Thursday, November 26, 2015

Red Surf-hospice

                                                                 oil on canvas 8x8 2010

The ocean is the source of life on earth and our blood is the same salinity as the sea.

My mother entered hospice this week and all trajectory stopped. At 88, after a lifetime of health problems, she said no more treatment. I admire her decision. How marvelous it is to see someone face imminent death without fear. That is a gift to the living. I`ve been present for a birth  and a death and the profound gravity and intimacy are similar. It`s a privilege to be there.
She`s watching a movie tonight, so it appears Mom lives another day!

                                        Barcelona triptych three oil on panels each 24x24

I delivered this commission to the building site of the Barcelona apartments. The project is to provide low income housing in the 'old town' part of Beaverton. I was 'hired' by the Kimberly Kent Art Brokerage. I find commissions really tricky because there isn`t a personal motivation propelling the painting. But the client liked my work, I was given the theme and the specs and I thought I can do this, I`m a professional.

My show in Oregon City continues through Dec. 23, though a couple of holiday related closures are happening. If you`d like to view it, give a call first.

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Marla said...

Red Surf is beautiful and very striking.

I'm so sorry to hear about your mother. She sounds like an extraordinary person, and I admire her bravery.

RH Carpenter said...

I am so sorry to hear about your mother and her health issues. The time of ending can be so hard, but also it can be so full of life with memories, stories shared, laughing, eating something really bad for you, and so much more in each day than we normally even pay attention to in our daily lives. Take care of yourself through this. (((HUGS)))

Libby Fife said...


I like both pieces shown. They each offer things that appeal to me in the way of spaces and feelings.

There never seems to be anything just right to say when someone is sick or dying or has passed. Your comment though about the "gift to the living" is of interest to me. It makes me think that each experience, good or bad, is an opportunity to learn.

Take care of yourself. I hope Thanksgiving was good.

Gary L. Everest said...

Hi Randall,
Wonderful, heartfelt post. I hope you're doing okay during this difficult time. Personally, way deep down, I've always been running from death. I'm hugely impressed with your Mother's decision and hope I have the strength to do the same thing if I'm still around in a few years.
My hope is to expire suddenly, doing something outdoors--maybe in the ocean. Seems a fitting departure for a chicken.
Very nice work for the commission. I'm sure residents will really enjoy and love it. It would also be nice if they realized how talented an artist it takes to produce such a beautiful painting.
Stay well.

E.M. Corsa said...

Your mother must be quite an incredible person to have raised such a wonderful man. I know you will miss her in the future, but I truly believe she will still be with you in the wind on your face, the glint on the water and the song of the birds waking you up each morning.
My heart is with you.

BlueHwyGal said...

Thank you, Randall, for your authenticity, particularly in sharing this raw and uncomfortable aspect of your journey. My sister made a similar decision, and I am awe-struck by any and all who can (and do) teach us how to die. Blessings on you all.