Sunday, October 23, 2011

Artistic Influence

A Remembrance of  Two Artists who Touched My Life 

Celebrating you
sharing your artistic soul
 teaching with your heart

When I was tiny, Aunt Rosemary and Uncle Dick took my big sister Janie and I to the Rose Parade. We got to sit on camp stools, or Uncle Dick's shoulders. And eat cotton candy. They were two of the early loving influences I had in my life. 

Aunt Rosemary was a school teacher, and had the most amazing art supplies at her house! They lived a few hours away, and we'd get to go visit for several days with the whole family. And we'd play and create! She encouraged my artistic exploration early in life.

We lost her several years ago, after a brief illness.

Another influence on my artistic exploration was my friend Sherri. Several years ago I serendipitously met someone at a photo copy shop, who invited me to join an art group meeting at her home, and Sheri was one of the artists there. I took a series of Visual Journaling classes from Sherri shortly thereafter, where we would play and create. Those classes, and the art group, began my exploration of mixed media which has become my passion.

Sherri was an encouraging teacher and friend. We lost her very suddenly last February.

This picture of a heart shaped rock wall, taken by my son on one of his trips, honors these two people who have been influences in my artistic life.



Robin Panzer Art said...

What a lovely tribute! Happy Sunday Helen!

gemma said...

The heart shaped wall is awesome. A lovely photo to honor those who inspired you.

La Llorona Studio said...

How beautiful. The heart shape wall is awesome just as the love these two artists shared with you.

Gloria said...

What a beautiful post and how wonderful the way you honor your people. I love the rock, it's awesome. Thanks for sharing.

yoborobo said...

I love the photo and the story of these two artists that influenced you so. It makes me wonder, who are we influencing? I hope someone will remember me fondly like this, too! :) Pam

rebecca said...


this is stunningly beautiful. so thoughtfully sculpted, holding earth, life and precious memories in the hearts of all who see this.
thank you for your memories and this perfect symbol of love.

Stephanie said...

Beautiful way to remember people who held such influence in your life. The heart encompasses them all.

Fran aka Redondowriter said...

I love hearing people's stories about their loved ones and the differences they made and continue to make post mortem in our lives. I also love the wall you post which commemorates your friends who gave you the gift of art.

Cheryl said...

Lovely photo. I believe Sherri is smiling down on us writing about her. I hope so anyway. I agree with yoborobo-who are we influencing?

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

"celebrating you"

Oh, I like that first line! It could open up all sorts of wondrous doors to other poems--and celebrations!

rebecca said...

again....i have happily included you in my post for today.
thank you for such vibrant memories.

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