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Young Boy Opening Present - Charcoal

Artist's Statement:

This posting is the first of three charcoals showing individual triplets, two boys and a girl, at the age of four. The preternatural solemnity in each portrait reflects past circumstances of great familial difficulty followed by great familial love, support, and understanding.

This portrait is of one of the two boys, about to open a present, after which his expression changed from solemn anticipation to simple happiness.

Charcoal Drawing

14 x 11 in

Children of the same family, the same blood, with the same

first associations and habits, have some means of enjoyment in their power,

which no subsequent connections can supply . . .

Jane Austen

Mansfield Park

Every child comes with the message that

God is not yet discouraged of man.

Rabindranath Tagore

Nobel Prize Laureate, Literature (2013)

In the end, only God can see the heart of an individual

and distinguish the difference between legalistic deadweight

and the passion of holy solemnity.

Criss Jami


contemporary author and poet

Art as an Oasis™

Art as an Oasis is a series of occasional postings from the art of Carrie Kleinberger

providing a temporary respite from both mundane and monumental cares

complimented by words of wisdom from a diversity of others.

~ on children ~

In every child who is born, under no matter what circumstances,

and no matter what parents, the potentiality of

the human race is born again.

James Agee

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