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Sunday, July 11, 2010

Easy as ABC

I wish that this was as easy as ABC!
I want to show you some work from an amazing artist. This last January my Aunt Colleen passed away after fighting a valiant fight with cancer. I have always admired what a great artist she is and today I want to share with you some of her work. I would really like to see this published into a book because it would be a great way to honor the great artist that she is.
The ABC sketches were from a sketch book that she had.

Did you notice that the "J" was missing? She didn't get to finish the alphabet but I am sure that her daughter who is also an amazing artist would be able to finish for her. (I know that you can do it, Jane.)

So, U,W, X, Y and Z are missing as well.
She also has some amazing water colors!
This one was done in oils and this so reminds me of her. I remember it hanging in her home and admired it every time I visited.
She spent a year and a half in Croatia and she never went anywhere without her sketch book and her small water color set. These next sketches and paintings were done while she was in Croatia.

I love this one! The colors and architecture make me think that I am actually there.
Here is one that she did of her husbands gloves and hat.

There were many roosters in Croatia and I love roosters so this is one of my favorites.
This last weekend I was able to go to a family reunion and I missed having her there. It wasn't quite the same and I guess never will be. She was a very talented lady and has been an inspiration to me my whole life. Many of the things that I have learned came from her, she even helped me make my own wedding cake!

Here is my cake and yes, I know this is really dating me and is totally taking me back in time, but I still love the cake!

She taught me all of the tricks to cake decorating. Because of that I have done many wedding cakes, including  my daughters. So, today I want to pay tribute to this fantastic lady and friend of mine and if she were here I would thank her for all that she taught me and the spark she has been to my inspirations!


Unknown said...

I never have really seen anything that she has done, other than some of the things in her house, but I never visited that often to really remember. But those were awesome! Jane should totally finish the ABC book and publish it.

Nellie's Cozy place said...

WOW, YOUR AUNT REally was a very talented lady and i hope her daughter will finish up the work and publish it!! what a delightful book it would be.
that is so neat that she also made your wedding cake, gorgeous by the way.
my aunt also inspired me with decorating and making things. she was like the martha stewart of our family.
it is such a neat thing the lasting impression that others can leave. makes me wonder what sort of impression i will leave on others?? lol

Thanks so much for sharing this with us, and I am very sorry about your aunts passing.

Blessings, Nellie

Melissa said...

You are right - she is an amazing artist. Thanks for sharing...and I know how one can miss someone who has gone ahead - you have my sympathy

Sue said...

WOW! Looks like talent runs in the family:)

Mark and Ashlie said...

This is beautiful! Thanks so much for linking to Sister Sister. Come back and party with us this Sunday!


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