Monday, March 25, 2013

Wallflowers vs. Favorites

The Wallflower
Copyright 2013 Addie Hirschten
9" x 12"
Oil on Canvas

I am waiting for my case to come up
and I am waiting.
-Lawrence Ferlinghetti

The face for this painting was inspired by an old 19th century sketch I found entitled "The Favorite."  Something about that title rubbed me the wrong way.  Why do we have to have favorites?  Why can't we recognize the awesome qualities in everyone around us?  Then again we are drawn like a magnet to certain people.  (I am anyway.)  Maybe it is just pheromones?  There doesn't seem to be another logical explanation as to why some people turn your crank and others just don't.  

So... I made her a wallflower instead of a favorite.
That just seemed more humble or somesuch.

Then again-
we have all at one point been the wallflower and at other times the favorite.

And at other times you just want to rest- that is where I'm at now.

To everything there is a season.


  1. I was immediately attracted to this painting. I found your comments interesting because it is true, both for people and art. We are drawn to certain things.


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