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Monday, May 14, 2007

My friend Cam....

It was sometime last year when i've painted this portrait of Cam.... He's my best friend in our workplace, Cam is a vietnamese national who came to australia as a refugee during the heat of the vietnamese war with america....

He's among those vietnamese people who took their chances and crossed the great and untamed china sea in search of safety far away from the war that hits their homeland in 1940's....

He showed me an old and fading black and white photo of himself when he was just 3 years old, the photo was almost falling apart when i saw it.... I was touched by the thoughts that he've lost everything during the war, and that little photo is the only thing left to remind him of his childhood....

He asked me if there's anything that we could do to save that photo from fading.... I said you could go to some photo centers, but if you want i can paint that in oil for you and so i did.... It might not be a hundred percent replica of that little black and white one, but i did my best to at least bring it as closer to it as i could.... Anyways, he likes it....! And that made me proud and happy as well....! I've added the colors here to make it look a bit lively....

11 comments:

Vicki said...

pepe,

i appreciated and hands off ako sa mga good painting mo..........you are really talented and God´s give gift.......

more power to your works, hobby and your happiness---painting....

racky said...

nakita ko dito ang kalungkutan ng story ni Cam ...

iba ang dating ng painting kung pati puso kasama sa pagpipinta ;)

Pepe said...

Hello Vicki and Racky, partial lang nga yan sa mahabang kwento na na-input sa isipan ko tungkol kay Cam.... Kung marinig nyo ang kabuo-an ay siguradong mapapalapit sya sa inyo as a very best friend.... Now he's already 52 years old and still single, halos doble na ng idad ko ang idad nya pero naging mag-close friend pa rin kami.... Ang nagustuhan ko kasi sa kanya ay masyado syang transparent, very honest syang talaga.... Tama na muna yan at baka maiyak lang kayo sa story nya ha-ha....! =D

Mari said...

If it's close enough, it's good enough...good painting of your friend. One thing really that's hard to paint is the human figure. You are good. I like your art works. I wonder if I can link you?

Thanks for sharing.

Pepe said...

Sure you can Mari, please feel free to do so....=) I will link you up too....! Salamat sa pag-comment....! =D

xpal said...

wow naman!

nakakalungkot nga yung story nila, i somehow know how they feel kasi may mga Vietnamese refugee rin sa province namin and marami-rami rin akong mga naging HS classmates na Vietnamese.

Pepe said...

That's true Xpal.... Very touching talaga ang mga stories nila about what happened to them during that time.... Thanks for the comment.... =)

-jenna- said...

awww..ang ganda ng painting mo.
nung tinitingnan ko ung painting iniimagine ko tuloy how a child like that could survive sa isang magulog mundo.sobrang nakaka-touch naman yang ginawa mo.

Pepe said...

Thanks Jenna, nakaka-touch nga he-he....! Lalo na kung narinig mo mula sa kay Cam personally ang kwento.... =)

blogadikted said...

you are a good friend....to be able to do something like that para sa kaibigan mo, i think that is special.....and you are a good painter too. keep it up, bro.

Pepe said...

Thanks Blogadikted.... Appreciate that comment.... Pinalaki mo tenga ko dun a ha-ha....! Salamat pre....! =D

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