Happy Anniversary! by Michael Haslam

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A man in love is not complete until he is married. Then he is finished.
Zsa Zsa Gabor

Illustration painted in gouache. My late Mum and Dad were both reluctant models for me but would always indulge me. The original artwork was lost by my then agent or the post office depending on who you ask. Luckily I took a decent photograph of the artwork. This is the only painting depicting them together.

Winner of the Directors Choice at Dulwich Art Gallery in the Rockwell’s America VS Your Britain competition

Ian Dejardin’s comments: “Rockwell’s characteristic qualities seem to me to be: 1) readability: he can sum up an entire story with a single image; 2) he hints at much wider story behind the image – in other words, he gives you more information than you actually need, so that you form an idea of his characters’ past history, personalities etc.; 3) he is a master of facial expression; 4) his humour is always benign and very human; 5) and finally his works all demonstrate technical virtuosity. In my opinion Michael Haslam’s image has all five of these qualities.”

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happy anniversary, couple, portrait, storytelling, people, figurative, happy valentines day, romantic, flower, love

Comments

  • Michael Schaefer
    Michael Schaeferabout 4 years ago

    what a great painting Mike
    well done

  • DaliDoo
    DaliDooalmost 4 years ago

    Fabulous work :)

  • Thank you for your comment, still working out the website.

    – Michael Haslam

  • Trine
    Trinealmost 4 years ago

    Hello Michael! So you are a painter too! Love this fabulous work. So full of humour!

  • Helen Akerstrom Photography
    Helen Akerstro...almost 4 years ago

    Love the expressions Michael!

  • vigor
    vigoralmost 4 years ago

    Oh my goodness, not since Norman have I seen anything close to this! Wonderful work!

  • Meg Hart
    Meg Hartalmost 4 years ago

    A nice little touch of whimsy here Michael :)…a delightful piece of work…!!!

  • joycee
    joyceealmost 4 years ago

    Wonderful work!

  • RoryJames74
    RoryJames74almost 4 years ago

    hehehe, that is so cool, anyone in a relationship I think could relate to such a picture, wicked work

  • Karen Townsend
    Karen Townsendalmost 4 years ago


    Congratulations, beautiful work:o)

  • Peter Lawton
    Peter Lawtonalmost 4 years ago

    Great Work, so much detail.

  • Thank you, Peter.

    – Michael Haslam

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