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Saturday, May 2, 2009

Illustration Friday - Hierarchy


The Daughters of Faith Hope Charity. 36"x48" Oil on Canvas

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Mother's name in English means Faith Hope Charity. So I am not the youngest but I always felt I was the lowest in the totem pole in our sisterhood hierarchy. I am not complaining. That's just the way it was when it came to seeking each other's advice. Even my younger sister was sought for advice over me. Me, I was the last recourse. Nobody sought my advice. Everyone just dispatched me to run errands and get rid of the bullies. I felt I was my sisters' protectors, not that they needed any protection, actually they were trying to protect me, they always pulled me away from fistfights with the neighborhood boys. There was a family where the sons were named Junior, Wambol and Robot. Junior and Wambol were such bullies and I was not going to take any of the crap they gave my younger sister but my older sisters did not want me to get into fights. So while they pulled me away, Junior continued hitting and sometimes grabbed my dress and ripped it. That did not make me happy. I started wearing overalls and then one day, I taught him a lesson. Oh that was fun to remember that!
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I love them all but I am especially very close to my eldest sister, she always helped explain my behavior to my parents hoping they would understand and show some leniency. She also gave me my first set of tempera, charcoal and professional colored pencils.
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By the way, I have two older brothers and they asked for my advice.
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27 comments:

Manon Doyle said...

I just love love this painting Ces!!
You know..... I've only been reading your posts for a short time but I can tell that you'd be someone that I'd definitely seek advise from. You are a very wise, strong woman!

Ces said...

Thanks Manon. Be careful about asking for advice from me. You know I am Republican. HAHAHAHAHA!

Edrian Thomidis said...

That's quite a big family you have! I love the painting and I think it's perfect for the theme!

Bella Sinclair said...

This is SPECTACULAR! I think this is my new favorite of yours. WOW! I just gaze into all those faces, how they are all leaning on each other, and I feel such warmth and support. My, those eyes, those soulful faces. This is richness on so many levels. Absolutely stunning.

Have you ever done one that included your brothers, too?

You are the one I run to when I want advice. You've never failed me, and I'm so grateful for your sisterly support.

Baino said...

That's some massive family Ces, 8 in all? I'm the eldest and sometimes I feel like the grandma to my youngest niece and nephew rather than their Auntie! Yes I'm the Agony Aunt . .to more than family I can tell you. Seems I mmissed my calling as a psychiatrist or counsellor! Great painting too - as always! Why do you not paint your brothers?

soulbrush said...

this is magnificent ces. and so lovely too.

Ces said...

Hello Edrian! Yes, I have 5 sisters and 2 brothers! I loved being in a big family. It was so much fun growing up with my siblings. Thank you.

Bella, I think every painting I put up becomes your new favorite. Thank you. I feel the same about your drawings too! I have not tried painting my whole family, my gosh I need a bigger canvas. Maybe I should. I have drawn my familt in pen though, and they are in my previous posts. Both of my brothers are older and I am next to the younger of the two. My brother and my younger sister were my closest childhood playmates. The three of us were always considered "the little ones".

Baino, I should paint my brothers. It's hard to paint your family, very emotional. I remeber painting this one, very heavy, even if it is not realistic. The emotions I assign to each figure is taxing. I am sure your family loves you very much. I read your blog and you all seem very happy. I would like to have an aunt or cousin like you.

Thank you Soulbrush!

Bella Sinclair said...

HEY! I love that pen drawing of your whole family!!! Everyone's so happy.

I really wished I could have a big family. So much chaos, but also so much fun.

Ces said...

Thanks Bella. Yes it was very noisy! My parents loved a full house! Well, I can adopt you!

Lizzy Frizzfrock said...

Absolutely beautiful! You are so talented. I love seeing your work. Which sister are you?

buckram and bembo said...

yeah! i look skinny

Ces said...

Hi Lizzy, the one on the left lower corner.

Inday, yes and young too! :)

Princess Pepper Cloud said...

you are a very talented artist, exploiting the color pallet to its fullest. your story made me smile. so honest.

Ces said...

Hi Princess, thank you.

Renee said...

Ces you have to be the little one in the back row with the white socks and black shoes.

You are so gorgeous and the painting. Oh my God and the family picture in the journal. Oh my double God.

You are amazing.

I would have been seeking your advice. And if I need help now I know that I will seek your advice.

Love Renee xoxo

Ces said...

Thank you Renee. How did you know?Thanks for the sweet compliments.

Bella Sinclair said...

Is this one hanging? I hope so.

Ces said...

Actually no. It's 36x48 and I don't have enough walls left plus I once thought of painting over it.

Caroline said...

Wonderful painting, Ces.......you must never paint over it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! What must it be like to have so many sisters(and brothers)? I have but one brother - and he's 9 years my senior, so had an almost only child childhood!

BT said...

Ces, you can't adopt Bella. I'm adopting you, so if you adopt Bella - oh that's ok, I'll adopt you both! And Renee, because she's nuts too.
Lovely painting, full of colour and warmth. You must paint your brother too. Give them a painting of their own maybe? I loved your story. Ha ha, served that bully right. 'He didn't bleed much'. Ha ha, what a star.

Tessa said...

Sweet jumping jahosaphat DON'T paint over it. Gor flippin' heck, I'll BUY it.... Actually no, it is a heirloom for your children.

Absolutely and utterly SUPERB. My dear Ces, your paintings leave me quite breathless with delight. You are an exceptional artist. In fact all of you is pretty darned amazing.

Ces said...

Okay I won't paint over it Caroline. Thank you. I love having many sisters and my two brothers are very cool. They are both brainiacs but one is very artistic and let me use his Rotring pens when I was in grade school.

Hi BT, thinking about it now, I do remember getting stressed and anxious over those situations, which is probably why I dreamt of swallowing boulders.

Tessa, I love your expression. There goes the flippin 'eck again! Caroline Smailes uses that too and I think Miladysa too. They are both English. Okay, I won't paint over it.

It's interesting how some people perceive my paintings.

aimee said...

this is a brilliant way to interpret hierarchy - once again, a beautiful, thoughtful piece of artwork. don't you dare paint over it!!

Ces said...

Hi Aimee, thank you. Okay, I won't.

froggie said...

ces this is positively GORGEOUS! you paint over this and i'm coming there and snatching up alllll your wingtip shoes! wow...love this piece! wonnderful colors, the strength and beauty in each of their faces. bravo, ces-girl! :))

Valerie Lorimer said...

This is beautiful Ces! It really draws you in. Great use of color. Just wonderful!

Rui Sousa said...

Lovely work, very funny! congratulations!

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