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When I was painting this picture I had this scene in my mind of one of those springtime mornings of a pure hillside somewhere in the magnificent Alps and, not long after I had finished it and put it to one side I showed this picture to the eldest of the grandchildren. 'What do you see in this painting', I asked her? Her simple view of this painting took me so much by surprise that I stood back and took a look at my work from a totally different perspective. A beach is what she saw, and after looking at the picture for a moment, I suddenly saw it through the eyes of a child. The snow capped mountains in the background did actually look like the wild crests of a wave and the white upside triangular shape did look like a parasol. I did however wonder at the rest of the composition because if it were a beach, I could only perceive it to be one from the Normandy Landings during the 2nd world war (as it kind of reminded me of wire fences and dark and dirty sands contaminated by the spoils of war).
The innocence of childhood never fails to impress me and I just wish that I could see my pictures through those untainted eyes of youth when I am actually painting them as I think I could reach the heart of every living 'grown up'. Oh what dreams of being young again we have as we grow older?
May 28th, 2010
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