Today I finished what is pretty much a memorial picture for my Mom.  I started this over a year ago and have only worked on it as life allowed.  It is the only picture I have worked on since she passed away in Oct. 2011. 

So this feels like a huge ending of something for me.  This work has helped greatly with my process of grieving.  It is for me, for her and for all the things I can't say.  I love to look at it.  The photo does not do it justice.  I want to live inside it. 

I miss her so much and my heart still aches to have her hug me one more time.  Words are not enough.  I hope that she would have loved it...actually I am sure she would have and said mine mine mine to me.  I can actually see her bouncing and holding it to her the way she used to when I made something she really wanted.  There are so many things from this point forward in my life that I am doing for her.  I made a few promises that I will keep, even if it takes the rest of my life. 

I know that I am a slow poke with things and she was always impatient for me to get going with the things she wanted me to do.  One is sharing my work in a bigger way.  I haven't had much time to do that.  Starting this site was one way that I am trying to keep that promise to her.  I hope that by sharing what I do inspires someone else to keep creating beauty.  Because that is the best way to honor life...by creating beauty and passing it on.


And for those that are interested I am calling this one, "Following the Sun", which has to do with the migration of Gray Whales.  But in my secret heart it will always be the promis



01/24/2013 8:51pm

It's a beautiful piece, Leila! And yes, I am sure she would have loved it. :-)

01/25/2013 10:49am

Thank you Wende!


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