Friday, October 06, 2006

Morning Paper

Morning Paper by David R. Darrow 6" x 6" (15.24cm x 15.24cm)
Oil on Stretched Canvas SOLD Collection of Karen Wrigley
Austin, TX – USA

About This Painting

You can not only feel the change in the weather now that Fall is upon us here in Carlsbad, CA, but you can see it, too.

People go from wearing tank-tops, shorts and sandals to wearing sweatshirts, shorts and sandals. It's that brutal.

And it will probably be like this all winter.

Wednesday morning I walked out to the seawall area along Carlsbad Boulevard at Pine Avenue, where just at the north end there is a fenced-off view spot with concrete benches. I happened upon this elderly local resident enjoying the sunny morning in his light-weather jogging suit, coffee in hand, engrossed in the morning paper.

Newspaper reading, as an activity, has always been a bit of a novelty to me. In the home in which I grew up, my father never read the paper. Nor did my mother. We never had our own papers to donate to the Newspaper Drives at the schools.

To my great surprise, my father, who passed on in 2005, had started reading the paper, I believe, about 10 years ago in his 60's. When I would visit Mom and Dad, it was as out of place for me to see Dad sitting there flipping through the morning paper as it would have been to see him sitting in front of the TV watching Survivor.

Oh, yeah... he started doing that, too.

This old gentleman, on a gorgeous, sunny, Fall morning, was sitting in front of one of the most beautiful and popular views in Carlsbad, yet his eyes were feasting on The Morning Paper.

People just do what they do. Nothing more to it than that.


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10 comments:

Larry Seiler said...

amazing...
has a definite much larger canvas feel to it...
great handling!!

David Lloyd said...

Love this one, David!

Jamie said...

You've done it again, David. Stunning.

m collier said...

Funny what you said about the "sweatshirts, shorts and sandals" -- I live a little north of you and it's so true -- in the middle of winter I see people wearing sandles and shorts and down jackets.
Great picture!!

PaintingEachDay said...

Your paintings are so well done - very lovely. This painting reminds me of my Father ....

CHIC-HANDSOME said...

good picture

Darren Maurer said...

This is perfect. Nice job, Dave!!

Peter Yesis said...

You captured a beautiful moment that we all can relate to. I think that is what a good painting is all about. Terrific human interest and a great story as well!

Shant said...

Probably just trying to get away from the wife.
Its makes for a good study for u...

I like the new photo of your studio as your banner or whatever it is called. It makes you feel like your invited right into the space. I think you're doing very well with this painting a day thing, I wish I could get more collectors.

linda said...

Hey David, Just wanted to connect to another art blogger. This painting reminds me of my father who has passed now. So much like him. Love your work. Linda