Sitting on a shelf in my kitchen I have the original painting of this subject.
I am so busy most of the time, that I just glance at it. What I didn't remember
until tonight when I picked it up to check the date, was that I painted
2 versions of this painting. The first (the one I still own) Reading
in the kitchen, I painted in 2009 of my wonderful model, Shakoya.
She is dressed in a formal, supposedly getting ready to go out to a
dance, and reading a magazine. I asked myself tonight, "where's the heart ?"
The version I'm showing you tonight Reading with Heart is the second one,
created to be donated to a fund raising event, the Heartbeats of Africa show in
2010, an auction held for the Stephen Lewis Foundation to help buy antiretroviral
drugs for people suffering from AIDS in Africa.
I'd forgotten about this. After I saw Stephen Lewis speak about this work
on AIDS in Africa at the University of Toronto, years ago, I knew
his work was important.
Happy Valentine's Day weekend.
Have a loving each other day.