Saturday, May 26, 2012

Going Forward Again: Painting and Remembering

This is hard. I've been away, but now I'm back. Painting some, but never enough. Here is one painting I'm trying to finish up soon. This was one I started during the Tucson Artists' Open Studios Tour last month. I've been working on the large version of Pedernal One, but I'm not quite ready to share it. Missed you all very much. I didn't do much lurking until this week. I know that blogs and Facebook sharing should, for the most part be fun and cheery, but you know life...Sometimes, things are just downright wretched.
Until his last day, he was on the job. Loki went into his crate to lie down, with one eye on me and one on the rest of the house. There he slept. There he rested--his job done--performed with dedication and laser-like focus until the dawn. Lakota (Loki): 2002- May 9, 2012. May you all know the bond and love of a good dog.


daviddrawsandpaints said...

Sorry for your loss Melinda. Know how it feels. Glad you had the company of a fine animal friend.

A hard thing to do - come back online and tell us. But at least you still come bearing the gift of a wonderful painting!
Peace and love,

Janelle Goodwin said...

My heart goes out to you and your family. It's so hard to lose a good animal, as they do bring out the best in all of us. Hugs.

Jeffrey J. Boron said...

Hey Melinda,

Glad your back, this painting is a wonderful addition to the Melinda image file in my mind. It really has something special that draws you to look and see and join you in your artistic place...grand!

So sad to hear of your loss Melinda. Its tough thing and only time will ease the pain. Virtual hugs. Take care.


Jeane Myers said...

glad to see you stepping out on the other side of your immense sadness - no words can convey the loss of a beloved - your painting is wonderful, I feel the passion and intensity of you - carry on xo

Barbara Muir said...

Hi Melinda, so very sorry about Loki,
a magnificent dog, and true friend.
Your painting is wonderful, and lifts my heart even though the story is so sad. It is not fair at all. And I wish everyone the same wish, the love and friendship of a good dog. We feel blessed to have one.


Donald Diddams said...

What a lovely benediction: "May you all know the bond and love of a good dog." There is nothing quite like that bond -- unbreakable until they must leave us before we are ready. I think of that as ours rests at my feet.

I'm sure you have an empty spot in your heart and your home. Paint it back full again!

Melinda said...

Thank you, David. It was hard to do.

Thank you, too, for writing. I'm very glad that you like the painting.

It's time to visit your blog and check out what you've been up to.

Virtual hugs.

Melinda said...

Hello Janelle,
Thank you. You have a good heart. Our pets really DO teach us so much. This is the toughest lesson.

Hugs to you, too.

Melinda said...

Oh, Jeffrey, thank you for your kind words about this painting! I love that phrase: "image file."

Yes, time is helping. Blogger friends, like you, really help too.

Virtual hugs back at you.

Melinda said...

Hello Jeane,
I read your heartfelt words and know that you understand such things. Your passion for painting, your discipline for showing up and doing the work, inspire me so much. You are a big reason why I'm back.

Thank you.


Melinda said...

Dear Barbara,
Thank you so much for your loving words and thoughtful friendship. You are blessed with a special creature, and I hope for a very long life and excellent health for your dog. They know us so well, don't they? I know that you are as connected to that bond as anyone can be.

You, too, are a big reason why I'm still blogging. Thank you. I'm happy you like the painting. I keep thinking it needs some more paint. We'll see.

Virtual hugs.

Melinda said...

Yes, Don, a huge empty spot right now. But, Diego is trying his heart out to do his best, and of course, is masterful.

I am comforted by your presence online and your visit here. Wise and thoughtful words always, when you write.

It's good to know that you are blessed with that bond too.

You made me smile with "Paint it back full again!"
Yes, will do.

cohen labelle said...

Dear Melinda

I am very sad to hear about Loki – I know how devastating it must feel to lose a devoted and loving, animal friend like that.
The photographs you share with us give us a wonderful impression of Loki’s nobility, his grandeur and warmth!
It is a great thing that you enjoyed those years with Loki and equally a great thing that you are blessed with a great gift for painting which gives so much peace and healing.

cohen labelle said...

Oops, oops and oops Melinda! I referred to Eric Bibb as Gibbs - embarrassing, sorry about that. Well there was a Gibbs (James Gibbs) who was a distinguished 17th, 18th century British architect - designed St Martin in the Fields - that's close isn't it?!

Melinda said...

Hello, dear Marcia. Thank you so much for your words of sympathy. It means a lot to me. It was a privilege to care for such a special dog. He filled this house with his presence and it will be a long time before any other dog can fill his paw prints. Diego is fulfilling his role as comforter at the present time. He's doing a great job, too.

Painting is definitely healing. Why don't we all know that? Maybe if we could get all the world's leaders together, to go into the studio, we could get more peace. Hmmmm.

Thank you for your kind spirit here.

No problem, about Eric. Interesting about the architect for St. Martin in the Fields. :)

Virtual hugs to you and yours.

Edgar said...

Only now did I have the strength to come and visit your memorial, and it still fills me with sadness. I miss our friend so much.

But I am so grateful for these wonderful pictures... he is unforgettable.