16 x 20 inch mixed media on canvas
Last year I painted this intuitive piece. The figures revealed themselves as I painted and it wasn't until I was trying to name the painting that its meaning came to me. It is a memory during my childhood involving a move from one state to another. The figure on the left depicts my mother, the child is me and the other two women are my aunts. I will not get into details other than to say the move was life-changing and that my mother was touched deeply by this painting when I showed it to her.
When I look at this painting today I see something different because my mom passed away on July 7th I am sad to say. It was a bit of a shock, but also not, because we knew about her sick heart. She had just celebrated her 80th birthday. She was a beautiful and vivacious woman and 100% mother and I probably don't need to tell you what a hole she has left.
So when I look at this painting now, what I see is my mother stepping forward...and away from me.
I see my aunt looking at her as if to welcome her, as this aunt has passed on as well.
I see my other aunt who still remains with us standing where I am in the background...the last living sibling.
As I shared before, I wish to keep personal things off my art blog from now on, but so many of you already knew about my mom being sick from past posts and have asked about her. It seemed right to let you know. I will leave this post up for a time, then print it off and delete it like I did with the others.
Here she is having the time of her life at her 80th birthday party in May. It was easy to forget how sick she was...she remained strong and positive to her last day.
Thank you all for caring about her. Many of you have already reached out in emails and on Facebook and I really appreciate it. Your words have brought great comfort.