Sunday, 3 May 2009

Dad jobs.....

We all know that Dad's bare the crushing weight of responsibility for their offspring with quiet dignity.
None more so than the figure in the painting above. I was watching and daubing away as he and his two small boys started the sandcastle.
Within ten minutes the famous North Sea 'fret' had crept up behind them, cold damp and visually disturbing.
After a further quarter of an hour, Mum whisked the youngsters off to the Beach Cafe for warming Tea and Bacon Sarnies.
He and I stuck at our tasks. Him, because he knew the sandcastle had to be complete before the tide got to it........I, in solidarity for his unflinching application to the task, finished my daub.
Twenty minutes passed, we exchanged a brief nod of shared recognition, and went our separate ways.

6 comments:

Joan Sandford-Cook said...

Great post - love the storyline. Thanks for all the work to get the NOVA Beccles show up and running. - it was a great evening at the preview and thought Michelle had hung our work so well with all its diversity and numbers.

Southern Vixen said...

I would have loved being on the beach with y'all. What a gorgeous picture in my mind and in your painting. I've been there before - perhaps not in the same geographical location, but the same, wonderful situation. There is nothing more satisfying (and exhausting) than being a parent.

I would love this on my wall. But then again, I would love any of yours on my wall...

travelling, but not in love said...

Love the picture. It's a very british thing, no? Building sandcastles, despite the inevitability of the tide. Oh Lord, that sounds deeper than it's meant to...

knifepainter said...

Hi Joan, I'm pleased you're pleased, lets hope we sell a few bits.

Thanks SoVix, I like the piece, and he liked his sand castle, so a win-win all round !

TBNiL, I think the sand castle thing is very Anglo-Saxon. Maybe we are getting short of castles of our own.......

The Hangar Queen said...

That is a great picture and a great story.

Always found sandcastles a bit Zen.

Now I'm blessed with three bowsies who play time and tide's roles FAR more effectively.

knifepainter said...

Hey HQ, nice of you to drop in.

My kids laugh at me for making sand castles......but they are 16 and 13 now, so I 'spose I am the personification of un-cool !