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Thursday, March 31, 2011

Sudden Flight


This is my painting for Paint Party Friday. It's 12" x 12" mixed media on panel. I'm getting it posted early! It's a tribute to my mother. Her birthday is April 2 and she would have turned 71. She died suddenly seven years ago April 4. I am now able to view it like a sudden flight. One day she was with us and the next, she was gone. I wish I could have said goodbye but at least we had talked on her birthday a couple of days before.

I try to do some kind of art piece each year in honor of her birthday. Even though Spring is here, the colors seem a little muted right now. I usually cheer up and get in the flow of things after the first weeks of April have passed. So for right now, the girl in the painting is dressed for Spring but not quite feeling it...

Be sure to check out all of the participants for Paint Party Friday tomorrow. Last week there was a big response! It's fun to check out the blogs and see what everyone painted.  :)

47 comments:

Gloria said...

It's a great painting Pam. She does seem in a fog but all around her the flowers are in bloom. Very nice work and with so much feeling for your Mom. Thanks for sharing. Have a great weekend.

David Allen Waters said...

Puck,

what an amazing tribute to your wonderful mother. She was amazing I'm sure because she raised an extraordinary daughter.

hugs

Kiki aka Victoria said...

Hi Pam..hugs...heart-touching and so beautiful! i love this dreamscape feel and so ethereal and joyful too...i love the essence of serenity flowing from this art! Wonderful and magical!! very spiritual..shine on..what a gorgous tribute to your lovely mom!
HUgs
Victoria~

Pearson Report said...

Your mother must have been a very special woman - and she too was very lucky and blessed to have you as a daughter. Your love for her is so apparent and so strong. Even though she is not with you on the physical plan it is very clear she is with you in spirit.

Your tribute painting is stunning - full of many emotions but truly reflecting the deep and profound love you have for your mother.

Hugs,
Jenny

Bill said...

It looks like she is feeling it to me! The colors are wonderful. They look like winter waking up to a new, exciting life. A beautiful tribute to your mother.

Roban Studio said...

Pam, your painting is beautiful. I'm sorry to hear of the loss of your mom. I know these are a rough few weeks for you, but time eventually heals. Allowing your grief through art is a wonderful process. Hugs~ Rhonda

Msartist said...

Pam, Your painting is so lovely! The colors, tribute to your mom its very special. I lost my mom too and feel much the same way. It will be 4yrs this summer. Stay strong ((hugs))
~Theresa

NatashaMay said...

It's a beautiful tribute to your mom. Love it!

Gumnut said...

I love the brush strokes in this. Such freedom and energy. And the colours work really well too. The girl is moving to an unseen rhythm. All in all, a great piece of work.

Liz
(aka Nutty)

Pointy Pix said...

This is a lovely tribute to your mum. I love the colours you've used and how she stands out from the darker background. This makes me think of Alice in Wonderland - the darker Tim Burton version. I love the thought and meaning behind your paintings.

Stephanie Mealor Corder said...

Such a beautiful tribute to your Mom- I love that you do this every year. What a cathartic way to commemorate her. I like how she is among the flowers but separate as well- her muted colors really work to convey that sense of loss and sadness.
Happy PPF!
Stephanie

SHERI C said...

This piece has emotion and feeling to it. I like it a lot.

Heather said...

Oh, this is a very touching post. You are doing a wonderful tribute here to your mom. I love her pose and the stance...and i love the color palette, soft and gentle perfect for remembering
.....hugs!

Joann said...

what a beautiful tribute......

La Abela said...

What is done with deep feeling is always great, your work is fresh, lively and with a tinge of regret at a time. A kiss

miz katie said...

This is a beautiful painting. I'm sure your mother would have loved it.

My mother passed away 7 months ago, and her birthday was a couple weeks ago. Very difficult day to get through. It was a very quiet day.

Marlene said...

Beautiful, it really does portray the emotion with which it was created.

Theresa said...

O My Pam! What a stunning piece! I love the white light she's enveloped in...beautiful tribute to your mother.

