308 All of Myself
12x12 inches :: oil painting on canvas panel
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In today's @nytimes magazine, I read a beautiful poem by African poet Gbenga Adesina titled How to Paint a Girl. It makes me want to be this kind of painter ... one who paints all of myself as I give all of myself to every painting ... of faces, of flowers, and even of ordinary lemons from my quiet and ordinary tree.
I referenced a photo of peonies in a blue and white vase by @johnderian for this work.
How to Paint a Girl
by Gbenga Adesina
With him you come to learn
that when a man is called to paint a girl
he paints all of himself.
His tiny songs are the floss in her hair,
the tulips on her blouse are the stories
his sisters told him under half-nights long ago
in the lost country of music. With their half-furls and
follicles and buds and brown twigs that speak more
of withering things. The tiny sigh, the one you almost didn't see, the silence in her eyes, is the night his mother
died while he fought rebels in the Nigerian army.