Sunday, 29 January 2012

Tribute

Before I start I have to say that this was way out of my comfort zone (I'm not a painter), but it had to be done, and I'm happy with the way it came out. (Still not sure about the teardrop though)


On Friday Jan 20th my wife passed away after 6 months of battling with cancer. Thankfully she passed quickly and peacefully with family at her side. Although we had separated, we were still married and still friends, just with different outlooks on life. Freesias were her favourite flowers due to their scent, so what else could I paint.
I have to praise my daughters who have been wonderful throughout, but especially my youngest who gave up work and became a round the clock carer, even though it left her physically and mentally drained at times, and who kept her mum alive when she collapsed until the medics arrived.

Thank you to those who have sent messages and kind words, it's much appreciated.

24 comments:

  1. Very beautiful and so touching Nigel...
    I can almost smell the sweet fragrance of your beautiful Freesia...a favorite of mine too!

    btw...you can't say you're not a painter anymore!

    take care my friend
    be gentle with yourselves
    sending you all
    Peace
    Love
    Light
    and
    Courage
    and warm hugs!
    oxo

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  2. A lovely tribute Nigel... warm and positive thoughts to you and your daughters.

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  3. Nigel, this piece is obviously inspired by love ... otherwise it could not be so perfect.

    I'm sending thoughts of warmth and comfort to you and your daughters ...

    Tracy
    AKA CuddlyBunny

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  4. Sorry for your loss, sending you warm wishes and I hope you find comfort in the wishes and thoughts of others.

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  5. Helen would have loved it and you can paint more than you think! You know my thoughts are with you all!

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  6. Beautiful.....you have my condolences x

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  7. Hi Nige, brought a tear to my eye this morning. Thinking of you all and wishing I was there with you to help. Lovely painting you should be pleased with yourself. All my love Angela xxx

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  8. what a lovely tribute-freesias are my favourite too-their perfume is so sweet-just like good memories. xx

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  9. Beautiful tribute...Helen would have loved this page... Sending my warmest thoughts your way...x

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  10. What a nice tribute. So glad I met helen. x

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  11. This is such a kind and loving tribute. You and your family are in my prayers.

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  12. This is a wonderful tribute to her Nigel and your painting is just lovely, time you start calling your self a painter I think... Freesias are my favourite flowers and this is a touching piece... sending my thoughts and cyber hugs your way...xx

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  13. A perfect tribute, beautifully painted.
    xx

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  14. Nigel, i am so sorry to hear of your deep loss. THe painting you did is such a tribute to Helen.
    You may have never painted before, but you ARE a painter. I do hope you paint something else.
    I love the teardrop - i think the whole thing was meant to be what it is. A lovely tribute indeed...
    hugs to you & your compassionate daughters during this difficult time. xoxo

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  15. Your daughters do sound wonderful--so perfect to remember their mum with her favorite flower--a lovely painting and a loving tribute.

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  16. Nigel I am so sorry to hear your news. You have painted a loving tribute. It sounds like you have a strong family filled with love. Take care. xx

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  17. Nigel, I'm sorry to hear of the sad news. This is such a touching painting, it's perfect just perfect. You are a painter. xo

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  18. Nigel, I'm so sorry to hear of your deep loss. The painting you did is such a lovely tribut! Really beautiful!

    Take care!
    Gaby xo

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  19. This is beautiful,Nigel. Helen would have loved your tribute.♥

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  20. So sorry to hear about Helen Nigel. This flower is stunning, and you are definitely a painter! I think this is the start of something xx

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  21. A beautiful tribute Nigel, I'm so sorry for your & your daughters loss. I agree with comments above, you are a painter & should recognise yourself as such :) much love & thoughts to you x

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  22. Really? You are not a painter? That Freesia is lovely. I was a florist for a time and I do know my freesia. I hope that the loss of your wife and friend has lessened a bit over the last few months. I can say that when I lost someone that close to me it took many months but good memories of that person slowly replaced the more recent sadness.

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  23. Nigel, thank you for the lovely comment on my blog...
    when are you coming back? Have you been painting? I'm sure it's been such an adjustment for you and the family. These things take time. i do hope you're still making art and that it's giving your heart a voice to help with the healing. Take good care of yourself Nigel. And come back soon. We miss you. xoxo

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