Thursday, 25 October 2012


I saw this picture of a man on google and had to paint him.  It is on a full imperial sheet pastel paper, using charcoal only and white chalk.  We had been to Paris, and I was fascinated by the artists near Sacre Coeur painting people's portraits, and was inspired to give it a bash.  It also reminded me of something I found in a quaint little church in Isel in the Lake District (St Michaels and All Angels, which dates from 1130 AD), it is called A Smile.  Some days I think about it and as I walk down the street and see someone looking a bit glum, I smile at them.  It is surprising how many smile back.  Try it. 
A Smile costs nothing but gives much
It enriches those who receive it without making poorer those who give it
Takes but a moment but the memory sometimes last forever
None is so rich or mighty that he can get along without it
And none is so poor but he can be made rich with it
A Smile creates happiness in the home
Fosters good will in business
And is the countersign of friendship
It brings rest to the weary, cheers the discouraged
Sunshine to the sad and its natures
Best antidote for trouble
Yet it cannot be bought, begged, borrowed or stolen
For it is something that is of no value to anyone until it is given away
Some people are too tired to give you a smile
Give him one of yours as none needs a smile so much as he who has no more to give
Now here is one of mine for you

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