A father teaching his son to fish and creating memories that last a lifetime. The title comes from the song The Living Years

I wasn’t there that morning
When my Father passed away
I didn’t get to tell him
All the things I had to say

I think I caught his spirit
Later that same year
I’m sure I heard his echo
In my baby’s new born tears
I just wish I could have told him in the living years

Say it loud, say it clear
You can listen as well as you hear
It’s too late when we die
To admit we don’t see eye to eye

12 × 16 oil on canvas
Willamette River, Harrisburg, Oregon

Featured in Music Inspired Art

Leslie Gustafson is a traditonal artist passionate about creating Art That Feels – an outgrowth of her work as a psychotherapist for the last 24 years. Working in all media, with a special interest in pastels, her art is both realistic and focused on expressing and prompting feeling. Rich color, Christian and Relational themes as well as Portraiture play a large role in her gallery here at RedBubble.

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  • © Janis Zroback
    © Janis Zrobackalmost 5 years ago

    Wonderfully evocative Leslie…you have captured the feeling of togetherness beautifully…

  • Thanks so much Janis! – that was my hope:-)

    – Leslie Gustafson

  • Colin Cartwright
    Colin Cartwrightalmost 5 years ago

    I was 11 when my dad died…and I wasn’t there. So your lyrics were poignant for me.

    Excellent painting, Leslie. The figures and simple scene, say it all.

  • That is such a huge loss Colin. I am glad the lyrics had meaning to you. Thank you for your kind words about the piece:-) Have a great day!!

    – Leslie Gustafson

  • leonie7
    leonie7almost 5 years ago

    beautiful painting and words

  • Thank you so much Leonie!! and for the fav’ ing! :-)

    – Leslie Gustafson

  • F.A. Moore
    F.A. Moorealmost 5 years ago

    Wonderful moment captured, Leslie. You can see the tension in the boy’s raised shoulders, wanting to land that fish. And the father so sweet, casually standing close beside, knees slightly bent, ready to give encouragement and tips should the fish bite. You tree leaves overhanging the pair are beautiful, bringing shade to father and sun, and shadows and depth to your painting. Thanks for submitting this to Solo Exhibition, Leslie.

  • Gosh, thank you so much Frannie for your lovely comment!!! I am flattered. I tried to “catch” a moment in this painting and you got it!! – - I so appreciate that!:-)

    – Leslie Gustafson

    GEORGE SANDERSONalmost 5 years ago

    Wonderful, nostalgic image, Leslie, and the music is a perfect fit !

  • Thank you so much George!! – so nice of you to say!!The music was great inspiration!

    – Leslie Gustafson

  • tkrosevear
    tkrosevearalmost 5 years ago

  • Thank you so much for the feature! – a real treat!!

    – Leslie Gustafson

  • Leslie Gustafson
    Leslie Gustafsonalmost 5 years ago

  • LorusMaver
    LorusMaveralmost 5 years ago

    Wonderful work Leslie !

  • Thank you very much Lorus, nice of you to stop by and say so!!

    – Leslie Gustafson

  • hereforfun
    hereforfunalmost 5 years ago

    Lovely painting such a relaxing scene and a lovely song to accompany

  • Thank you Trudi, so nice of you to say so! and thanks for visiting my Bubble:-)

    – Leslie Gustafson

  • Scott  d'Almeida
    Scott d'Almeidaover 4 years ago


  • Oh, I am slow to respond! Thank you Scott!!

    – Leslie Gustafson

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