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September 2013



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Happy Easter, all...

...I had a post started last week with these paintings, but my internet connection crashed, taking the post with it. So here I am again, realizing what better day to celebrate love and family than Easter Sunday?

I adore my family. I've been incredibly blessed, from my 85-year-old in-laws to 1-year-old Finn. My husband, my sister and her family, my cousin and his wife and my godchildren...they're infinitely precious to me.

We ARE a large bunch, so we tend to group birthdays so we can celebrate as many as possible with our busy schedules. This month, it was Rachel and Aaron's birthday, and I wanted to do something special for them.

It's a tough time in the family, with serious health issues, and these two dear, generous people decided they would prefer we take what we would have spent on their birthday presents and give it toward health care, medicine and nutritional supplements for their sister. It was incredibly touching as she realized what was happening, and how much we all love her...

Rachel's Birthday Montage just fell together...a little minor tweaking and I was fairly happy with the result--newborn Finn with mom and dad, 9 month old, and now the year -and-3-months "outdoorsman" who kept us all in stitches, pointing outside and then at himself--ME, OUT THERE!

New life...and mama Rachel loved her 9 x 12 "birthday card."

Aaron's montage was harder--it was first, and my materials fought me a bit, but mostly I just could NOT get his face quite right. I've discovered how difficult it is sometimes, painting someone you love and want to please...but he WAS, and I caught something of his kids, whom HE adores, so all was well.

Aaron's Birthday Montage

I will be painting Ann, Molly, and Nora at some point too...it's a challenge, always, but a lovely one.

May you be as blessed with the riches of family and friends as I am...


Thank you!