I hope that this post finds you well. I know I've been very quiet the last few months. Its been a chaotic time for me. I was traveling a bit for work, but more than that, I had an aunt become sick with cancer and die in a very short amount of time.
Dealing with the pain of her illness, watching her grow sick and feeble was very difficult for my entire family. We laid her to rest the beginning of this week and I feel a bit like I'm coming out of a fog. I have been working, but I think most of my energy has been spent keeping myself together over the last month or so, hence the not putting anything up on my blog.
I did a piece to about my aunt that was buried with her. She was an artist, she struggled at times with life and was shy. She understood me more than the rest of my aunts or uncles, since we were the most alike in many ways. She once said to me that there was nothing wrong with the fact that I liked to sit in the corner and do my own thing. She helped me to understand that I could just be me, without having to apologize. Coming from such a large extended family, it was difficult for me as a child, being shy and uncomfortable with being teased. There were many times she would take me aside during a gathering to show me what projects she was working on and we would talk about art and music. I didn't see it at the time, but I think she understood that I needed that space to breathe in the midst of all the chaos of my boisterous family. I will miss her quiet understanding.
Here is the piece I created for her--the woman is her, she loved to bake and was known for her pies in the family, so that's what I drew her with.
The text is from an ee cummings poem and it reads:
Love is a place
and through this place of love
(with brightness of peace)
I will be back soon with more art.