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Difficult Passage: Baby, Baby, Baby

In “Baby Baby Baby”, a recent series of sketches and paintings, I strive to capture the facial expressions and trauma in close up portraits of newborns.   Although we often project our notions of cuteness and contentment on infants, they come into the world showing the distress of birth.  The Hindus say that babies cry when they are born because they are unhappy about leaving the spiritual world to come back into this realm of suffering.   Whether it is spiritual or physical pain they are experiencing, these babies resonate with anyone who knows, loves, or remembers being a newborn.

 
 

Crying Baby 1
Wide Open - Big Cry
Oil on canvas 36"x48"

 
First Look
First Look
Oil on canvas 8"x10"
 
First Breath
First Breath
Oil on canvas 8"x10"
 

First Cry First Cry
Oil on canvas 8"x10"

 

Baby 3 Baby 3
Oil on paper
8"x10"

Baby 4
Baby 4
Oil on paper
8"x10"
 
Baby 5
Baby 5
Oil on paper
8"x10"
 
Baby 6
Baby 6
Oil on paper
8"x10"
 

Baby 7 Baby 7
Oil on paper
8"x10"

Baby 8 Baby 8
Oil on paper
8"x10"

Baby 9
Baby 9

Oil on paper
8"x10"

 

Baby 10 Baby 10
Oil on paper
8"x10"

 

Baby 11 Baby 11
Oil on paper
8"x10"

 

Baby 12 Baby 12
Oil on paper
8"x10"

Baby 13 Baby 13
Oil on paper
8"x10"

Baby 15 Baby 15
Oil on paper
8"x10"

 

Baby 16 Baby 16
Oil on paper
8"x10"

 

Baby 17 Baby 17
Oil on paper
8"x10"

 

Baby 32 Baby 32
Oil on paper
8"x10"

Baby 33 Baby 33
Oil on paper
8"x10"

Baby 34 Baby 34
Oil on paper
8"x10"

 

 

 

 

 

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