Memories: Surprising the Painting

Mother Hen was a very talented painter. She loved landscapes, seascapes, and even painted spacescapes with me. She loved the Earth and the natural beauty in it. Several people later told us that they bought her prints to put in doctor offices because of how peaceful, colorful, and just plain beautiful they were. Her heart and peaceable ways very much came through in the finished product. Prints and originals of her work now reside in many countries around the world, and of course around the US. One day I fully intend to do something to once again share them again.

Today’s memory is about her painting sessions. She loved to work the little details, but sometimes that detailed focus is not a good thing. When she needed to see the big perspective, the forest instead of the trees, we would walk around the room in a direction we would only see the back of the canvas. After several laps we would suddenly turn around to “surprise” the painting.

It was amazing how well this worked. Suddenly seeing the entire painting all at once after filling your eyes with other sights helped us see the painting as a whole. To see how it was progressing.

My sister later told me that Sheldon on “Big Bang Theory” also does this. Sorry Sheldon. Mother Hen and I were doing this long before you. πŸ˜›

Picture of the day is of Mother Hen painting:

Mother Hen Painting

I just love that smile. πŸ™‚

She loved the creative process. I know I definitely got that from her. She was always so proud that my creativity was not only in art, but also in writing. She was my biggest fan and was always asking me when she got to read something new.

The writing will happen again. Even now, I have moments where ideas are coming from me, but the pain is too raw to do the actual prose.

But it will come. Mother Hen would expect it. She would be proud that I continued doing it and kept working at my dream of becoming a full-time writer.

Like I said, she was an inspiration and continues to be so.

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3 thoughts on “Memories: Surprising the Painting

  1. Lovely painting, even on an angle. πŸ™‚
    I also draw and paint while grieving.
    Oh, just thought I should point out, you are writing. πŸ™‚

    • Hehe, good point. Writing, but just not on fiction. πŸ˜›

      Come to think of it, this is the last complete painting she finished. Yeah, I won’t be selling that original.

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