William R. Batson (L) & William Prime Batson (R)

Breakfast, November 8, 2011

My father turned 90 on October 22, 2011. If each day of living is a gift, each day of life after ninety is a winning lotto ticket, if you are comfortable and happy. Currently my father is both. So every morning I savor and commemorate the moment with a watercolor painting. He is looking down in every painting because as I paint, he eats breakfast. Each painting represents one day of human life. I don’t know how many watercolors I will have the honor of painting.

October, 2011
November, 2011
December, 2011
January, 2012
February, 2012
March, 2012
April, 2012
May, 2012
June, 2012
July, 2012
August, 2012

September, 2012

October, 2012

13 Comments on “Watercolors”

  1. brendatobias says:

    I can not imagine a better tribute to a life and a relationship than this portrait chronicle. I could not agree more with the sentiment behind the “lottery ticket” statement. The photo of the two of you is beautiful and telling and I hope to see it on the cover of a book someday.

  2. pbfrank says:

    This series of pictures brings me to tears – as I see your beloved father – I remember mine. Mine passed several years ago at 92. He was healthy and well right up to the end. I am using my memory to see him – as in your wondrous paintings. Thank you for sharing them.

  3. Greg Fawcett says:

    amazing…love the thumbnail on the home page and the glimpses of your dad’s eyes…what is going on behind those closed lids?…must be extraordinary

  4. Elizabeth Hobson says:

    wow. what beautiful, powerful work.

  5. Matt Bialer says:

    Beautiful work. Glad to see he is still going. And glad to see the beautiful paintings.

  6. Your love for your father and your art shines through the work. You are blessed to have this time with him and I know you appreciate it. May you have many more opportunities to share him with us.

  7. alisonperry says:

    The definition of BB: unquenchable – definition by the Free Online http://www.thefreedictionary.com/unquenchable
    un·quench·a·ble ( n-kw n ch -b l). adj. 1. Impossible to slake or satisfy: unquenchable thirst. 2. Impossible to suppress or destroy: unquenchable enthusiasm.

    Wow is right!
    Alison Perry

  8. This is one of the most amazing things I have seen in a long time. What a wonderful ritual.

  9. This is simply amazing. Not only is it a great tribute, but it is obvious that you worked very hard at perfecting the picture. Each is beautiful in its own right, but collectively they defy description.

  10. Bill Batson says:

    Thanks Brendan. As I reflected on my father’s life yesterday, I figured out how he inspired this project. He was a dedicated union member and quality control engineer so dedicated to his work at a factory in Lodi, New Jersey that he went two decades without missing a day. I think his relentless discipline and dedication is the foundation for my desire to wake up, make breakfast and go to “art”work. He never missed a day, so I won’t quit on him.

    Thanks again for your kind words.

  11. Poku says:

    There wouldn’t be anything lovelier between a father and son than this. May God bless you.

  12. kathy viscardi says:

    absolutely beautiful my gifted friend

  13. A selection of my favorite pieces from a 366-day watercolor tribute to my father, William Prime Batson 1921- 2014 interposed with his obituary is now posted on NyackNewsAndViews.com

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