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The Painter and A Woman’s Portrait


I choose my softest brush to paint her skin as soft and ripe as a summer peach
Delicate perfect strokes to form the arc from brow to nose to cheeks

Elongating my stroke to proportion the gentle sloping bridge of a woman's classic face
Faster and faster... It's as though the portrait itself is controlling my pace.

One brow at a time; fine, soft... the colors... her hair flairs, arcs, and flys off the tip of my brush
If I am to paint a perfect woman, I know I must not rush.

I sketch her eyes quickly while wide, open, and full -- and soften her hue
with with golden yellow, brown, and blue

I must perfect her eyes …close up …accessible …revealing
…yet concealing

Ahhhh! That’s it! Now, I have it. Now for the lips …They must be sweet and inviting as a September strawberry …ripe …edible …delicate to touch
to mine …revealing but not too much

I mix my reds repeatedly until I capture the precise light
...over and again until I've got it right.

Her pose is relaxed, resting... chin in hand...
contemplative eyes taking in all she can...

Wearing a fitted natural dress with strokes of fashion and flair
...across her collar, my coup de gras, of gentle twists of hair.

I labor to maintain the intellect yet soften the wisdom too soon obtained.
..and caressing her wrist... her neck... a thin gold and diamond chain

The painted nails, I mix from my palettte's blend.
and then...

From this epic burden of love, I am finally free.
I set down my brushes and step back to see.

A woman's portrait can take a lifetime to complete, but satisfied I can do no more
It is an image of present, future and all who've come before.

Yet I know now that I cannot put to canvass all of womankind.
Such fine brushes, canvasses and oils, I know I'll never find.

Of frustration I have created only an image... nay, not from Heaven above.
...but yet any woman's image is still a portrait of love.

...and love is indeed at the core,
so my work is done... and I shall paint no more.


By Albert V. Sheppard
April 17, 2011


“We pass by potentially great friends, compatible business, cultural, and political exchange partners, and possible perfect mates everyday and FATE NEVER causes us to meet them, in a safe environment for a long enough time to discover that we like each other. We are programmed by Hollywood films and music and media stars to reject anyone who does not immediately meet our usually misguided standards. Perhaps that is a fact of life and may even be a instinctual human trait, but we know it fails to recognize a more developed and current human state. I personally have tried the pen-pal, friends, social networking, dating, matching, and marriage sites for many years with some temporary success, but they did NOT meet my most important expectations, needs, wants, desires, and goals. Their concept is good, but misdirected. It is hard enough to deal with the random odds, the random chance, the fickle fate, and the chaos in the real world; so why extend it into the virtual world. My future websites take into account these social networking and dating/match-making site short-comings, their trial-and-error approach, their best intentions, their best concepts, and their best practices and adds a structure to give nature an intelligent helping hand.

I have NO doubt that each of us can do some small or BIG things to stop violence; raise better children; stop violence against women; stop drugs and alcohol abuse; ostracize the ignorant conservative politicians and their controllers, who want to take the world backwards in the misused name of traditional values; raise your voice, your pen, your blog, and your web site to stomp out racists and religious bigots -- do NOT be silent (your silence implies consent); stop global threats and human suppression by countries of their own people and their threats to other nations and territories; remove the causes of terrorism; help capture or kill terrorists and dangerous criminals; create global friendships with appreciation for global cultures find ways to communicate effectively with people, who speak other languages; give aid and care for others in disasters; get rid of world poverty, disease, starvation, illiteracy and ignorance, rape, child abuse, pedophilia, and the rampant abuse of our globe and the protective atmosphere. Help immigrants, seeking a better life and trying to support their families, to do so. Make a legal path for illegal immigrants seeking to do the work that you and I reject, etc. Do not accept the globe the way it is. We can make it better. Just do something! Even a small thing. Any action you take, no matter how small, will set off ripple effects that will reverberate around the world. Courage is not the absence of fear, but overcoming your fears.

Albert V. Sheppard
The Painter and A Woman's Portrait I choose my softest brush to paint her skin as soft and ripe as a summer peach Delicate perfect strokes to form the arc from brow to nose to cheeks Elongating my stroke to proportion the gentle sloping bridge of a woman's classic face Faster and faster... It's as though the portrait itself is controlling my pace. One brow at a time; fine, soft... the colors... her hair flairs, arcs, and flys of the tip of my brush If I am to paint a perfect woman, I know I must not rush. ... matrimonio... kjærlighet... kärlek, förtjusning, любовь... passion... die Hochzeit; Hochzeits-… mariage die Hochzeit; Hochzeits-… γάμος, γαμήλια τελετή házasságkötés, (polgári) esküvő gifting, hjónavígsla perkawinan matrimonio مَراسيم الزَّواج 婚礼 婚禮 svatba; svatební bryllup; bryllups- huwelijk pulmad häät, hää- mariage die Hochzeit; Hochzeits-… γάμος, γαμήλια τελετή házasságkötés, (polgári) esküvő gifting, hjónavígsla perkawinan matrimonio 結婚式 결혼 laulība vestuvės, vedybos bryllup, vielse małżeństwo, ślub casamento că¬să¬torie свадьба svadba; svadobný poroka boda giftermål, bröllop evlenme, nikâh (töreni)