January 6, 2012

Commissioned with Love

I was commissioned to paint three paintings for my sweet friend's family for Christmas. The first one for her daughter, the second for her sister and the last for her precious Mother-in-Law. As I began layering the background, I wove pieces of their relationship throughout. It was such a joy to remember and to bring her beauty to light. I wanted each painting to be able to stand alone but also to be able to be grouped together if at some point they want to do that. I painted the daughter leaning into her mom, the sisters leaning upon each other and my sweet friend leaning into her mother-in-law. Each of them strong women on their own but the strength of them together--powerful.

Painting these was another step in my grieving process, it was emotional but so therapeutic to create and bring something into the world that reminds us of her amazing life.

30 comments :

  1. I loved that you leaned them into each other, and I'd love to see them hung in a group.

    Liza@Middle Passages

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  2. What a joy to be able to paint something so meaningful.

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  3. The art is fantastic with the vibrant colors and layers, but the story behind them makes them a treasure!

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  4. beautiful paintings and words, I agree with the comment above , the way they lean towards each others isjust lovely,

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  5. Wonderful creations and so meaningful ~ ~ thanks, namaste, Carol (Share the Creative Journey) Happy PPF ^_^

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  6. Catherine, you and your beautiful artwork continue to be a wonder to me--so special.

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  7. Wonderful! I think they will appreciate them a lot!!

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  8. Hi Catherine, love how they lean into each other. Glad painting this helped you. Nice job.

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  9. these are so lovely and am sure your friend was delighted with them.

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  10. Just lovely!
    I especially love the mother-in-law...and her hair! :)

    Happy New Year and
    Happy PPF!!
    Mary
    Mixed-Media Map Art

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  11. What a wonderful thing for you to be able to do for your friend's family. I know it helped them as much as it did you.

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  12. What a beautiful tribute to your friend in her important roles as Mom, Sister and Daughter-In-Law. It's amazing how we touch so many different lives in different ways as we journey through life. Your paintings are very special in capturing this.

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  13. Beautiful pieces, you can feel the love. Happy PPF and have a great weekend, Hugs Annette x

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  14. Oh Catherine
    how healing and beautiful
    everything about them says LOVE!!!

    thanks for sharing this very personal expression

    Love and Light

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  15. Wow, these are amazing. You are very talented. Thank you for popping by my blog and of course, Happy 2012! I have some new things I want to try this year and am actually pretty excited about the new year.

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  16. What wonderful and meaningful gifts, Catherine! I hope they loved them, they are very beautiful and touching.

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  17. beautiful vibrant paintings and I am sure your friends were so thrilled with how they turned out... looking forward to what you do next...xx

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  18. These are beautiful, and I love how her eyes flatten out as her smile stretches.

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  19. I love your artwork, it is so refreshing. I wondered who did the awesome blog header picture!

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  20. So beautiful! What a special tribute to your friend. I'm sure her family will cherish these forever!

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  21. What a beautiful way to celebrate your friend - I'm sure her family will treasure these. It is wonderful that you were able to create such meaningful gifts... I can only imagine how emotional it must have been to paint these. Thank you for sharing them with us :)

    xo
    Kristin

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  22. walking here with a smile. take care.. have a nice day ~ =D

    Regards,
    http://www.lonelyreload.com (A Growing Teenager Diary) ..

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  23. Wow, these are beautiful! I love how you made them able to go together in the future!!! Brilliant! Deb

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  24. Happy New Year Catherine! these paintings will surely be cherished by your friend! beautiful how they lean into each other. you can feel the love.

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  25. Wonderful pieces. All three would be fabulous together!
    Wishing you a wonderful 2012!
    Sheri Cook/HappyHorseStudio

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  26. What a wonderful project. I know her family will treasure these - and how wonderful that it was a healing experience for you, as well.

    Blessings in 2012!

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  27. Beautiful pieces Catherine. I know their owners will adore them. Happy New Year!!!

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  28. These are wonderful!!! Love the eyelashes.
    Nicole/Beadwright

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