Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Kenneth August Anderson, 1917-2007

Here's a picture of my parents from some period in the 70's. My dad passed away in mid-January of this year at age 89. Dad was devoted to mom and us kids, but he also loved his grandkids, traveling, other cultures, and woodworking. Besides leaving a collection of fine handmade furniture and turned wood pieces, he leaves a hole which cannot be filled but can be honored and remembered.

I've been cocooning myself the past couple months, as reflected in the absence of new posts on this blog. As spring gathers momentum my enthusiasm for painting is returning. So, in light of this I offer the following painting, one which I'm sure my dad would have liked for its peaceful and rustic subject. This tree and fence live in Old Bethpage Village, a county cultural site here on Long Island, New York. Kay and I like going there because it is an antidote to the frenzied car and shopping culture of Long Island. Old Bethpage Village is a historical restoration of 18th and 19th Long Island architecture and culture. It feels like an oasis.

5 x 7 inches, oil on board.


Blogger Kay said...

This is one of my favorite places on Long Island so I really love this image. I can picture it clearly in my mind. The tree lies along a "road" which is merely a dirt path around the village. Old Bethpate is close to Levittown, but a world apart. The experience of walking on a sidewalk doesn't even remotely resemble the experience of a walk down a dusty country lane surrounded only by natural sounds. Someone once told me that a walk is a spiritual experience. In some cases it is.

12:47 PM, April 04, 2007  
Blogger Steve Washburn said...

Hope it will work out for you to do some painting again soon. Enjoy looking at your work

8:16 AM, April 16, 2007  
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