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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Dying Flowers

Stephen Rust brought me a set of small 6x9 paintings to photograph in late 2005 and this study of dying flowers really grabbed me.  I was watching my father go from a vibrant beautiful man and dying of skin cancer and congestive heart failure.  Something I had never seen before, and like the painting I had never seen anyone take the time to paint a study of flowers in this kind of state or arrangement before. I did the whole photo-session and a set of post-cards in barter for the painting.  I was so struck by quality of the painting, it is sitting in the room I'm writing this, as reminder of what is to come.

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