His First Date
"Each painting leads us deeper into the lives of this young American family. We watch them grow just like the trees around the neighborhood. In this scene, we are reminded of the nervousness of ""young love"". As the boy and girl sit side-by-side on the front porch, Mom knows this is her son's ""first date"". This must be the girl whose initials have recently appeared in the heart-shaped carving on the tree just below the tree house, his ""Private Club"". As the full moon begins to rise, shadows dance across the yard. The new lampposts illuminate the streets as the ground fog settles in. It is Halloween and one of the neighbors has just pulled up in his Cadillac Coupe DeVille to drop off some trick-or-treaters. Keeping an eye on the two, Mom offers a tray of refreshments. Her baby is growing up. His dog, Buddy, resting in the grass, has already given his approval. The family loves their neighborhood and the life they have built."
The third of seven in "An American Portrait". As we step into the world Terry Redlin has created for them, we are aware that the paintings are compilations of experiences many of us have shared.
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