Thursday, April 13, 2017

Celebrating Life and Offering Condolences

I took one piece of yesterday's playboard and developed it, using acrylic paint, tissue paper collage, gesso, pencil, metal stylus, gel pen, stencil, house paint, krink ink, and oil pastels.


Today was [her] funeral. 
I can’t imagine life without her. 
I suppose I should be grateful 
that she lived as long as she did 
but I’m not 
because it wasn’t long enough.
I can’t stop crying.

Jules Hardy, Altered Land 

It Wasn't Long Enough
2.75x4"; paint, ink, pencil, oil pastels, and collage on paper,
mounted on white paper and card stock


  1. The passing on of a good friend is always so sad,filled with an emptiness that can't be filled. I feel the turbulence but also the peace.

    1. Carol, thank you. I painted this for a friend, with the recent death of her mother in mind, letting the painting take me wherever it needed to go.

  2. The turbulent sea in this reminds me of a poem I have found comforting. Hope youdo too,

    This is wonderful. The shore line, the glorious, layered, warming sky. Hugs to you Dear Dotty. May peace find you, and hold you tight.

    1. Sheila, thanks for sharing the poem. As I mentioned to Carol above, I painted it for a friend whose mom died a few weeks ago. As I painted, I was aware of the small metaphorical deaths and rebirths involved in painting, of having layers and brush strokes be 'gone from my sight' as I worked but still ' just as large in mast, hull and spar,' and of sending my painting on its way 'to her destined port.'

  3. Thanks Dotty, for this beautiful poem and painting.

  4. Incredible...the painting, the prose. A perfect tribute.

  5. So sorry for your loss. xo The card is beautiful.