Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Catching Up!

It has been some time since I shared what has been happening in my creative and/or personal world.  I thought it time to catch up with both as this is, in a way, a public diary as well as my creative diary. :-)

On June 4th, Daddy passed away.  We had been expecting it, but it is never easy to cope with the passing of a parent, and especially when its your last parent.  How does one become an orphan when one is almost 60?   My sister expressed a wish to gift the Newaygo Medical Care Facility with something in memory of their loving and wonderful care for both Mama til her passing in 2007 and Daddy til his.  I suggested that I paint something and since our parents' room had been in the Sunflower Lane wing, I chose complementary images of sunflowers from The Graphics Fairy, where Karen shares the most wonderful free images for our personal use. 
In Loving Memory ~ The Sunflowers
The canvases each measured 11" x 14" and were gallery wraps of 1-1/2" so they would not require framing.

Since then, I've finished another oil painting that had been started late last year and gotten set aside with all the fun of the mixed media and journaling.   This was gifted to my son Todd.  Its a screen shot from a popular sci-fi type video game which he enjoys.  :-)

The last week of July into August, both sons and families came for a visit!  It had been 4 years since we'd all been together and this Mimi was SO ready to love on all of her kids and grandkids!  To say a grand time was had by all would be an understatement.  It was heaven.  Pure heaven. I felt so blessed to have had the time together ... but it was so hard to say goodbye.

While they were all together, here, I asked my children to select their choices of my paintings.  Our walls were filled to overflowing and Mama has more paintings in works and now mixed media I want to display as well.  ;-)  They all worked together, choosing from the surplus and each got their favourites, which worked out nicely.  These walls became happily, rather bare!  :-D :-D

In our bedroom, we've put up a few of my mixed media vintage pieces, that both David and I particularly like.  Many of the backgrounds were freebies from Astrid's Artistic Efforts;  the key images were freebies from The Graphics Fairy.

Hope & Dream
The Best Of Everything

The Rose Girl

I have been a busy artist making cards, art journal pages, tags, and playing for the first time with Soft Pastels (which I already adore!) but won't try to catch you up with everything.    Here's a quick look at a few:
Collected Group 1

Collected Group 2

Thank you for taking time to visit! 
God bless and keep you in His care!


  1. {{Von}} sorry about your parents


  2. What a gorgeous way to thank those who cared for both your parents, Von! Thoughtful, beautiful work on your part!! The kids must have had fun picking and choosing artwork...kind of a gallery where you could afford whatever you wanted! ;-) Just love what you have been up to lately. I have just begun to hang some of my art journaling pieces, but just in my studio. I may move into the rest of the house one day!

  3. Von, this is a great looking new Blog page I enjoyed my visit here today.
    Sharon <3 <3


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