My Son Sean drew this portrait of me when he was ten, in 2006. I think he,s really captured the young Artist! Especially the Celtic Nose! It always amazes me how young children have that creative talent, no preconceptions or limitations.
Pablo Picasso famously said ” Every child is an Artist the problem is how to remain an Artist once we grow up.”
While I was living in France working as a stone mason to make ends meet. I would frequently take Sean with me to help on the building sites. As you can see from the following photo!
At first I thought he would slow me down, but in actual fact he was more meticulous. Jointing stones precisely, giving the concrete mixer a good clean and many other jobs which helped me along.
This particular project was to carve and build two pillars for ” Le Chateau de la Commanderie” in a village called St Siffret in the Province.( A Knights Templar Castle.)
A lot of preparation was needed for the pillars to support the heavy iron gates which were installed later. Making one reinforced concrete foundation that crossed from one pillar to the other, consolidating their rigidity.
I look back at this special time working alongside my son and realise how important it was.
They grow up so fast.