Thursday’s Child © Scott Morgan 2013
Scott had several health issues over the years big and small and he usually created some art around it. Today I thought I’d share work from this ongoing series. This first painting was completed on October 25, 2012 during our whirlwind preparations for the trip of a lifetime. What strikes me about this large watercolor painting Thursday’s Child is that it manages to express an exhuberant poscottivity—probably because we would be on our way to India via a stopover in California the very next day after he painted this. The vibrancy and hope expressed in this piece–even as he had learned of his 2-4 months prognosis– is in stark contrast to the painting below that was done in March, 2009 during one of four hospital stays that year which determined he had an intestinal blockage and a rare Stage 2 cancer.
Boiled in Oil © Scott Morgan 2013
Here is the back of the Boiled in Oil painting with his thoughts on what was happening to him back in 2009 before cancer changed life as we knew it. Scott told me the only thing that kept him going while he was in the hospital was the thought of teaching me how to play ping pong on his brand new Kettler table that he had purchased online from his hospital bed. And yes, this painting was done from his hospital bed, too. Scott carried his watercolor set with him everywhere, frequently painting on airplanes, in restaurants and waiting rooms.
(Back Detail )Boiled in Oil©Scott Morgan 2013
I was inspired to title the first painting “Thursday’s Child” because this was the last painting Scott completed in our home in High Point and it was done on a Thursday and he incorporates the word in his painting. The original nursery rhyme seems very apt in light of our subsequent adventures in going to goa.
Monday’s child is fair of face,
Tuesday’s child is full of grace,
Wednesday’s child is full of woe,
Thursday’s child has far to go,
Friday’s child is loving and giving,
Saturday’s child must work for a living,
But the child that’s born on the Sabbath day,
Is fair and wise and good and gay.