Baby Boy.....Pride and Joy by Reynaldo

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2009 Acrylic on canvas 48×48″

Baby Boy…Pride and Joy was Featured in Unity
Group 05 June 2010

Baby Boy…..Pride and Joy was Featured in
Creative Talented & Unknown 08 Mar 2010

A collabration with the Australian Beauty Anthea Slade, brilliant poet, artist, writer. It is a pleasure working with Anthea…….. beautiful, talented, sweet young Lady with kind heart and beautiful mind. This is the 9th in Mini Series Archetypes and 39th of our 40/40 womanhood series


Her mind incisive and fast
Her strength a mountain
Courage her middle name and her last
She taught me so much
My mother pragmatic from the start
Me philosophical by heart
When as a child I asked her what I should do?
She said I have given you a good mind,
so think for yourself.

Her intellect so penetrating
She bought her books of law
Although she never started
Her mind was insatiable
Always begging for more.
At school in her exams
She was the top 8 in her state
So clarified, so defined, articulate and wise.

She was so pretty, her hair so golden
Her features fine
My mothers name is joy
She was the same by nature
She sang to me as a baby
A voice like an angel…even more
She read to me as a child
and taught me the love of words
She drew pretty ladies
and gave me the love of feminine grace
and a passion for art.

(Thank you)

Her love of my father was passionate and rare
Their charisma together burned on my memory
My father admired and loved her so…
Admiration was the first ingredient of their love
Their IQ was identical and it was high
His inner strength danced with her courage
as his masculine beauty complimented
her feminine grace…so divine.

As a young child I witnessed their love
built on passion and respect
My dad held my sensitive heart
in his gentle hand…
My mother shaped my strength
My father taught me nurture
and unconditional love
My mother taught me to stand up
and to spread my creative and intellectual wings
She made me strong enough
so I could be sensitive always.

She possessed that rare quality: Courage
My mother was never afraid
to stand up and speak her mind
Conformity was never her mode…
Pioneer, revolutionary was more in line
and gave this to me as a birthright.
She gave me permission to flourish in
my own sunshine and not be afraid to speak
Be different and explore and live true
to my inner voice, my inner knowing…

In my early thirties I interviewed her for my
autobiography and my heart swelled with
Pride at the person she was,
the history, the story and the wisdom
she had lived and passed on.
She told me I was the sensitive one
and softness she knew needed
protection and so she challenged me to
strengthen my inside and taught
me that I must look after my inner child

(my inner child still dances)

My mother encouraged me to pursue an education
To question, to explore, to flourish
To push the boundaries of convention,
To disrupt the wrong and unjust
and to pass on my learning and wisdom
She taught me not to settle for mediocre
and strive and struggle to reach my potential.

When she saw my art begin to blossom
and the words explode from my mind as
a teenager she did not try to stop
them or control them…
With pride in her heart she encouraged
me to follow my heart and my dream
She placed no limits or restrictions
on my imagination.

Oh that I love her there can be no doubt
She was my role model of woman
and showed me the dynamic
and pure love of a woman for a man
and she chose a beauty in my father.
I admire and I adore her
Inside my heart I know she loves me too
And this is the foundation of my esteem
…a woman of intellect, brilliance and generosity
Joy so beautiful…Joy so wise

Although we do not always see eye to eye
We can communicate, challenge and provoke
and reach a better place then we started
We question each other and then we take flight
I am thankful always to my mother she taught
me acceptance of difference encouraged me to
be a freethinker and a creative…
And she taught me the best you can be in life is

poem by Anthea Slade

As a self-taught working artist, I have always believed that we are all blessed with gifts. It’s up to us to recognize and develop them; to what extent we will use those gifts to benefit others that cross our path.

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  • Anthea  Slade
    Anthea Sladealmost 5 years ago

    Baby Boy…Pride and Joy by Reynaldo

    Baby Anthea and Mother by Reynaldo

    MOTHER by Anthea Slade

  • thank you dear collaborator and for your beautiful mind, kind heart and beautiful face. I appreciate you and thank you for the black frames adds to the viewing pleasure thank Dear partner xxx

    – Reynaldo

  • Anthea  Slade
    Anthea Sladealmost 5 years ago

    Rey your Baby Boy…Pride and Joy is so beautiful. You have captured the power and tenderness of a mothers love for her child in this exuberant deeply felt kiss of her child. This is real celebration of motherhood and how very important mothers are in our lives. Another beautiful work and I also adore your beautiful painting of my mother and I when I was a baby. Love your work dear Rey so very much. xxx

  • A sweetheart and so kiond with your praise I very much appreciate you and a pleasurte working and talking with you Thanks Dear Anthea a sweetheart :) xxx Rey

    – Reynaldo

  • madvlad
    madvladalmost 5 years ago

    rey-this is as it should be-a mom,s love throughout the world-this is a touching art piece—-reminds me how my late wife-gave love to the girls we had- as always- a=rey= art—quality

  • thank you walt for your so very kind support I very much appreciate your time and you thank you amigo for your comments and compliments :)

    – Reynaldo

  • Bunny Clarke
    Bunny Clarkealmost 5 years ago

    These are delightful. Excellent works of art.

  • Dear Bunny thank dear for your beautiful words always so kind thank you :)

    – Reynaldo

  • pinkyjain
    pinkyjainalmost 5 years ago

    So very beautiful, so much love & beauty

  • Pinky thank you dear young LAdy for your wonderful compliment :)

    – Reynaldo

  • Christine Oakley
    Christine Oakleyalmost 5 years ago

    Congratulations on you feature in honour of International Women’s Day – 8 March 2010!

  • Thank you so very much Christine and am happy for lovely honour, on your International Women’s Day 8 Mar 2010 Thank you again :)
    for this Feature :) Rey

    – Reynaldo

  • Shulie1
    Shulie1almost 5 years ago

    Lovely work, Rey – you have portrayed her love and pride perfectly

  • dear friend thank you so much for your always beautiful supoport :)

    – Reynaldo

  • banrai
    banraialmost 5 years ago

    fine work Rey

  • Banrai thank you friend for your support and compliment :)

    – Reynaldo

  • Anthea  Slade
    Anthea Sladealmost 5 years ago

    Oh Rey congratulations on this fine feature for your beautiful painting Baby Boy…Pride and Joy in Creative, Talented, and Unknown. This is such a beautiful tender painting filled with such love. So truly deserved dear partner Rey. xxx

  • Thank you so very much beautiful Lady you are so kind Much appreciate you and your talent dear xxx

    – Reynaldo

  • MelDavies
    MelDaviesalmost 5 years ago

    Great work both of you, perfect partnership

  • Thank you so much and Anthea Thank you as well dear :)

    – Reynaldo

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