Nothing Gold Can Stay

Today is the birthday of my youngest daughter Audrey. This  pen and ink with liquid acrylic paint on vellum painting of Audrey was  created in 1992. It was accepted in the St. Louis Artists’ Guild juried show “80th Annual Membership Exhibition” in 1993 and won the Annual Centennial prize of $500. The size is 17″ wide x 27″ high. Thank you Audrey for all the times you posed for my paintings and illustrations. The title is from a poem by Robert Frost.

Detail of "Nothing Gold can Stay"


  1. Glenn Myers says:

    John, as always a beautifully conceived and rendered portrait, but the patience to render the dress in such exquisite detail is amazingly “over the top”. I have a few prints by an artist I know from Belleville’s “Art on the Square” by way of Savannah by way of Africa , William Kwana-Po, who also achieves this mastery of the perfect detail that is integral to the whole story telling experience. Most of us would want to escape by some means of short cutting the same. Sometimes an impression just doesn’t do justice to the storytelling.

  2. Wendy & Joe Lumetta says:

    Thank you for posting this portrait of Audrey, our beautiful daughter-in-law, and capturing her “gold”. We are really impressed with your talent John. And I love the Robert Frost poem:

    Nature’s first green is gold,
    Her hardest hue to hold.
    Her early leaf’s a flower;
    But only so an hour.
    Then leaf subsides to leaf.
    So Eden sank to grief,
    So dawn goes down to day.
    Nothing gold can stay.

    This poem also inspired Stevie Wonder to write the song “Stay Gold” for the movie “The Outsiders”, a beautiful song.

    Happy Happy Birthday Audrey – may all your dreams come true!

  3. johndyess says:

    Thank you for the comment and we think Audrey and Nick and Sophia are special.

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