Happy birthday! wishing you the best and lots of smellies of course!
Allow me to be amongst the first to congratulate you on your birthday Mike! I hope you're spoiled rotten!
I'll be sure to enjoy a glass of red in your honour!
Mike, I had sent you a private message the other day (with terrible delay in response to yours). Hope you got it? Let me know if so. Thanks!
The art in my avatar is from a Russian painter named Igor Melnikov. His work is profoundly moving, extremely well painted and usually features orphan children, landscapes and objects (or sometimes all three). His pieces seen in person are incredibly haunting, and when I first saw one, up close, at an art fair in Miami Beach - I couldn't pull my eyes away from it for quite a while.
I think I appreciate his ability to conjure very realistic shadow and darkness, in addition to portraying a very humanistic, naive and sad portraiture of children. I was once a sad child myself, so perhaps this is why they speak to me.
You have a great day too Tovah!
Is the artwork you display in your avatars your own work? It's beautiful, and fascinating. I've wondered about it since you joined Basenotes, but I was afraid it would be rude to ask about it. The painting you have today is haunting me. Lots of pain there, (I think). But it's beautiful, and I want you to know that I truly appreciate the moving artwork you display.
Hope you're having a great day.
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Holy cow, Mike. You are a popular guy! 59 visits? Bill