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The Swing The Swing framed

“The Swing “
size of original painting: 18” x 24”
original media: acrylic on canvas

“The Swing” (with Robert Louis Stevenson inspired song on printed frame)
size of original mounted in laser cut frame: 28” x 33” original media: acrylic on canvas, laser etched frame

“This painting is a conceptual portrait about potential, rather than accomplishment. I met this young woman on a job site. She was young, athletic, fearless, focused, hardworking, self-motivated, creative, positive, generous, fair, honest and fun to work with; the qualities of an excellent role model. The colors and view struck me, as she sat swinging, pensively looking up toward the sky; towards her potential, towards creating her own future, as a woman and a person”.
The story of the Laser cut frame: “While I was painting this picture, I happened to run across this children’s three verse poem by Robert Louis Stevenson called “the Swing”. As I read, a tune popped into my mind. I composed words to a chorus and added a fourth verse, from the point of view of adult reflecting back on life, childhood and potential realized! The words to the poem with the extra verse and chorus (in the form of a song) are etched into the frame of the finished piece. I felt that etching the song/poem to the frame, added to the overall visual statement. You as the viewer can decide”. A giclee’ print can be printed with or without the framed words.


“The Swing”
A children’s poem by Robert Louis Stevenson:

How do you like to go up in a swing,
Up in the air so blue?             
Oh, I do think it the pleasantest thing 
Ever a child can do! 

Up in the air and over the wall, 
Till I can see so wide, 
River and trees and cattle and all 
Over the countryside.

Till I look down on the garden green, 
Down on the roof so brown,
Up in the air I go flying again, 
Up in the air and down!


Susan’s added chorus and 4th verse:

Swing, swing, up in a swing
up in a swing so high,
Swing, swing, up in a swing
It feels like I’m touching the sky

Verse 4:
Now I look back on my childhood years
swinging the hours away
Now I think back through the toils and the tears
Back to those carefree days

*The original canvas in a laser etched frame is available for purchase
   from the artist.
*A full sized print (on stretched canvas) with a laser etched frame is also  
   available for purchase.
*A smaller size print (on stretched canvas) with a laser etched frame is also
   available for purchase.

Prints are available on demand (with or without printed frame)
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