EVA said...

A gorgeous tribute to your Mom, Pam. Mine died April 8 years ago - 2 days before her birthday. (Why do people die near their birthdays?)

I love the colours, the almost ballet-like outfit and her expression. Wonderful and touching!

Hugs

Melisa said...

This is a beautiful tribute to your Mom. Just beautiful.

Kristin Dudish said...

Hugs to you, Pam... This is such a wonderful tribute post to your mom. I love your textures and the way there are little bursts of color peeking through the muted ones.

xo
Kristin

p.s I think your thread journal page is fabulous too

Hybrid J said...

Beautiful artwork for such heartfelt tribute. Thanks for sharing.

Christine said...

this beautiful girl looks dreamy and ready for the world! Love it.

art2cee2 said...

What a wonderful painting and tribute to your mother. I can totally relate, 6 years ago my mother passed away. One minute she was fine and the next gone. I miss her every single day. Take care!

Jenny Blair said...

This is a beautiful painting. I love the colours you have used, creates a very serene and dreamy aura. Its a very touching tribute. big hugs to you :)

Incipient Wings said...

i love it!

mel said...

what a gorgeous tribute to your Mom....truly beautiful.

love to you...xoxo

WrightStuff said...

A beautiful tribute Pam.

Toni said...

I think it's wonderful that you create art to honor your mother. This piece is a great tribute!

Anne said...

Gorgeous painting and so meaningful, too. I really like the idea of creating art yearly to honor your mother. This one has some wonderful colors. Really lovely.

Heather said...

What a wonderful thing to do for your mom every year. That is really sweet. I don't think you ever get over losing your mom. I know I have never.

gemma said...

I lost my mother suddenly a few years ago.I understand your thoughts at this time. Also think making art as a tribute to her is a wonderful idea.

Mary Hysong said...

A wonderful tribute to your mom! You are right she looks like she's all dressed up but not quite ready to party. I also really love the bird picture further down, really like the effect; is it watercolor>? Thanks for stopping by on my first PPF!

Carola Bartz said...

Your art work is beautiful, those colors work so well together.
I'm sorry that you weren't able to say good-bye to your mom. When my mom died four years ago I fortunately was able to fly over to Germany and say good-bye. I am so grateful for that.
I like that you do something in her honor every year on her birthday.

Carrie Wachter~Martinez said...

How beautiful the feathery leaves of the flowers and the way the pink (love) and blue (sadness at the loss) flower garden surrounds the girl...I truly wish you peace in your heart and joy in your soul :) Happy weekend!

Pam Tucker said...

Thank you all so much for your comments. Your words truly meant so much to me!

priti.lisa said...

Beautiful the way you pay homage to your Mother every year.
I love the girl's shoes!!!
xox

ThisTinder said...

What a great tribute to your mother. It never even crossed my mind to do a painting every year, although I journal every year on the anniversary of my father's passing. Which happens to be in a couple days so I may have to incorporate your idea :)

Your style is very unique and engaging to look at!

brendathour said...

Love your painting, and I am so sorry for your loss.

Netty said...

Wonderful tribute to your mother and such a great style of painting, loving this so much. Annette x

Sherry said...

I still miss her terribly.

Pam Tucker said...

@ PritiLisia, ThisTinder, BrendaThour and Netty: Thank you all! Your comments are very special to me. :)

@Sherry: Sis, I know. Still waiting for it to get better...

Kat W said...

Beautiful mixed media piece; I love the colours, textures and feel of it. This is a lovely tribute to your Mum.

Kat

Pat Tillett said...

A great tribute and a wonderful painting...

Tammie said...

hello Pam,
This is exquisitely beautiful. I love the feeling, the colors, her clothing. I clicked to make it large to enjoy it. And to think you were inspired by or for you mother with this piece, well that touches my heart, very much.

angelself said...

Just beautiful Pam =)
Kathryn

judie said...

Really beautiful, mystical tribute. It's very hard to lose a loved one suddenly without a chance to say goodbye. My heart aches for you.