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Family Reunion II

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graphite drawing on paper, 30"x16", 1980

Illustration for a short story by Stephen Boston in "Isis" Magazine Winter 1980 Nr.3. This was a short-lived literary and arts mag published by us renegades of the Meliorist Student Newspaper at the University of Lethbridge. Unfortunately, I can't find any more details.

Updated version for James - unfortunately, I do not have the original anymore. This is a re-working of the scan I had in photoshop.
Previously uploaded image artofthemystic.deviantart.com/… was poorly cropped also, which in this version I corrected, and I've done away with the heavy black border.

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It's the story of a woman with a mysterious illness. The doctor tells her she'll be fine, but has to expect attacks from time to time. Her family gathers for a reunion in the spring, out of the regular schedule, which normally is in summer. This makes her think that she is about to die before summer, but nobody is telling her.
The man in the bottom of the drawing is an obnoxious uncle who normally smokes cigars without any regard for anyone, but this time, he is unusually nice and considerate, which re-enforces her idea that they are all gathered because she is about to die.


A few lines from the short story:

For one thing, Uncle Michael did not sneer and complain or make comments about the goddamn puritans taking over when she asked him not to smoke in the house. This was unusual for him, he being the kind to resist by smoking even more, perhaps to the point of making himself sick just to show that he didn't give a damn what she thought of him. Maybe he was getting old or finally submitting to the decline in social approval for the habit, maybe his old cronies with whom he smoked and secretly drank at the barber shop were giving up or dying of emphysema and lung cancer and so leaving him without the support and an appreciative audience for the tales he would carry back about his stubbornness and stiff backbone, or perhaps he felt sorry for her because she didn't have much time left.


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gromyko's avatar
If you dont mind me asking my dear otto...i would love to do a collaboration piece a digital one using this drawing...do inform me asap...i will be honored if you allow me to add on some of my sempered gromykoism on this...please
ArtOfTheMystic's avatar
go ahead, let me know how it turns out. Unfortunately, I don't have a better resolution image. Too bad.
gromyko's avatar
I'll reduce it to monochrome to sharpen it...i shall inform you asap it is done...thank you for allowing me...welcome back...i saw your picture with De Es on Mathias's page...I like de es's asterscapes...lovely backgrouds for your conversation...
ArtOfTheMystic's avatar
Re pics from DeEs studio: I have yet to find all my photos from that trip. Took 9GB myself! Wife Christan has another 6GB from her camera.
gromyko's avatar
Well you should post half of the best pics...i will await them...I envy your visit to vienna, i wish i could do the same pilgrimage some time...with you of course...thats a lot of memories to keep!!!
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ArtOfTheMystic's avatar
I wish I had a better scan or picture. There are so many good pieces from the past I lost......
rachelab74's avatar
I think the bluryness kind of adds a bit of haze...kind of helps to aid in the feelings.....the feeling of illness...poor woman, would be great to see it more clear..but definitely adds to the effect!! ...I think this is a brilliant piece!! :heart: it!!!
8025glome's avatar
an amazing drawing I love the verticalness of it
ArtOfTheMystic's avatar
....the basic idea of this turned later into a mixed media sculpture [link]
Since that was a class assignement, I never completed it the way I would have wanted to (end of semester, and they gave it full marks anyway).
Cheers
Otto
StephanusEmbricanus's avatar
Beautiful drawing, reminds me of the high-times of Fantastic-Realism, in some elements I see parallels to somebody called "Hausner" famous for silkscreenprinting. :)
Photograph2u's avatar
Incredible how you are so creative and talented!
I read your note. Very interesting and well done!
Yan :)
larkin-art's avatar
gorgeous composition and symbolism!
ArtOfTheMystic's avatar
Thanks Joseph! I just wish I still had the original, or in lieu of, a better photo.

Cheers
Otto

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AlMaNeGrA's avatar
brilliant and beautiful :)
emaghrabi's avatar
How could i have missed this before

Loved the meaning of this drawing very much and would considered it as my top fav of yours.

Can you elaborate more on the meaning of the seated man in the bottom of the drawing (in the box with arrow)

i can read a lot in this amazing drawing
ArtOfTheMystic's avatar
I wish I could find a way to put the whole short story in.
To summarize: It's the story of a woman with a mysterious illness. The doctor tells her she'll be fine, but has to expect attacks from time to time. Her family gathers for a reunion in the spring, out of the regular schedule, which normally is in summer. This makes her think that she is about to die before summer, but nobody is telling her.
The man in the bottom of the drawing is an obnoxious uncle who normally smokes cigars without any regard for anyone, but this time, he is unusually nice and considerate, which re-enforces her idea that they are all gathered because she is about to die.
Now that I am on the page, I'll type the relevant paragraph into the note.
Cheers
Otto
emaghrabi's avatar
very interesting story and you did great in portraying it.
Uglyworld's avatar
Oh my. It is beautiful, I love it.
I want to draw something like this one day.
ArtOfTheMystic's avatar
Thanks for your comment
Cheers
Otto

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