Our children’s inheritance

This was the first portrait I started at Enderby studio. This one was of Marco’s daughter who sat very patiently for the group for a few weeks.

She has grown up a lot since I started this painting and the portrait has changed with time as well – perhaps sensing how she was growing up while the painting was being finished.

There are national emblems – perhaps none too subtle – and a play on Hokusai’s The Great Wave off Kanagawa in this tale of climate change and our apparent ready acquiescence to pass this challenge to some time in the future for our children to deal with. 

Our children's inheritance

Our children’s inheritance

The Great Wave off Kanagawa

The Great Wave Off Kanagawa

I appreciated reading this comment attributed to by Hokusai:

‘At the age of five years I had the habit of sketching things. At the age of fifty I had produced a large number of pictures, but for all that, none of them had any merit until the age of seventy. At seventy-three finally I learned something about the true nature of things, birds, animals, insects, fish, the grasses and the trees. So at the age of eighty years I will have made some progress, at ninety I will have penetrated the deepest significance of things, at a hundred I will make real wonders and at a hundred and ten, every point, every line, will have a life of its own

Here’s hoping I live to 100 then like the Japanese are often gifted to do ..

A contemporary take by Spanish born artist Isaac Cordal, ‘Politicians Debating Climate Change’ has re-emerged as a powerful work leading to the COP21 Climate Conference in Paris 2015.


Politicians Debating Climate Change. Concrete Installation by Isaac Cordal 2011 Berlin


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