I painted this image from a photograph of a frozen frame of an old 8mm family movie, converted to video tape. The transformations of media that portray this moment (from real life to 8mm movie film, to videotape, to a flickering TV screen, to a photograph and finally to watercolor), illustrated how memory can change over the years. Memories can be sweetened, or recalled with increasing bitterness with time’s passing, depending on intervening circumstances and ultimately, how one reconstructs it. Not a perfect metaphor, but one worth considering.
Today is the anniversary of the beginning of my blog, Davisbrotherlylove, on WordPress. I have posted at least once per day for the past 10 years, resulting in more than 5,200 posts. My goal of posting once a day has helped me to maintain the flow of creative juices, even when they slowed to a trickle.
I thank all of my followers for sticking with me. I appreciate you all!
Kagamusha, Shadow Warrior is a film by Akira Kurosawa. I think of siblings of autistic individuals (like me) as shadow warriors. Typically, the autism family dynamic is centered on the autistic family member. It is difficult for everyone but the sibling carries a heavy burden.
My Etsy Shop is called AutismInspiredArt, where Kagamusha is available as are other watercolor prints of my artwork.
This portrait of my brother Mike contains an element of wishful thinking: a friendly greeting. Mike was low functioning, autistic and nonverbal.
I assembled a group of my watercolors and listed prints of them on my Etsy Shop, AutismInspiredArt. The print below is available on that site. I began my blog (davisbrotherlylove.com) in 2013 to share my experience as a brother of an autistic person.
My Etsy Shop is called AutismInspiredArt. The first set of listings are prints of watercolor portraits of my brother Mike. The one below was painted in 2017 and contains some of the iconography I was playing with at the time. It was very difficult to communicate with my brother, who was autistic, low functioning and nonverbal. This painting is one of my tableau of imaginary symbols, some depicting Mike’s physical traits and other representing his unknowable space.
I welcome those of you who have not visited my blog (davisbrotherlylove.com) before, to check out the early entries (circa 2013) for more backstory to my relationship with Mike.