Watercolour with Winsor Newton Artist tubes on 140 arches cold press watercolour paper.

My sons are all grown men now. It’s looking back that I realize how important is was to have spent the time with them. It didn’t have to be expensive once a year vacations either. Something as simple as camping out in the back yard or fishing a neighborhood pond worked just as well. I know today it was not the what, but the when.

Fellow redbubble artist and writer, Adgray, wrote the following poem and gave me permission to print it here.

If time was to stop tomorrow
what would yesterday mean?
Count up the values of memories
the stories and fulfilled dreams

We cannot live on tomorrows
there is no value to be seen
a promise is nothing but words
until the proof has proven been

And if it’s not done now
then what was is empty of voice
cavernous echoes of wishes
and regrets of unused choice

Will flowers be the only colour
when they farewell you in the end?
A hollow life will be hard to
celebrate by family or friend

So never rely on tomorrow
for tomorrow may never come
Love those around you each moment
until moments are all but done

♥ ~ adgray © 2009

Buy it, I’m already well into my 60’s and if I’m going to be famous, well, I’m running out of time. I like to think my work has been influenced by the great impressionists, although my wife says it’s because I won’t go and get my eyes checked. At any rate, I do love to paint watercolour and acrylics and it’s a true wish of mine that you enjoy viewing my work. Go ahead and let me know what you think, I love to read your comments. (Well….the good ones anyway.)

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  • sweetscent62
    sweetscent62almost 5 years ago

    Gorgeous Painting..and sentiments Jim! I couldn’t agree more.. Wen xx

  • Very nice thing to say Wen, thanks so much.

    – Jim Phillips

  • photosan
    photosanalmost 5 years ago

    You should get an award for this painting…and even more important for the message conveyed…to me the central focus of the painting is in the eyes of the son…an appreciation that will last a lifetime…very well done Jim….

  • Wow, that’s a very nice compliment. Thank you so much. You’re right, I did want the focus to be on the boy, thanks for noticing.

    – Jim Phillips

  • photosan
    photosanalmost 5 years ago

    Your work conveys the kind of person you are Jim – a very rare gem of a person….thanks for sharing and refreshing the world and feelings around us…we all need it…

  • Now nice of you to say that, I truly appreciate your kind words, thank you.

    – Jim Phillips

  • Brian Towers
    Brian Towersalmost 5 years ago

    To me one of you best Jim. Love the looseness but how well you capture the essence and mood of the scene.

  • Thanks Brian, I regard your comments very highly and this one is certainly very complimentary. I appreciate very much that you think this is one of my best. Couldn’t ask for a nicer compliment.

    – Jim Phillips

  • Hidemi Tada
    Hidemi Tadaalmost 5 years ago

    i agree with brian. i couldn’t breathe for a while. i believe nobody can leave his eyes from this small guy’s face. i really love this painting, Jim.

  • How very kind of you Hidemi, glad you like it, that pleases me very much.

    – Jim Phillips

  • dorina costras
    dorina costrasalmost 5 years ago

    You surprised here… an perfect moment! Great executed Jim!

  • That’s a very nice comment Doreen, thank you. (Like the new avatar)

    – Jim Phillips

  • firstglance
    firstglancealmost 5 years ago

    awesome painting jim !!!and this is one of your best !!!!!!!!love it

  • Wow, I’m just really taken back by the wonderful responses I’m recieving on this one, yours included. Thanks Harry, I really appreciate your saying that. Don’t forget to bmail me when you get ready to take off up this way.

    – Jim Phillips

  • Ilunia Felczer
    Ilunia Felczeralmost 5 years ago

    excellent painting Jim….

  • Thank you so very much, llunia.

    – Jim Phillips

  • Lora Garcelon
    Lora Garcelonalmost 5 years ago

    I LOVE this!! This is one of my favorites of yours.

  • Then that makes it special, thank you Lora.

    – Jim Phillips

  • Carolyn Staut
    Carolyn Stautalmost 5 years ago

    Jim, a wonderful painting. You have captured the feeling and emotions that many can recognize, and do! More importantly, when you paint from your ‘heart’, there is so much more magic to your work. Many may paint but few will cause that painting to create or uncover feelings from the heart. You surely do both with superb mastery.

  • I sound like a broken record when I tell you how good your comments always leave me feeling, but it’s the truth. Thank you dear Carolyn for a wonderful compliment.

    – Jim Phillips

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