Friday, October 10, 2014

Hope of Sunrise -Paint Party Thursday


I always try to put in two pieces, one I've finished and another graphite drawing from my sketchbook.  Please take a look at both, as they are quite different.

In my experience some folks don't quite know how to react when the loss of a loved one is brought into the spotlight.  So, I have featured this first painting which has a sad feeling (but with hope!)--and the sketch below, which is a bit more light-hearted and whimsical.  ((hugs))

In explanation, I have been feeling sad the past two days.  I couldn't figure out why, until I realized this is right about the time Dad had the stroke which took him from us a month later.  I will likely grieve his loss in our lives for the rest of mine.  We all will. 

This is an acrylic painting I made for my Mom right after Daddy died.  It is really really big--and I had to photograph it.  The photograph doesn't do the original painting justice, as the colors are more neon than the original.  Still--it conveys the weeping heart of the dear Shepherd, Whom Mumsie loves.

I spent hours and hours writing out every Bible verse I could find about hope and comfort onto the canvas.  Even if your beliefs are different than mine--hope is universal.  Blessings and hope to each of you.


And now the more light-hearted, whimsical side, here is another peek into my sketchbook.  Above is a little faery playing a morning melody. She marched out of my pencil yesterday as the workers pounded, thudded, thwacked and sawed a tumult of noise, as they worked on the chimney!

PS  I just found out I've been featured on Paint Party Friday!  What an honor--thank you!

Have a lovely day, sweet Friends!  Happy Paint Party Friday!






24 comments:

Giggles said...

What a beautiful tribute to your grief, and your dads memory! Hope is universal and that painting was such a loving act in your own time of grief! You keep his spirit alive when you remember and speak of him! Wonderful artwork! Thanks for sharing this intimate side of yourself! Sorry for your loss...the pain does ease over time I can attest to that!

Congratulations being featured on ppf! Quite fitting this week! Hope it cheered you up somewhat!

Big hugs Giggles

Faye said...

First, congrats on being the featured artist! Your drawing of the fairy is lovely. The painting you gave your mother is touching. I lost my dh of 56 years of marriage almost 1 year ago and the pain at times is very sharp. At other times, the pain is a dull ache. I'm sure in a couple of years, I won't cry so much. I feel for your dear mother and send my best wishes to her for healing and to you also.

Valerie-Jael said...

Both projects are beautiful. As you say, hope is universal, and your painting is wonderful. I was very happy to see you as featured artist this week! Hugs, Valerie

Annette G said...

congratulations on being this weeks featured artist, it is such a beautiful painting.

Loving the new works. Happy PPF, Annette x

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Neesie said...

I feel so privileged that you've shared this beautiful tribute Beth.
I lost my Dad when he was only 47 years old and my mother had known him since she was 14. I still feel the pain of losing him as I was only 16. It never goes away but we learn to cope with it. Blessing to you and your Mum
On a brighter note...
Congratulations on being the featured artist. I hope knowing we are all here is of some comfort to you.

Jo said...

Beautiful tribute to your Dad. I too, have lost both a father and a husband. The pain never completely goes away, but it does get easier as time goes on. Take care of your self and your Mom.

Tammie Lee said...

how lovely that you have been featured and honored!

the painting for your mother is wonderful and overflows with feeling. it must be so special to her. I am guessing that it was also part of your morning process to create it.

your morning fairy is charming as can be. yea for a new chimney.

Bronson Hill Arts said...

So touching, Beth. And, the flow of your "sketch" is wonderful!

And congratulations on being featured. It is such a beautiful painting.

-Barb

Leovi said...

Wonderful colors, very creative composition, I really like this message of hope!

Arnoldo L. Romero, MLA said...

Your work is always breathe taking. Congratulations on being featured at PPF. Blessings!

Cindy D. said...

So sorry about your dad. The painting is very bold and strong. Love the fairy! Such delicate ribbons and wings!

Christine said...

wonderful contrasting pieces today, and congrats on your feature!

Sirkka said...

Your work to your mom is touching, beautiful, the colors are great. The life goes on, even weeping. The time is on your side.

BLOGitse said...

Congrats on being the featured artist!
Colors are good for us, specially when we grieve...
I agree - hope is universal - too many people don't have anything else...

kat said...

Beautiful work here as always, and that fairy sketch is so very lovely, you have such a way with drawing!

janelydialoves said...

Thank you for visiting my blog Beth and helping me find yours. Your artwork is beautiful and you have captured so well the paradox of grief and yet at the same time hope.

denthe said...

That's a beautiful painting you made in honour of your father. I'm sure it must give your mother great comfort. And it probably helped you dealing with your grief too. Congrats on being the featured artist, you deserve it!

sheila 77 said...

Congratulations on being featured on PPF, hope it cheered you up combined with the fellowship of PPF.
Thanks for sharing the beautiful painting and the thoughts behind it. Your pencil drawing is exquisite, a lovely subject drawn extremely well.

Kristin said...

Both of them are wonderful! How sweet of you to make that for your Mom, I bet she was so moved. And congratulations on being a featured artist for PPF :) xoxo

Teresa Arsenault said...

Your Hope of Sunrise painting is powerful and moving. I often associate your three main colours (royal blue, red and bright yellow) with our Lord.

Your flute playing faerie is stunning in her definition and detail. A truly lovely and skilled drawing.

Thank you for your inspiring comments on my blog. I always appreciate you dropping by.

Blessing hugs,
Teresa

lorik said...

Beautiful painting for your father. I lost my dad a year ago and still often feel sad..his birthday is coming up soon.. you have inspired me to do something special for him too. I really like your painting too - so strong in emotion.

Debbie said...

I love the painting you did for your mom, I'm sure she cherishes it! Your fairy sketch is so magical!

irene said...

Your painting is stunningly vibrant. I am sure that your cherishes it.

Beth Niquette said...

I look back at this post--how poignant to realize that 20 days after I'd written these words, my beloved husband of 31 years would himself fly to heaven. That earlier self is telling me there is hope...And that the Shepherd Who loves Mumsie--He loves me, too.