Guest Artist: My Dad

Oil painting by Anthony S. Maniglia, 1955
Oil painting by Anthony S. Maniglia, 1955

This is an oil painting my dad created back in the 1950’s. Earlier this year, I painted a lighthouse for my dad, who was a professional commercial artist; my dad has Parkinson’s disease.

My dad - Anthony S. Maniglia, in 2015
My dad – Anthony S. Maniglia, in 2015

He’s in the advanced stages, but he’s still “doodlewashing” (doodlewash is a term coined by Charlie and his Doodlewash site, for those of you unfamiliar with the term). He uses one of my favorite mediums, markers, and he also uses pencils. Pastels or paint would be too messy for him to work with, and he’s all over the place with looseness, my friends. But in this portrait of my brother, I think he captured something …

635783833542774629And he made great use of color to create depth. He surprised us this weekend and said, “I colored it in.”

Portrait of his son - marker and pencil - Anthony S. Maniglia, 2015. Anthony has Parkinson's disease.
Portrait of his son – marker and pencil – Anthony S. Maniglia, 2015. Anthony has Parkinson’s disease.
The first drawing my dad did while having severe Parkinson's disease.
The first drawing my dad did while having severe Parkinson’s disease. “Santa Claus” by Anthony S. Maniglia, 2015. Marker and pencil on paper. Parkinson’s Paints.
Baseball player - dad is a Phillies fan. Marker and pencil on paper. By Anthony S. Maniglia, 2015. Parkinson's Paints.
Baseball player – dad is a Phillies fan. Marker and pencil on paper. By Anthony S. Maniglia, 2015. Parkinson’s Paints.
Dad has an idea for a story - a kid (him when he was younger) in a yellow raincoat and riding a scooter. Reminds me of the Uneeda biscuit boy of the 1930's. Marker on paper. By Anthony S. Maniglia, 2015. Parkinson's Paints.
Dad has an idea for a story – a kid (him when he was younger) in a yellow raincoat and riding a scooter. Reminds me of the Uneeda biscuit boy of the 1930’s. Marker on paper. By Anthony S. Maniglia, 2015. Parkinson’s Paints.
Dad's friend, Frank. My brother knew who this was right away! Marker on paper. By Anthony S. Maniglia, 2015. Parkinson's Paints.
Dad’s friend, Frank. My brother knew who this was right away! Marker on paper. By Anthony S. Maniglia, 2015. Parkinson’s Paints.
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Left to right – My dad in the U.S. Coast Guard in the 1950’s. My dad at his desk with his art supplies, at work. My dad and me at my desk (playroom table) with my art supplies. Me standing in front of the painting my dad did of a Hungarian Refugee in the 1960’s. When I was a kid, I went up to his studio and picked up a brush (while he wasn’t there, he was at work) and dabbed a little here and there. He came home and asked if I did that and I lied and said no. Bottom, my dad and me. He’d use a tripod and take portraits like this – he often developed his own film.

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47 thoughts on “Guest Artist: My Dad

  1. Wow what a talent, your dad is amazing, I love his style of doodle. My dad was a commercial artist too, old school, before these computers came about. I loved growing up and sneaking in his work room, loads of letraset, and airbrush, plus lots of lovely pens!

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  2. What a touching post! Thank you for sharing this beautiful tribute to your father. Love his oil painting and it speaks about his talent. Love his recent drawing as well. Full of energy .
    All the best to you and your dad.
    xxx

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  3. Cynthia, your dad is amazing! wow. the work he’s doing now is so alive and passionate. Thank so much for sharing your memories and your dad with us. I read this when you first posted it, but knew I wanted to go back and re-read it. thank you.

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  4. Thank you for sharing such a loving tribute to your father. His art is beautiful and so charged with spirit, energy and love. Even in these difficult days your father’s artist spirit burns bright, what a great example of a passionate artist. Peace to you and your family.

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  5. Thank you so much for being willing and courageous to share your personal story about you and your Dad. I love his creations! Amazing to do this work whilst struggling with Parkinson’s. Wow. So full of life! I get a real sense of your honouring of him and of the specialness of your relationship. Father, daughter, artists.

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  6. Your Dad’s 1950s painting certainly speaks of his talent and, no doubt, success as a commercial artist. ‘Tho I have to say, I really like the looseness of his recent drawings…there is strength there.

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  7. Wow! What an inspirational and moving post! I’d say you two conti to inspire the heck out of each other. What a blessing! I know how hard it is to see a strong man suffer, but the two of you have art to pull you through. And what a strong, golden thread it is. Beautiful, and thank you for sharing your dad and his artwork with us! Give Him big hugs from me! ๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’›

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  8. So beautiful– I especially love the little girl portrait with you standing in front–Your Dad painted her with huge haunting eyes… I’d say you were his best portrait in his life.

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  9. I am very touched by your tribute to your dad, Cynthia! Glad you can still share this bond of art together. His art shows such feeling to me that it tugs at my heartstrings. I imagine how difficult this must be for you to see him struggle physically. He is lucky to have you for his daughter! xo

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  10. What a lovely and touching post. Your Dad’s art is still incredible. The skill he has to still make such great art is amazing. I find his later work full of so much emotion. The will to create does not leave us, it just finds new outlets. Karen

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  11. Thank you for sharing this deeply personal story with us…your father was quite the artist, and making art sounds like a great way to continue to exert his personality and help him feel in control. Hugs to you both!

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  12. Well, Cynthia – you have me all choked up. I can feel the love and respect and admiration you have for your father. What an amazing artist he is. His first is quite amazing, but the rest – knowing what he is struggling with – touch my heart even more! Thank you for sharing. โค

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  13. What a special post! Sweet and loving! He is strong and might I say….he looks younger as he ages! Enjoy his art and his gift and I love that you are sharing it and sharing your gifts! big hugs!! xoxoxo

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  14. This post makes my heart smile!! โค๏ธโค๏ธ๐Ÿ˜ƒI love your dad!! His spirit and determination in spite of his struggles are so inspiring! And his doodlewashes are just awesome. Incredible captures with fabulous observation and skill. Thank you for sharing this story Cynthia!

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  15. Cynthia, thanks so much for sharing these. Your dad’s painting at the top is incredible. Parkinson’s disease is a tough one and I feel for your dad–especially for an artist. A few people in my life have the disease and it is a great sadness. But his images with Parkinson’s are so lively!

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