Sadly, my father is nearing the end of his life. Thanks to a very supportive family I am blessed with the opportunity to spend as much time with him as possible. Most of that time he's asleep but that's ok as I know he may not be feeling his severe pain and discomfort when unconscious. During the long silent hours of just being with him I've been working on various art projects. My father was an avid fisherman and fly tier. Today I did a piece in honor of him while playing with watercolors, a relatively new medium for me. Late this afternoon he woke up and was pretty lucid. I showed him what I had painted and was thrilled at how much he liked it! He then asked what else I had to show him. The next 15 minutes were spent perusing my art, discussing my art and talking about various art projects I'm working on. He thought the opportunities I'm working on (a post for another time) were fabulous and he offered some very creative and insightful suggestions for some of my pieces. Not only did I get a smile out of him but even got a chuckle or two! That 15 minute chat, the most he's talked in over two weeks, just about did him in and he had to sleep again. But that was one of the most special 15 minutes!!! A true gift and beautiful memory I will always have!!! I left him today with a smile on my face (so much better than the tears of yesterday). YAY for the power of art!!!
This was painted with pearlized watercolors. Between how that reflects the light and using my go to iPhone camera it's not necessarily the best image. But this will always remind me of one of the last special timesI'll have with dad!!! YAY for the power of art!!! It's been my therapy, my solace, my joy, my fun and now the catalyst for a WONDERFUL and unforgettable moment! YAY for the power of art!!!
Hug your dads!!! :D