My father is a big fan of The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam. He can often be heard intoning ‘the moving finger writes, and having writ, moves on‘ with much mirth and in a booming, doom laden voice.
He probably also likes it because there’s a whole chunk in there about drinking, of which he is also a fan. He was a wine merchant for 36 years and I’d be happy to wager there’s nothing he doesn’t know about wine.
Usually I make him a Father’s Day card; he’s not into presents (unless it’s honey or whiskey, two other key ingredients in his daily life) but he loves something you’ve made.
This year in my wisdom, I decided to paint him a Father’s Day present.
I took this painting (below) by Robert Burridge as inspiration. I kind of didn’t want to admit this (his is about a million times better!) but I also can’t take credit for what is not wholly mine.
As you can see I’ve gone for slightly less, ahem, realism and detail than Mr B. And to be perfectly honest I don’t feel I’ve done a good enough job, even though I really tried! As you know, I’ve got some artistic struggles going on that I’m dealing with as we speak. 🙂
But I think he will like it, if only because I made it. 🙂
I'm sure he will love it and I think it is great too!
Yes, he will love it! I keep saying–this is my favorite type of painting–very loose–and the way the paint is applied–so much less restricted.
Well I think it is wonderful! I am sure he will love it!
I love this painting – it's adorable and your father will LOVE it – that's what fathers do best! 🙂
It was so brave of you to share your inspiration – I'm always afraid to do that because I often feel the inspiration is so much better than what I can do – but I don't think that's the case here at all! You took the inspiration and made it your own and THAT's what makes this such a fantastic piece!
i'm sure he will love it and not just because you made it, but because it's fab too 😉
hey tara – to be honest i like yours better… there's something about the colours in the wine that are very appealing, and i don't even drink wine. lol! vicki 🙂
I was going to say what Carissa said – you took the inspiration and made it your own. It was interesting and brave to see/show the inspiration because that added to the story of how you got there – but I preferred your version of it too !