|"The Thinkers" by Hilary J. England 18" x 24" oil on hardwood panel|
I have been spending the afternoons and evenings playing chess with Anthony. I enjoy that time we spend together, as we take out the wooden chess board, and all the neatly carved pieces. He is a young man now, and I am flattered that he doesn't find the time with me boring. We laugh and he usually beats me, but I am proud of his intelligence, and getting defeated in chess by him only makes me more proud, and not bitter like he jokes it does!
This is the newest painting in my series revolving around Noelle. It's called "The Thinkers," and it was a very interesting painting to complete. I really had quite a gusto for it, and I didn't feel any stagnation through this process. Some paintings just flow so easily, others come kicking and screaming. This was a pure stream of thought, and the creation of it was very harmonious and satisfying.
I enjoyed the girls "mugging" for me, playing at sophistication in their 14 year old minds. How deep and complex and devilishly simply all at the same time. The playfulness of it masked the very adult way they try to take themselves...as they are in the early stages of young adulthood, and they wish to be "older." Sigh....
So, I tried to convey that, how complex and strangely simple they are, and of course, not let their happy youth get lost in the impishness of their age. A unique balance, but I feel I caught it at the right moment.