|Photo of scene depicted in painting|
Text by Vic Midyett
Shirley awoke one morning recently with a strong urge to do a painting of our neighbors’ daughters, using a photo their mother had taken of a favorite place of theirs [photo on right]. Sophie is 3 and Amelia is 5. Without mentioning her project to the girls or their mother, Shirley worked on the 5" x 7" painting for two days before surprising them by offering it as a gift.
As Shirley headed next door with the painting, neither she nor I expected much of a response from the girls’ parents. Both of them are exacting, professional people, in extremely responsible jobs – she an engineer and he a pilot. They just hadn’t struck us as prone to displaying emotion.
When Shirley returned from next door, she had tears in her eyes, though she did manage to smile at me. She said that when she presented the painting,
|Sophie & Amelia (5" x 7")|
Shirley told me later – after we, too, had hugged and wept together – that she had never received such a heart-felt and intense thanking from anyone she had presented a painting to. This is why Shirley paints for people. This is what it’s all about for her, and so much bigger than any money she might receive. (There was no monetary consideration at all in this case, as in many cases with Shirley.)
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