Monday, February 1, 2016

Improved Version

34by30 Mother With Child
I went back into this to try and "fix" it.

Friday, January 22, 2016


My niece, Cathy, dug this pic up.  I had never seen it--my Brother, Harold (SC footballer), my Mom (rt), and my Aunt Ruth in the early 60's.  I wept at this one!  Almost all of my dear family, many friends, and acquaintances are gone now.  How I miss them.  Will I see them again?  Does death shut the door forever?  Does the grave have the last word?  Death is an enemy, and no words can make it a friend--certainly, but thanks be to God that His Dear Son defeated death, hell and the grave, and that every knee will one day bow and acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord of all.  A new heaven and a new earth is what I am waiting for--no more tears, fear, separation, or misery.  I have this strange assignment for the duration of my life--that of raising my dear daughter's three orphaned children.  I never envisioned this, but I am beginning to feel like I was created for this task, and that my whole life prior to this time was preparation. God's economy one never knows what he will be summoned to do.

I think of Moses--had it all, screwed up, was run off for 50 years or so--then God gave him something really interesting to do.  So for all of you half--assed christians out there--get ready!  God's love will find you at some point and  give you something interesting to do--guaranteed!  Don't worry you will love it.  Talk to ya down the road.  Don

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Babe in Arms

Did this for the son of an old collector

Saturday, December 12, 2015

CBS 48Hours Airs Rachel's Story Tonight at 10:00PM PST

This is a re-run of Rachel's story.  Four years now and it is still of interest.  For those wishing to donate to Rachel's Children's Fund click on this link  The private school, St. John's Lutheran in Napa, CA, is a magical place for Rachel's kids, Eva (8), Ariel (6), and Alex (4)-- it has given them a beautiful supportive environment.  The funds go to their tuition.  Thanks, Don Hatfield

Monday, September 21, 2015

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

An Orphan's Dream

Here is the dream of a 5 year old, Eva Winkler,  shortly after she was orphaned by the murder of her mother by her daddy:  (parentheses and punctuation inserted)

I dreamed there were…” two seats and one seat inside dad’s car and one car behind and three seats inside mom’s car.  We were all happy together, and we went on a picnic. Once we got there we were laying on the grass looking at the clouds.  We saw a baby angel in the shape of a lamb in the clouds—a lot of happiness together—me,  Alex (9 months), Ariel (2 )years.  Once we got home, were were playing, and once it was night time we all went to sleep and when it was morning we went to the picnic, and after the picnic we laid and watched the clouds—the heart shape of the cloud came down on our family—a triangle cloud—and it was a happy ending—the heart shaped cloud came down on all of our family."

I found this forgotten file the other day and was moved by it as you may imagine.  The images are so poignant that I thought it was alright to share--the lamb, the heart, the clouds etc.  It is a Jungian treasure trove of meaning.  As a Christian I can only wait on God to reveal the final meaning of this loving, reconciling, healing vision.  My guess is that it prefigures a " heaven and a new earth in which righteousness dwells...where God will wipe away every tear.."  And where the work of the Lamb of God will be complete.  

It is amazing how such dreams and visions arise in a wounded child.  In this often dark world I need a few of these myself from time to time--my life is organized around such visions, such in-breaking of clarity, such revelations.  We are not orphans are we?  I celebrate daily my guardianship of Rachel's three gifts to the planet and look to God to shepherd His little lambs.

In two days I fly to NY to tape an interview on a live talk show, Security Brief.  I tend to get wired up for this stuff--pray for my soul!  

See ya down the road,  Don

Friday, September 4, 2015

Don Hatfield To Appear On Security Brief With Paul Viollis

I will be flying out to NY to tape a live interview on the talk show Security Brief on September 18.  It's about Rachel's murder, and it will feature my take on all of it.  They will show my artwork as well, and I will be asked for advice for those dealing with dangerous people in their homes--namely sociopaths, murderers, and other whacks.

Paul Viollis is the talking head--a seasoned veteran who has dealt with home security issues for decades.  You may view the show's web site at

After Dateline's tabloidesque treatment of Rachel's murder I said...."no more of this crap!"  But this show seems to offer a protocol that is well intentioned.  I was OK with the shows I viewed--sooo--we shall see.

I hope the show draws contributors to GoFundMe

I have noticed that when Rachel's story is re-run on TV that there is an uptick in donations and requests for my art work.  I am grateful for this.

I have been smothered in commission work and have been unable to supply my gallery with new work, but at least I am employed.  I am now raising the kids without a nanny (to expensive) which gives me tremendous opportunity to do hands on training--it's so sweet.  Those young mothers have nothing on me--I am as fast, competent, and creative as any of them--just ask me.  My new role as live-in householder, artist, spiritual guide and grandpa gives me wonderful opportunity to scream at these innocent children.  It really works for about 5 minutes--then I receive massive input from Eva (8) and Ariel (6) about how I should employ other means of creating order within a loving home!

I get lots of laughs out of my role as guardian to these angels.  Eva wants me to stop chewing tobacco and so feels free to trash my Copenhagan whenever she finds it.  She is too young to understand the benefits of tobacco--right?  Ariel, the "quiet shy one" actually runs the whole house from the shadows and is the first to point out if we are lost, out of milk, or late.  Alex, now 4, is a non-stop question man.  I feel like I am under his constant verbal attack--I often hide in the bathroom to escape.

I have drawn the kids into the chore cycle, and it is amazing how smoothly things are running.  I have plenty of time to paint when they are at St. John's School from 8:30 to 3:00--that is, if I don't get caught up in my new addiction--blitz chess!   O yes, 3 min speed chess online where inferior players can defeat highly skilled veterans by successfully hiding their queen until time runs out.  I did an all- nighter chess marathon the other day and ran my rating up to 889--that's big for a hack.  Of course I reverted to screaming at the kids in my absolute fatigue the next day--lesson learned--rest once in awhile, stupid.

Anyway that's it for now--I looks like this will be a big painting year as opportunities keep rolling in--all part of God's wonderful love and care.  See ya down the road. Don