Time Travel - Portrait of the Artist at the Age of Three

Time Travel - Portrait of the Artist at the Age of Three

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To create art, I inhabit my subject.

I’m not sure about other artists, but for me, the act of painting is pure empathy. When I paint landscapes, I become the ocean, feeling the wind in my hair, the water receding from my tides. When I paint succulents, I feel the pain of the spines erupting from my skin. And when I paint people, I try my best to inhabit them, to be Clarence Thomas or RBG, Joe Biden or my Mother-in-Law, my mom and my brother.

So I did this experiment.

I decided to go back in time and paint myself as a young boy, to feel what it was like to be young again. I looked through old photos and got a sense of my subject. I thought and thought about those times. And then I found this photo of me and my brother when I was 3 and he was 4, sitting criss-cross on a balcony in my Grandmother’s insane upper west side apartment.

And it worked.

For the two weeks I painted this, I traveled through time. I remembered what it felt like to be shorter than a countertop, to be flexible like a willow tree, to have no elbows to speak of. I remembered the relationship I had with my brother, the excitement of visiting my Grandmother and being on a porch 100 feet in the air, the sun still shining bright up there.

Memory is such a slippery thing. We feel that everything is consecutive, that time moves in one direction. But art transcends time.

If you’re an artist, I highly recommend this exercise. Paint yourself as a child. Look back, for that’s the best way to move forward.

The original is 16" x 20". I sell prints at a number of sizes with a small border around the print. The largest is most faithful to the original.

The Prints are Amazing.

I print on Hahnemühle German Etching paper using archival inks. The actual prints are almost indistinguishable from the original, and are just beautiful. 

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Wild Birds - Anant Pradhan - Larry McDonald

Beautiful expressive print that captures a crucial historical moment perfectly!

If this moment in time had you worried about our democratic process and our continued fight for civil rights you will love this print!

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Mickey Schafer
Eye Candy💕

The Big Rain Roses have not yet been hung -- they are leaning against a wall, waiting until my son moves out and I take over his room for office and crafting space. But the first day I saw these in morning light, I immediately smiled and thought to myself, "Confectionery!" The colors are both full and soft, the water-streaked effect is evocative, and the blue is particularly compelling (as seems to be the case in the Palm Court painting as well). My mother was a great lover of roses, but they are tricky to grow through Florida summers. These two prints give me both the memory of roses and the memory of my mom.

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Palm Court
Mark Sanders

Palm Court, the painting takes me back to Palm Court, the place and my mind floods with all of the great memories of it.

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Palm Court
P. Hunter Consolo
It Brings Back Memories

You were either there or you weren't..