 5. I have so many great childhood memories thanks to Rob and Sam... playing on the farm, sneaking into the corn field behind their house, climbing trees, playing house on the trampoline, having picnics under the tree of the grumpy old farmers house and getting kicked out, sneaking over to their house to listen to Backstreet Boys and play Girl Talk :) My childhood would not have been nearly as exciting without them. In highschool he was always there for me, looking out for me, he was like my big brother. It was a cold sunday morning when my sister came downstairs to tell me Rob had been in an accident the night before just down the road, and didnt make it. The last time I saw him was just days before and I didnt believe her. I didnt want to believe her. He was so loved by so many, everybody who met him was instantly drawn to his kind heart, he made instant friends everywhere he went. He made a difference for so many people.
This painting is in memory of my friend Rob. It measures 12x48" and was painted with acrylic, liquid leaf and metallic gold on wood cradled panel and finished with a layer of resin. The resin looks like a layer of glass over the painting, I have wanted to try resin for a while and finally did it. If you look closely you can see the birds flying in the sky. The colors remind me of an old photograph, an old memory. You are forever in our hearts Rob.