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HG - oil on canvas - progression 10-31-2015 - MIchael Chambers

This painting, which was originally in a show or two but wasn’t quite right so it ended up on the easel again for a good ol’ fashion total rework — which isn’t that unusual for one of my paintings, truth be told — reminded me of the poem my pappy read to me as a kid, keep a goin!

Ef you strike a thorn or rose,
Keep a-goin’!
Ef it hails, or ef it snows,
Keep a-goin!
‘Taint no use to sit an’ whine,
When the fish ain’t on yer line;
Bait yer hook an’ keep a-tryin’-
Keep a-goin’!

When the weather kills yer crop,
Keep a-goin’!
When you tumble from the top,
Keep a-goin’!
S’pose you’re out of every dime,
Bein’ so ain’t any crime;

Tell the world you’re feelin’ prime
Keep a-goin’!
When it looks like all is up,
Keep a-goin’!
Drain the sweetness from the cup,
Keep a-goin’!
See the wild birds on the wing,
Hear the bells that sweetly ring,
When you feel like sighin’ sing-
Keep a-goin’!

–Frank Lebby Stanton

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