“A Safe Place” (Portrait of Morgan and Herve)

pastels, pencils, and watercolor

2013

The portrait (one of the two or three best I’ve ever done) is of Herve and Morgan, during Morgan’s first year and, I think, Herve’s eighth….at least in my household. As usual these days, it’s watercolor, architectural pencils, and pastels…..and very small. The “secret”, by the way, is to rub it in with wads of toilet paper; don’t use your greasy fingers…… (scroll down endlessly for further comments)
 The quite beautiful song (one of my favorites by Carrie Newcomer) can be heard by going to:

I’ve been looking for a safe place
Looking for a safe place half of my life
Some kind of Walden, some kind of Eden
Some kind of state of mind

There’ve been times when I’ve found that safe place
Pulled back the covers and climbed on in
Like steady breathing, like Christmas morning
Pulled the blankets to my neck and grinned

In a safe place…

.There’ve been times when I almost stopped believing
Seemed the darkness was doggin’ my heels
But every time a light in the center said
“Follow me safe home back here”To a safe place

‘Cause there’s not too many places in this world
….Just a moment taken here and there
But every time I find you in the middle sayin’
“Welcome home honey, I’m glad you’re here”

Looking for a safe place
Looking for a safe place half of my life
Some kind of Walden, some kind of Eden
Some kind of state of mind