Sunday, May 13, 2012
Celebrate the Gifts
In LifeBook, Tam's lesson was about honoring the present, with a focus on using lettering and words in our mixed media.
My "stepping off" point for this painting was thinking about my Dad's Alzheimer's: how much it has affected my life, and how much it has taught me about living. I've learned that even with the stress and pain and heartbreak, there is always something to be thankful for...even if it's just a simple kiss on the check, or a remembered name, or a hand gently held.
This piece is so very special to me. Incorporated in the background (which you can't see anymore) are the following words, which came to me as I contemplated doing this piece:
To find beauty in the midst of incredible pain is to understand the meaning of God.
To find beauty in the midst of incredible sorrow is to understand the meaning of Love.
To be thankful for all of it -- the pain, the sorrow, and the beauty -- is to understand the meaning of Life.