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This One Sold #8

January 13, 2014




Regular readers of this blog are familiar with a feature called Peculiar Pictures, highlighting work I painted but never sold during my career as an illustrator. I’ve recently begun posting works that did sell. This one was purchased from an online site selling royalty free conceptual illustrations. Although I never interacted personally with the editors of this publication, I appreciate that they thought enough of my illustration to select it for the cover of their magazine.


I’ve long thought Alzheimer’s one of the most hideous of diseases. It seems a bitter fate to spend a lifetime accruing memories only to have them stolen from you in your golden years.



That is really creepy how her head seems to be disintegrating into clouds. Senility is really...what was I talking about?
By: PT Dilloway on January 13, 2014
A very poignant work- the look on her face really tugs at my heart.
By: Shelly on January 13, 2014
I agree, Alzheimerâs is a cruel way to go. Then again, there is a long list of diseases affecting young and old that fall into that category. Your drawing is a great metaphor for the disease. Wasting away as the winds blow.
By: Daniel LaFrance on January 13, 2014
Sad, but virtually true.
By: David Walston on January 13, 2014
Great picture and congrats on having it used!
By: Katy Anders on January 13, 2014
a very good illustration and a true statement to go with it.
By: TexWisGirl on January 13, 2014
Alzheimer's is one of the worst diseases there is. I felt so bad for Ronald Reagan. Imagine accomplishing the things that he accomplished and not being able to remember them at the time of his death.
By: Michael Offutt on January 13, 2014
oh my- such an awful disease. Excellent and poignant portrait.
By: Kathe W. on January 13, 2014
My father in law died of Alzheimer's and it was tragic and awful disease for him and the family. Now my good friend singer Bobby Vee has it, a man who had so many memories to share. The brain literally furs up. Good painting.
By: LL COOL JOE on January 13, 2014
A PERFECT painting to show the ravages of Alzheimer's!!
By: fishducky on January 13, 2014
That's an excellent illustration. I took care of a lot of people who had dementia. It's so frustrating for the patient and the caregiver. Love, Janie
By: Janie Junebug on January 13, 2014
You've perfectly captured the agony of it all.
By: mimi on January 13, 2014
Very well done, Stephen. Her eyes tell many stories. The last time I saw my maternal grandmother (she had Alzheimer's) she didn't remember me but she knew my face. I was comforted by that. I tested her memory, asking her age. Her answer still makes me laugh: She said she was 35. xoRobyn
By: Robyn Engel on January 13, 2014
Awesome image! You show the vacant expression of many of the people who have Alzheimer's.
By: red on January 13, 2014
Indeed.. Alzheimer and CJD are horribly sad diseases. What a sad and unfortunate way to live out a good life.
By: Hilary on January 13, 2014
Wow, what a haunting image and perfect for that Journal. That is truly a picture that paints a thousand words.
By: Akansas Patti on January 13, 2014
Your picture illustrates perfectly how this awful disease descends from the mind down into the body. My boss recently told of a visit to his mother in a nursing home. She was so excited to see him and introduced him to one of the nurses, "...and this is my husband."
By: Pixel Peeper on January 13, 2014
Creutzfeldt Jakob isn't Alzheimer's, is it? It's a degenerative brain disease, true, but even worse, and can be contagious. Regardless, powerful illustration. Btw, are you saying we can use some of your illustrations for free if we get them from that online site??
By: Tom Sightings on January 13, 2014
I'm afraid I look at things backwards. I perceived a hint of Einstein in those eyes, and looked at it from the top down, the genius turning into a simple old woman.
By: Val on January 13, 2014
I have so much hope that we will uncover the cause and cure of so many tragic diseases that have been with us much too long, Stephen.
By: Michael Manning on January 13, 2014
Brilliantly conceived, beautifully done, and heart-breaking.
By: Mitchell is Moving on January 14, 2014
Are you still painting or does writing consume all of you creative energies these days?
By: Joe on January 14, 2014
Wow...that is a haunting picture of what Alzheimers would look like. It's just such an insidious disease.
By: Cheryl P. on January 14, 2014
My dad died of dementia which is a type of Alzheimers. He actually could remember much of his past but had strange thoughts and hallucinations. At the time he died he was not able to speak or feed himself. I still feel guilty that I was relieved when he died but I didn't want him to live as a vegetable. It's so sad.
By: Madeleine McLaughlin on January 14, 2014
A very powerful piece Stephen.
By: John on January 15, 2014

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