Friday, June 29, 2007

Illustration Friday: twist


I made this painting for my Mom this week. She and my sister were coming to visit me and we were going to have sun, fun, going to the Getty Villa, Malibuing, laughing and eating. In a sad twist of fate my Moms dog Charlie was diagnosed with cancer and was gone within the week. My heart is broken so you can imagine how my family must feel. Charlie has a brother named Louie and now he is lonely too. I did a companion piece for my sister in March for her birthday right here. Louie is in the bed and DD loves to ski so I had her skiing in the picture. My mom loves horses and rides dressage and this is her with her 1st horse Snickers. It's called "The Perfect Dream". I feel like I can express myself better with paint than words. This is a very painful twist. Goodbye Charlie you will always live in our hearts.

43 comments:

Tina Vaziri said...

Sorry to hear about the dog, but your piece turned out lovely, especially the little houses in the background.

Kathleen Rietz said...

You know, I thought this piece looked familiar! I remembered the other painting and how much fun I thought it was when you posted it.

This painting is very beautiful. Your story put a lump in my throat, it is so sad. I can only imagine how hard the loss is. Your painting is such a sweet dedication to the Charlie and to your mom. Though she is probably having a hard time looking at it right now, it is such a thoughtful gift and beautifully done. You are a very sweet person to make this for her.

susan said...

lovely piece val - i am so sorry to hear about your mom's dog.

Emila Yusof said...

Sorry to hear about Charlie. "The Perfect Dream" is perfect!

isay said...

Beautiful tribute!
This is a beautiful painting Val. I like how you have painted Charlie and everything.

JO said...

Very sorry about Charlie, but a wonderful painting. I hope it consoles your MoM it's so lovely.

zime said...

I love this composition!!! Great illo!!

kj said...

i heard this scientific piece on npr about people with near death experiences. this study was on people who were "dead" for longer than previously researched.

these folks, like others before them, reported a long tunnel with white light at its end. but because they made it further down the tunnel before they were revived, they also reported seeing their deceased pets there waiting for them.

i'm comforted to think this is true, and i hope it helps you and your mom too, val.

condolences for the loss of charlie.

Cream said...

So evocative, Val!
I am sure your mom will love it and the sight of Charlie will always bring back happy memories for her.

Leah said...

I'm sorry about your mom's dog, I know that's so hard. Your painting will be a lovely way to remember Charlie.

Rrramone said...

Poor doggie, good for you for doing this. :-)

Ces said...

Val, before I read your words I saw the dog and thought to myself that someone really loves this dog. Then I read your story. I felt sad but comforted by your tribute. What a magnificent and kindhearted gesture. Art and literature truly allows us to illustrate our emotions in a beautiful way. It is a reflection of our lives and how we conduct ouselves in this short time on earth.

studio lolo said...

Charlie looks like he's in a good, peaceful place in your illo with your mom looking on. What a beautiful tribute to a loved family member. We never have them long enough, do we?

mrana said...

Oh how heart breaking! The illustration is a beautiful accompaniment to the story, but, having three pups of my own, I truly feel for your mum.

Tracy said...

Val, this is so sweet! I love the precious little houses in the background, the happy dog smiling with his tongue...a beautiful piece of work and very sad story.

imwithsully said...

Val, that is so very sad. I didn't know Charlie, but my heart goes out to your family. What a wonderful way to honor this little guy!

Lauren Kate said...

I love the colouurs you have used - this is such a fresh piece of work - really lovely.

aynaku said...

I guess I understand your feeling...my mother's dog died recently as well, and know is lives all alone...very beatiful illo, aniways, so bright!

tiffini elektra x said...

I am so sorry to hear about Charlie - that is just heartbreaking! Your tribute is absolutely amazing. Everything about it is just so wonderful. It is just an amazing and sweet piece.

DesigningFairy said...

Oh Val, I'm sure Charlie is very nearby making sure everyone is okay. They are never far away. You have to know that. I find our art is our salvation for our tough feelings.Big hugs.

Debbie Egizio said...

What a lovely tribute and gift! Such a beautiful piece.

Mac said...

Aw that is cute! I like how you switched up the scale. Nice twist and great drawing.

atomicvelvetsigh said...

ohh i feel your pain.. and your illustration shows how you love little Charlie.. well im pretty sure he's gone to dog heaven! 8D

purple cucumbers folk art said...

FINALLY!I found what I was looking for in all my art and junk so you should have painting and other goodies soon.How are things your way?I am having a ball creating,see my new piece on blog!I am sending you something special from my Mother,later gator!xxoo

md said...

sorry to hear bout louie i had a dog by that name once who had a sister name jennie both have gone on they were a mix of poddle and hound. lov ur illo nice dream like quality

Alina Chau said...

Love the surreal concept!! AWESOME!

Jill said...

What a lovely way to commemorate a lost companion! Just beautiful.

Ginger*:)* said...

This is beautiful on so many levels. The loss of a companion as dear as this has to be very sad indeed.

Your painting is a gift of love and I know it will be cherised.

Anonymous said...

Don't worry Charlie will be reborn in 3 days. Dogs are just human souls with training wheels. Charlie will make a great human. If you pee in your dreams, does wet happen? Bad Dog

Gillian said...

Such a sad story, but a beautiful painting.

PaulSketch said...

aaaw, haha! this dog looks so content in his hilly blanket! great concept

marc said...

Hi Val,
Beautiful painting !
Charlie has fun in the eternal meadows now!
Have a wonderful week !

catnapping said...

my heart breaks for you and your family. his little spirit will be around. he'll be playing with the other dogs who've passed...and his puppy friends still on this side will see him...you'll wonder what they're looking at...and it'll be him.

Andrea said...

What a lovely dedication to Charlie. I am sorry for your loss.

Janet said...

I'm so sorry about Charlie! This is a wonderful way for your mom to remember him!

Linda said...

hi val,
sorry to here about charlie. this a a lovely thoughtful piece you've created!

Digital Scott's illustrationblog said...

The loss of a dog is very, very hard! I like your work, and your words.

I was recently at the Getty Villa too!

After August maybe we can do that cup of coffee...

an orange said...

this is so pretty. I'm so sorry to hear about Charlie. a dog I loved died a couple weeks ago and I know how it hurts.

ddskier said...

Hey Val,

I love the pic of Charlie -- especially with his tongue out because you know that was his favored pose. Your picture of charlie helped so much and was so thoughtful; although mom is still deeply sad. I love, love, love the pic of louie too. Every night I look at it before I go to sleep.

I'm the luckiest girl alive to have you for my sister.

xoxox
--dd

shawn said...

aww. that just broke my heart. happy your mom and sister get to spend some time with you in that wonderful area where you live! that surely will bring some healing into her heart.

Lois said...

I'm so glad you made this painting, it's really cool and fresh and meaningful and captures why your artwork is so good, it's from the heart with playful meaning. Dogs mean so much and fill such special places in our lives, long live Charlie.

Anonymous said...

What a great tribute to Charlie. Rothie and I are still saddened by his sudden death.

Doodlestreet said...

I'm touched how you are able to express yourself more clearly with painting than with words....

I just know your mom cherishes this painting full of sincerity, love, warmth and genuine emotions.