Norman Allan : the story
book two: secrets
chapter seven: Painting Lucky
1: Maybe Cynthia
Chapter 2: Past Lifes
Chapter 3: Stoner
Chapter:4: the Sacred
Chapter 5: Spring 2015
Chapter 6: the substance of life and painting the city
Chapter 7: Three Portraits of Lucky
Chapter 8: Creep
Chapter 9: The Psychic Lover
Chapter: 10: the Devil's Story
Chapter 7: Painting Lucky
When I moved into
the cottage on Craven Rd. nine years ago (2006) ~ Lucky was seven, Rita
was eight. The first time they saw the house they rushed up the stairs
to the door: home.
Some, many, years later Teresa's
friend Jerome moved back to Toronto and outfitted himself to do some
very special photo-print making. Jerome suggested he might use some
of my art work to highlight, represent, his work and process. Looking
through my website he decided he wanted to use the painting of Lucky
to launch his service. And I lent the painting to him.
However, dear Jerome, please return my painting.
second painting of Lucky wasn't started until the winter/spring of 2013.
Lucky was 14 years old. I (mistakenly) thought he had many year ahead.
When we got Lucky as a puppy from a dairy farm in southern Ontario,
I mentioned to the farmer that Australian Cattle Dog were the longest
lived dogs, with a Guiness Book of Records of 29 years, 7 months.
The third painting is recent , and I have spoken of in Chapter 6: When I started painting on larger boards with a looser style (using "washes" - drawing on wetted boards), I drew from a favorite photo of Lucky and have a delightful fauvist creature.
Then last week, looking at it again, I noticed that there is an indentation on the cheek where the dental abscess nailed my Lucky.
Just a coincidence? Sure. Though after the synchronisity inside a synchronisity inside a set of synchronisities, anything goes, and it feels like a sign: a rather macabre hello.
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