Sunday, June 17, 2007

Dad

I did this pastel painting of my Dad last week. My father died on June 2nd after our whole family had gathered, one last time, which is something he had wanted for a long time. I missed the "Dad" he was before his stroke, which left him unable to speak or engage in the activities he enjoyed, but so admired his courage and tenacity in continuing to live the best life he could in his remaining years. It was during this time that I got to see and know him as a vulnerable human being, beyond the "Dad" persona. Happy Father's Day, Dad...I love you.

6 comments:

Darla, Pencil Portrait Artist said...

My father also died the first week of June, but two years ago. He also had a stroke. He was 80. This artwork is a lovely tribute to your Dad. I can really see his pleasant personality in this.

jill said...

so sorry to hear of your father's death and preceding illness. i still miss my father from his departure in february 1997.

i wondered where you had been, as i hadn't seen anything posted from you in quite a while.

take care and know that others are sending sympathy and prayers your way.

Nelly said...

thank you, both, for your kind response. I do miss him so much, but time is a true healer.

Roshanda said...

This is a wonderful painting. Your work is inspiring.

andrea joseph's sketchblog said...

Aw, a beautiful and touching portrait.

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