Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Our Son, AJ

This 10" by 8" oil painting is from a series of small paintings I've been working on recently.  Around the holidays, I just love to go through old family photos, and the one that inspired this painting caught my eye.  Our son, AJ is turning 20 in a few days!  (I feel like it was just yesterday when I was 20!-How could that be? ) AJ was an active child, and he just LOVED the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles!  (In my defense, We really did read to him also and he loved books, especially Dr. Seuss) But when it came to those mutant turtles and any kind of dinosaur, AJ was as "obsessed" as you can call any two year old.  Here, my husband captured him in one of his "classic poses", where he is getting into the character of a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle. The photo was taken in front of our small apartment in San Pedro, but I chose to show AJ in an open "dreamlike" park, with the landscape receding behind him.  Little did we know then,  since we must have been blind, what an amazing actor AJ would grow to be.  He is completing his second year at CSULB, as (you guessed it) a theatre major!  He is an amazing, beautiful, talented young man.  I can only imagine how he will amaze us all in the future!  I am so proud to be his mommy.  Happy 20th AJ!

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