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Friday, June 20, 2008

Friday, 20 June: A tribute


Today my husband, Richard (1948-2003) would have turned 60 year old. Catherine, my youngest daughter, painted this portrait of her dad and herself. She wanted to communicate the link between them and deliberately painted only a part of her own face in the shadows. Cath really captured something of Richard's personality and his dry sense of humour. Ruth also painted a portrait of her dad which hangs in her home. This evening we are going out for a meal to celebrate his life.

15 comments:

Janet said...

What a lovely painting; your daughter is very talented. I hope you have a lovely evening celebrating Richard's life.

Janet

willow said...

A very beautiful painting, Eleanor. An artistic gene is apparent in your family. I feel sad that he is not with you to celebrate his 60th. Love to you and yours today.

Robin C said...

Eleanor,
I can't remember where I found the link to your blog but I have really enjoyed reading about your life in S Africa. I live in Richmond, Virginia (USA) and love all kinds of things. The scenery and flowers around your home are just breathtaking.

This picture of your Richard is just marvelous. Your daughters are very talented and blessed to be given such talent.

Enjoy your memories of your beloved. He is there with you in each thought.

Robin

Lavinia Ladyslipper said...

Eleanor, thank you for posting this special portrait, and the sensitively written post about your late husband. He does indeed look like an extraordinary person, and your daughter is just lovely.

TOnight will be bittersweet, but it's a beautiful idea to celebrate his life; somewhere in heaven he is smiling, I'll wager....

Dee Dee said...

This is a very lovely painting of your husband and daughter...she is so beautifully talented. It tugged on my heart a little, thinking of you all together this evening, in celebration of his life... Kind regards...Dee Dee

Ms.Daisy said...

What a wonderful present your daughter has given you...using her beautiful talent to preserve something so precious to both of you.

I've really enjoyed reading your blog, too, Eleanor. Thank you for all your kind words!
~Jean

SilverBell Cottage said...

What a lovely painting. Big hugs to you and your lovely family.
Alexandra

KarenHarveyCox said...

Eleanor, I can see his spirit in this painting. You were blessed to have such a wonderful husband. Your daughter is a wonderful artist. Beautiful memories are something that is more valuable than gold. Blessings, Karen

Paula said...

Its indeed a wonderful painting!
May God bless you.

Rhondi said...

Hi Eleanor
What a handsome husband and beautiful daughter. Not only do you have beauty in your family you also have talent. Hope you had a lovely evening.
Your friend, Rhondi

Mary said...

Dear Eleanor - you are a brave woman to carry on without your wonderful husband who was taken much too soon. I'm glad your talented daughter was able to capture his spirit, and humor, in this wonderful portrait - I know it is treasured by your entire family.

Tracy said...

This is so beautiful...I'm all teary-eyed! Your daughter has created a very lovely tribute...this painting is so life-like! ((BIG HUGS)) to you, Eleanor!

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Eleanor said...

Daer friends
It was very precious to share this portrait with you. And to any out there, who have lost someone close, I extend my love and prayers too! Eleanor

Kathleen Grace said...

Your daughter's painting shows great talent. What a wonderful keepsake to remember him with.