Saturday, March 8, 2014

Retro camper

Last October my sweet 99 year old grandmother passed away.  She was three weeks shy of turning 100.  When I learned that she was failing, I jumped on a plane to North Carolina.  I couldn't bare to think that she would be alone during this transition in life.  When I arrived I just took over her care.  I sat with her while she rested and gave her iced tea when she was thirsty.  When she couldn't relax due to not being able to urinate, I had the hospice nurse put in a catheter.  Afterwards, she was able to sleep in peace.  It was just a few days later that she let go and moved over to the other side.  I was honored to be there.  I was touched when she cried out for me by name.  It was one of the most beautiful moments of my life.

My favorite picture is the one where my grandmother and grandfather are standing in front of their camper.  They enjoyed camping with their extended family and did it often.  This is where I got my inspiration for my latest painting.

My grandfather passed away about 18 years ago.  He was my grandmother's everything.  Knowing that they are now together makes me smile.

I have this picture on my art desk.  I am currently working on a multi-media piece that includes a little camper like the one in the picture.  It has been a long time since I've created a large piece, so I'm really excited to see how it turns out.  As soon as it's finished, I will show it to you.  Here's a quick pencil drawing of the little girl that will be in the painting.

Now I'm off to create!  See you soon!

1 comment:

  1. Beautiful and heart warming post and story about your grandparents. Thank you for sharing it! Good luck with your lovely and sweet sketch!