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Sea me

Sea Me

Sea Me  $400 (Framed in a maple frame)

12″ x 9″ Ink and Watercolor

July has been a terribly sad and extremely busy month. On July 3rd my mom passed away at the age of 88. I was fortunate to be there at the time and had called an ambulance a day before she died as it was clear to me she was in far more pain than she should have been for her diagnosis. She had been complaining of severe back and stomach pain and her doctor sent her to an orthopedist in April, but the pain got to be too much and she had my 92-year-old aunt take her to the ER where she lives. The ER did a CAT scan which indicated a highly suspicious pancreatic mass. The ER staff never told me this when I called to ask what the findings were. They said she had diverticulitis. Her doctor never read  the CAT scan report so unfortunately we did not know that she had pancreatic cancer and were not all able to get up to be with her and have the opportunity to help her through her final days. Fortunately our son went to help her out for several days and thought I should come when he left. This is all so sad and frustrating as my son took her to a doctor appointment about a week before she died and my sister was on speaker phone to the doctor and asking questions if it could be anything more. The doctor stated it was diverticulitis and so we assumed that was what was going on.

Sometimes though things happen that softens the sadness. When my husband and I pulled up to the ER in the middle of the night after the doctor called me, we saw a large deer walking very slowly in front of the hospital door. It walked in front of our car and stopped and looked at us. I immediately thought of my dad and his love for deer and felt his presence. I thought maybe he was helping to bring her with him. When we got upstairs we learned she had passed away peacefully a few minutes before. We spent some time saying goodbye. No one had thought my mom was that close to death. She had been quite herself and active the entire day. She did get her wish to die in her sleep but we are all grieving her loss. When we went to leave the hospital we saw a doe wandering in a field. I can’t help but think that this was my mom going off to meet my dad.

This is my mom around the time of her high school graduation,Mom-1

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Bitsy Update and Gratitude

Bitsy is a little better! I am happy to report that Bitsy no longer has a fever. She walked around a little today on her own! She is not really eating much, and I have to give her water with an eye dropper.  She is still sneezing, but she is a trouper taking her medicine. She goes to the vet Monday and the orthopedic surgeon Wednesday. She is an incredibly good traveler, being used to the car trip between Arlington, MA and Rhode Island so that part is easy. She normally doesn’t like being put in a carrier, but she hasn’t had the spunk to protest.

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I am overwhelmed by the response to my cat+art sale blog post for Bitsy. I am thrilled that 7 paintings are going to new homes to help pay Bitsy’s vet bills, and that so many of  you called, texted, shared my  post (all the way across the Atlantic too), and emailed to check on how Bitsy is. Thank you everyone who bought cards from the card page of my blog as well. I feel so blessed to have such wonderful friends, collectors, and animal lovers.

IMG_2333                                                       Bitsy imitates art! (That’s me in the mirror).

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Rainbow over our town.

IMG_2752 The home of  an incredible artist and friend on the left. Can you guess who?

Thank you again for all your support. Love to you all.

 

 

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Up and Away, 30 Paintings in 30 Days, Day 30, Oh My!

Up up and away

I really love everything going on in this painting. Laying on of hands, midwifery, flying in the air, trumpets playing, creatures talking.

This is a 9″ by 12 ” Ink and Watercolor on Arches 300 pound cold press paper. I do enjoy making paintings in my usual style.

So, 30 days of 30 paintings has come to an end. A great challenge with over 200 participants started by Leslie Saeta. You can see everyone’s works on her blog page.

This painting will be matted and framed in a maple frame. It is for sale for $450.00 framed and $350.00 unframed.

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Happy Day!

Hot Tamales

 

Just some cheery guys that like to hang around.

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