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The Art of Derek Dohren

painting, writing, photography



I'd never considered the sense of loss. My only thoughts were focused on being commercial, selling as many pictures as I could. That I would view each completed work as a child, imbued with my own DNA, never entered my head. Yes you want them to spread their wings and fly the nest but departure is painful, always.

To win, I have to learn how to lose.

So to compensate I search for traces. Those flecks of cerrulean blue on the arm of my glasses for instance, that was my Galician landscape; that blob of lemon yellow still lingering on my laptop mouse, the flamenco dancer portrait. Tucked up in a jiffy bag and jealously guarded are my preliminary sketches for a wonderful abstract I painted. I poured my soul into that and away she flew. The buyer could see what I could see, so that gave me comfort, but I have only finite resources. Each time it happens a little piece of me is eaten away, forever lost.

To live, I have to learn how to die.

Paint some memories of your stay here in Granada. Contact me for details.


13 Albums Recently Added
  • abstracts
  • 29 Photos | Updated October 29, 2019
  • granada
  • 16 Photos | Updated August 5, 2014
  • mandalas
  • 7 Photos | Updated February 14, 2017
quantum physicists
still lifes
self portraits
La Zubia
  • La Zubia
  • 21 Photos | Updated April 23, 2017
photography (sky)
Metal Inside
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