Saturday, May 9, 2009

Heaven Has Just Welcomed An Artist

"Heaven Has Just Welcomed An Artist"
Digital Collage

Paint the Heavens as you now see them
what a sight to behold
your artist friends you've left behind
feel the void but
will remember you as a
wonderful inspiration
Never Stop Creating

An artist friend of mine has recently departed this earth. I just found out the news and felt the impulse to create an image and to write a few words here. This is why I am so thankful for the creative process. It is an outlet I can turn to when my emotions twist me up inside. This lady was an incredible spirit who toughed out hip replacement surgery in order to be able to attend some summer art retreats and plein air outings this Summer. I am so amazed at how the love of being creative will push us through any odds that might step in our way. Alas, it was not enough, although her fearless spirit is something I will always remember about her.
I am so glad that earlier this year she attended an energy healing at the Center in Palos Park. I would like to think that the healings she received there from myself and others helped her in some way, perhaps on a soul level. I gave her a hug that night and was so glad she was there as that would be the last time I would see her.
She had a witty bite about her that I truly loved and we used to banter back and forth during art classes. I shall miss her deeply but will hold onto the memories. My thoughts and prayers go out to her family.

The image above is actually two different pictures. The garden background was taken at Lake Katherine Nature Preserve when the flowers and bushes were in full bloom. To me, it feels like Heaven's garden. The foreground crosses I painted in acrylics soon after my own parents had passed away. The healing forces of being creative helped me cope with my personal losses during that time as well. I felt like combining the two images for some reason this morning. I think it expresses my own spirituality and lets out a number of different emotions I am feeling in a more complete way. Peace and blessings, my dear friend, soar high!


april said...

What a meaningful tribute, Bev. I know she is smiling. xx

Doris said...

Oh Bev,
So sorry for your loss, beautiful to see the triumph in it all that you've shared!

Carol Anne Strange said...

I'm sorry to hear of your friend's passing, Bev. This is such a truly beautiful tribute to her though. Sending you peace and love. xx