The title of this post might indeed seem a tad strange... be viewed perhaps as a "typo" at first glance. But I will put that to rest by offering this suggestion... that holding membership in our blogging family, or community... is akin to being a member of a crew... on "The Friend Ship"!
In my "conversation" early this morning with fellow Scottish blogging friend Carolyn Simmill, I responded that I would try to maintain at least a once-weekly post through the duration of time until we have moved to our new life in Rockport. My "to-do" list grows by the day... even though I tick off a couple here and there.
I must finish the last painting to send off my two works to Nova Scotia. That project came to a rather sudden and abrupt halt... with the very tragic and sad news of friend Suzanne Berry's loss of her husband and soul mate Tim. I was ready to commence the project today... but in my "quik check" of favs... I noticed a post at email@example.com from Marian Fortunati in California announcing the passing of her beloved Dad and mentor on Leap Day.
Marian and I share so very much in common in both our personal and painting lives... in fact the parallels are uncanny really! And for that reason alone... I deeply feel and share her sense of loss at this moment. "Palette talk"... takes a sudden rear seat... and is replaced by the other connections which make us kindred spirits at least... and in our specific case.. extended family.
I have "visited" her lovely... upbeat site to pay my condolences. What attracted me there was a painting she had done of a grandchild and her Dad at the piano... a painting that "She" offered as her tribute to her Dad and mentor.I have such a photo of my Dad with my children Allison and Andrew. I wish to offer a still life tribute "portrait of my own Mom and Dad"... now in the hands of their biggest fan Andrew... as a gift of condolence and respect to Marian . Paintings are merely essays... "written using colour and brushstrokes"...
Another piece of "synchronicity"???? My Dad and Mom's 78th Wedding Anniversary is March 1st... Leap Day! How strange the Universe... How the same we all are!!!
Much Peace and love Marian at this difficult time... "You" are never alone!
Warmest regards and sympathy,