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I don’t normally draw from photos because I get tight and it shows. But I wanted to mark this day, the anniversary of my father’s death, with a reminder of his impact on our large family. My brother Joe shared a photo of our family proceeding to the site where we mingled our father’s ashes with our mother’s, and the photo somehow reminded me of  ‘Niños Pidiendo Posada’ by Diego Rivera. In both images there is a mixture of solemnity and joy and I want to capture this. Rivera sets a high standard but also gives a good model to use for insight. I drew many versions of this and this is my best one. I never came close to capturing Rivera’s radiant figures, but even so I feel like I honored our parents in a way that they would have valued.

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2 Responses to Reunion

  1. Sheila Polk says:

    Sally – you captured our procession perfectly and your painting evokes so many emotions, both sad and happy. Beautiful!!


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