Monday, March 07, 2011

Grace and Blog Banner

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As a few of you know, I have had  a long  string of very sad losses over the course of the past  5 months and recently found out of more to follow.   

Although any thought about my muse is subject to my own interpretation, I think recent events  probably take center stage  behind the  new blog banner.  It seems when I am subconsciously trying to sift and sort through the many layers of my soul and more overt emotions,  I end up being more self-centered and reflective and then creativity follows.   My life-long spiritual quest has taken several turns, but more noticeable is how these times of loss simply turn up the volume of higher values.   Visually, the new blog banner is an effort to reflect this - that I am doing my best, to follow my heart which in turn leads me to spirit and wisdom.  My heart tells me these difficult and necessary  lessons and are important in that they serve to reinforce the many blessings I am surrounded with each day. 

One of the more recent losses was the tragic accident of a friend's son at age 34.  Together with his wife of 2.5  years, they had just learned they were expecting a baby less than 2 weeks before his sudden death.  The family has deep faith and is holding on to it like never before as they try to come to terms of navigating life without him.    I made this illustration for his wife as she makes her way through the  many unthinkable challenges she now faces.  I hope it will give her strength.



"Grace"
- 8 x 10 digital illustration

Image Credits - Tumble Fish Studio - hands, waves
 Figure - public domain free- Zeigfeld
 Wings - Holliewood Studio
Portal - Lorie Davison


10 comments:

Geri Centonze said...

Trudi, I am so sorry (I remember you telling me about your friend's son). I cannot even imagine the depth of that grief. I pray they all will somehow get through it - it really makes us examine the fragility of life...we all take for granted that we will have tomorrow.

Plush Possum Studio said...

Oh, I like this one--lovely!
Rose

Gloria said...

That's beautiful of you to do that. Sorry for the loss. Life is hard at times, but we do go on....somehow. Take care.

La Dolce Vita said...

I will email you love, sending hugs...

bockel24 said...

This collage is just beautiful and very thought-provoking, I love it!

Barb said...

My thoughts and prayers go out to the family. What a meaningful piece you made for his wife... I will pray that she will have many around her to support her in the days and months ahead.

Lisa said...

I'm so sorry to hear you've been struggling with so much sadness in your surrounding life...

this is a lovely piece Trudi and very fitting...I hope it helps your friends expectant wife see some light at the end of a very long road...the end of one life and the beginning of another..a bittersweet journey for her now.

Jane said...

Lovely, thoughtful piece. I'm sure she will love it.

BellaLunaArts said...

Such a beautiful blog, and I just love the Butterflies. I have something called a Wishing tree in my yard for things from people all over as well. I'll be thinking about what butterfly to use...thanks for sharing such beauty.

aoede said...

Trudi-beautiful and soul stirring piece... so sorry for your and her loss... thank you for sharing and expressing pain and sadness through art
<3 Aoede