Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Silver Locket

Silver Locket by David R. Darrow 5" x 7" (12.7cm x 17.8cm)
Oil on Panel SOLD Collection of Jan Geist
Tigard, OR – USA

About This Painting

Women have it on us guys.

They wear their secrets right out in the open. You see them everywhere... a dazzling gold or silver "personal safe," usually in the shape of a heart, with something inside you can only see if they let you.

There's no equivalent for men.

Don't get me wrong, I am not lamenting anything, nor am I trying to start anything between the sexes. I simply find it intriguing that women have jewelry that contains precious, sentimental or secret items. And they have purses, too.

This painting started out as a 15-minute charcoal drawing on grey-gessoed hardboard
Guys? We have wallets, with barely enough room for a few credit cards, pictures of our kids, wife, a few denominations of currency and a discount card to the local art store.

But a silver locket, with all its meaning, depth, and almost Da Vinci Code secret holdings is a timeless accouterment worn by the softer gender from childhood throughout the rest of their lives, and as if by some magnificent blessing, the adornment graces them with beauty.

And one more reminder that there is such deep mystery inside.

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Janet Karam said...

Wonderful painting and mood you've captured.

Todd said...

Great work David. BTW, I just watched the video about your dad, then reached for the kleenex. Man, that was great.