Welcome to John Moser's Image Workshop / Playground


Remembering Louise Hall Moser, who died six years ago today:

The paintings that you left unframed
that never brought you much acclaim
in seven decades didn’t earn
a dime for you or widespread fame.

You painted them while Europe burned
soft lit girls seem unconcerned
rendered well on masonite
you made them, then did not return.

After that you set your sights
for twenty thousand days and nights
on golden rules and eat your spinach
we knew your love, and wrong, and right.

The paintings now are worn and blemished
My favorite one is incomplete. I thought it right
to let you to know – Your legacy is not diminished,
but enhanced by things you left unfinished.


8 responses

  1. Robin Eshleman

    I am overcome. Beautiful. Clearly, the legacy lives on through you.

    February 27, 2012 at 2:40 pm

  2. I especially love the red hat woman, beautiful! Thanks for sharing your memories of your mother.

    February 27, 2012 at 2:53 pm

  3. Cindi Perry

    She was such a beautiful lady inside and out. Mama treasured their friendship all their adult lives..

    February 27, 2012 at 3:19 pm

  4. Thomas Moser

    Thanks for the beauty of your tribute. Oddly, I never saw these paintings, in all the years I knew Mother´s work. I do remember some that you never knew, and would love to know where they are – do the Halls have any ? There´s a stilllife that used to hang in the breakfastroom on West Seminary. No idea where it might be. The nursery paintings are – unfortunately – in Sharon´s possession, and will most probably never been seen again, unless Gabi claims them as they were a part of her room. Beautifully conceived, beautifully written. Thanks. Louise was as “unfinished” as some of her works – the unfinished “Stella” is in my possession – which makes her a real “Mensch”, as one says in German and Yiddish. And thats the most important part of living – being a “Mensch”. Its probably important to remember the date and day of her death, as long as we use it to remember the importance of her life. Thanks.

    February 27, 2012 at 3:26 pm

    • J Moser

      I have three still life paintings here, plus two or three other portraits. The unfinished picture, above, I found on the back side of one of her finished paintings. We are her other unfinished works and we are still cooking.

      February 27, 2012 at 3:45 pm

  5. O3

    WOW! I thought a Frida Kahlo painting was appearing when the site came up. I also love Louise’s quilt you have on the wall in your den. This overwhelmed me with emotion from all our losses through the years. Great tribute!

    February 28, 2012 at 11:57 am

  6. Hal

    Powerful simple work. Now I know where you get a lot of your talent John. She’s still right there with you!

    February 29, 2012 at 4:17 pm

    • J Moser

      Hal! Thank you!

      February 29, 2012 at 4:24 pm

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