Thursday, September 16, 2010

Still life in oil: chess piece

Knight Play©2010 C.L.Burgess oil on canvas 6x8 sold

This little piece has special significance for me. My Dad passed over 14 years ago but I miss him still. Part of the fond memories I have are watching him play chess and trying to teach me while I was playing other things. Now, my son has his grandather's chess set and the chessboard he made for the pieces.
So, in a way this is a portrait of me and Dad.
Inspiration is given by the muse in strange ways. Check.

6 comments:

Diana Marshall said...

A lovely way to express your fond memories.

Teresa said...

Love paintings that carry a meaningful story behind them. My Dad used to play chess, and he also made his own checkerboard. He gave the board to my oldest son, who also likes chess.

Elizabeth Seaver said...

Great story, Cathyann! I love this little piece.

Thanks for your sweet email.

Ralph said...

What a lovely painting and a great story I found this post very moving.

Soldier's Missionary to Camp, Field, and Hospital said...

The power of creation and how the love that motivated it ripples through time. My father's skills were not such to create an object imbued with love and now radiating that love through time to others. Although I can now only find moments of memory that he can also share, he has left the gift of compassion for others imprinted upon my soul, which I do try to share. I still see him in his blue NYPD uniform coming home in the early Sunday morning light. Me from Mass and him from visions of a night left unspoken. Father's protect like that.

Carol King said...

what a sweet post, remembering your dad with the chess piece. My father taught me chess as well.

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