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Papa by Boris

Boris van de Grint, that’s the name of my husband and he’s a painter, a very talented one who has made quite a few paintings for our home, and other people’s homes, but has now found his niche in painting portraits.

He made this one of my father for my birthday last December. My father passed away in 1988 when I was just turning 14 and he’s still very missed. I have to say that it’s becoming easier and easier throughout the years but there’s always a random day that it upsets me, that I’m angry or that I miss him or that I’m angry at other people for arguing with their parents. It can happen anywhere, while sitting in the bathtub, in the car, on my bike, while I’m doing the dishes … I get this wave of self-pity washed over me and I have to whale for about 10 minutes and I’ll go on with my day as if nothing ever happened. I just let it go, it’s good and it soothing.

I don’t do pictures of people in frames, I actually quite dislike it. As much as I dislike stuff on windowsills, remote controls on a coffee table and sofa’s facing a TV. There’s not one picture of my father in my home, so I’m really pleased with this painting Bo made for me. I hung it in the living room just outside the kitchen, so each time I enter the living room I can say “hi dad, what’s up?”. And he gives me one of his sweetest grins in return, oh how I miss that grin. That’s the beauty of art … period.

Boris takes commissions, he’s not cheap as his technique is quite complicated and time consuming. But do not hesitate to ask him for a quote, he totally understands when his art is not in your budget. Sometimes he’s even so inspired by a photo that he’ll paint it just for fun.

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  • Sherilyn Goldammer
    08/06/2016 at 14:23

    I think I might have found a soul sister in house decor “I don’t do pictures of people in frames, I actually quite dislike it. As much as I dislike stuff on windowsills, remote controls on a coffee table and sofa’s facing a TV.”.

    The most treasured “photos” I have hanging in my house are drawings such as the ones you show.

    Thank you.

    • yvestown
      13/06/2016 at 19:04

      Good to know I’m not the only one out there Sherilyn xxx

  • Lucia Coppola
    08/06/2016 at 17:09

    My father passed away many years ago and I totally relate to your feelings . I don’t have pictures of him around my house either, it would be so painful for me. But your husband made a great work, the portrait is calm and have a lot of love … such a lovely gift for you.

    • yvestown
      13/06/2016 at 19:05

      I hope the pain of your loss will soften over the years, I know it takes forever. Sending you lots of love xxx

  • Kathleen
    13/06/2016 at 18:38

    The painting of your father is fabulous!

    • yvestown
      13/06/2016 at 19:06

      Thank you Kathleen xxx

  • Norma
    14/06/2016 at 16:14

    His work is wonderful!!!

    • yvestown
      14/06/2016 at 16:20

      Thank you Norma x

  • happy harris
    15/06/2016 at 03:54

    What a talent…truly beautiful x