And there's no time to waste... Last week a dear arty friend of mine passed away at age 50, suddenly & very unexpectedly. I started up some study again last week & my friend was about to embark on the same course as me. She had decided that she too wanted to do more of what she loved in the future & less of what she didn't. It is with huge sadness for me that she now isn't on that path with me. I am devastated for her. Finding the right words for a situation like this is futile. There are just not enough of the right words.
I've been dwelling on it & consumed by it all these last few days. Just in shock I guess. But life all around me still carries on. The kids keep e grounded & I'm actually grateful that I've had an assignment deadline. It couldn't have come at a better time really. I needed some focus. I needed to distract myself away from sadness & I needed to do precisely what I love doing most. My friend would want me to be doing that.
The sudden impact of it makes me all the more determined to make time for myself to do the things that I love. The things I love that feed my soul. And that doesn't mean ignoring any of my responsibilities but it does mean taking opportunities to make more art, stopping procrastination, saying 'no' sometimes, sometimes putting aside boring things, investing in myself, caring for myself. All of those things are important for everybody. Losing my friend is going to be a constant reminder to me that life is just too short & we never know what is around the corner. If there is a nagging feeling that you should be doing something else, there's no time like right now!
When this weeks assignment theme of a 'winter Christmas card' was announced, all I could get my head around was Angels. I decorated a few Angels with Partridge in a pear tree, colourful Christmas baubles & snowflakes. Christmas Guardian Angels. I wanted a fresh colourful whimsical/folky type palette, not the tradtional colours. This is hybrid work. All hand drawn, some painted elements, some digital colouring. I'll be working on at least one other so I can offer a couple of Christmas cards for sale in the next couple of weeks hopefully.
Ok, so with a heavy heart I continue on with my studies knowing that I'm absolutely doing something that I love & hopefully I have my friend, my little art Angel watching over me. I am just so grateful to have known her kind & creative soul.
This card is for you Viv. Rest in peace beautiful lady, you surely will be missed. xo