Monday, August 9, 2010

D&D Jailbird Blues Part Seven: Those Left Behind

I have it on good authority that right after the squad car pulled away Anna went upstairs and read the girls a boisterous bedtime story. What a gal!

And speaking of the Queen of the Hatke Home, I started a portrait painting of Anna a couple weeks ago, which is something I’ve never done successfully before (not for lack of trying). Busy young mothers don’t make great models. They’re beautiful, to be sure, but they just don’t have a lot of time to sit sit still. This time however, we’ve carefully planned for a couple free hours each afternoon for me to paint.

It's been a real challenge to get back into painting shape. Like running a marathon after a year of living off doughnuts. But after eight long sessions the portrait is just beginning to take shape. I have high hopes.

The other helpful thing is that we’ve temporarily moved our bedroom to the cooler downstairs, which has allowed me to convert out upstairs bedroom, with its north-facing window, into a temporary painting studio.

And so, in the spirit of temporary painting studios I offer these photos, from our 2008 stay in Italy, of my very messy indoor and outdoor workspaces:

Pictures after the jump...


Mom said...

Suddenly, this is not so amusing. My heart goes out to your wife and kids.

Mike H said...

While in retrospect, the story is amusing, I have to agree with Mom. When I was a kid, I went through long periods of depression whenever my dad went out to sea. I had a hard time enjoying the time I had with my dad because I was always thinking about the next time he'd tell me that he was going to be out on a trip for a month or two.

So, to see the confusion and fear on the face of a child who is uncertain of where her father is going, and when or if he will return I get a twinge of familiarity about it. And the fact that this was imposed (as opposed to being a chosen profession) makes me mad.

Ben Hatke said...

Seriously. I wasn't sure whether to post this one or not, but it wouldn't be fair not to deal at least a little bit with the deeply unsettling fact that you can be suddenly and unexpectedly whisked out of your house in view of your wife and children and friends.

(thank goodness for those friends, though).

Ryan said...

I just want to let you know that after you were hauled off, I told your daughters A LOT of comforting lies.

I hope it cheered them up because what I was actually thinking was, "Ben is dead to us now."

Shirley said...

My goodness, Ben....gripping is what I say, gripping! You are a master at these awesome sketches and I await the finale. Sounds like some game night to speak of in the future with your buddies! My husband would get a kick out of this as he was an avid D&D player and hopes to start up again. Good for your Italian wife to fight for your Constitutional rights and read the bedtime story to your little ones.. : ) The woman behind the man. : ) Anyhooo...a great series of posts and I can't wait to see the beautiful portrait you are painting. Keep going with this burst of creative energy - you are on a wave like there's no tomorrow!

Ben Hatke said...

Thanks Shirley! You're watercolors are awesome.

I noticed through your blog that this weeks Illustration Friday theme is "Caged." It's so appropriate to this little comics series that I can hardly help but participate this time.