Circle of Life.

Welcome_8681_NS_285pxCaring for an elderly parent is challenging. Caring for an elderly parent who is chronically ill and ready to move on is extremely challenging. I feel very grateful to be with my mother for some of the last days of her earthly life. She is not afraid to leave–she welcomes it. She wants to be in heaven with my father and her sister and the many friends that have passed before her. Her bravery is incredible. For me, it’s an emotional upheaval but uplifting and gratifying at the same time–to know she is prepared and ready to go on to what she refers to as her “journey”.

I thanked her for being my mom–thanked her for being the reason that I am here. I think she thought I meant for taking care of me when I was a child; and of course I am thankful for that but I was speaking of something else. I thanked her for nurturing me as I grew inside her. For carrying me for nine months. For making sure she took care of herself so that I was taken care of too. For being the reason that I am here now.

I do not think she understood what I meant at first, but then a hint of a smile appeared and she said, “Oh yes…I guess you are right” and then she simply said “You’re welcome”.

The next day, she wanted to tell me something. She couldn’t put all the words together at first; it was just too tiring. But with the patience that she showed me when I was struggling with learning to speak, we waited; and eventually she said, “Thank you”. “For what?” I asked. “For being the reason that I am still here now. For taking care of me. For feeding me. For making sure I am comfortable. I have things that I have to take care of before I go and you are making sure I can do that.”

I simply said “You’re welcome”.

Sheer Inspirations.

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When someone comments that one of my paintings makes them smile or reminds them of a memory of their own, I try to think of ways to help them continue to enjoy that feeling without needing to purchase the original painting. That is how the Birds of Pleasant Valley coffee mugs (see September post) came to be. A practical object (coffee mug) + one of my paintings = a better tasting cup of coffee.

 

Taking this a step further, I wondered if some of my Everyday Abstractions could transform into a practical object. I researched printing processes, vendors, lead times and e-commerce platforms. The result? Sheer Inspirations.

A practical object (scarf/wrap) + a painting = a striking accessory.

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Wake-Up Call.

wake_up_ns_285pxThese three words are usually heard after a sudden new health diagnosis or an unexpected accident. It’s a call to action–to start eating healthier, to start exercising, to start paying attention to your driving or to start paying attention to your loved ones.

On the other hand, it can simply refer to getting out of bed.

This painting is a tribute to our neighbor’s family pet–a beautiful but rather vocal rooster. For those that think a rooster crows only at the crack of dawn; you haven’t met this little guy. Continue reading