Painted for Rookie Painter

8x10 oil on canvas

I haven’t painted much in October. One week was spent getting ready to keep our granddaughters, aged 2 and 3, while our daughter and son-in-law took a much deserved vacation. I built a puppet stage, which was a hit, shopped for storybooks and made kid food. The next week the girls kept us on our toes. I had forgotten how much fun things like taking a flashlight into a dark closet or looking for Waldo can be. I had also forgotten how much energy it takes to be a full time mom to toddlers.

Sadly, the end of that week brought news that our son and daughter-in-law lost a second trimester baby, their first child, a cute baby girl. A couple of days of shock were followed by a couple days of cooking casseroles and then a day spent in a puddle of tears. It is hard to see your children in pain. It is also rewarding to see them bravely move forward in life better and stronger than you ever imagined. I have a great family.

Finally realizing October was almost over, I shook myself off, got the paintbrushes out and painted for Rookie Painter and Virtual Paintout in one afternoon. Therapy. After I make a tiny blanket to go into a memory box the plan is to get painting again – hopefully more and better.


SYLVIANE said...

Sad october,all my thoughts are with you, and all new hopes for your daughter and her husband.
Your painting is nice, go on!

SYLVIANE said...

Sorry, I realized I made a mistake, reading again.Get my sympathy for your son and his wife.

Debbie said...

I am very sorry for your loss. Painting is indeed very therapeutic.
I love the watercolor like looseness of your paintings.

Rebecca said...

I'm very sorry for your family's loss. Keep painting! Painting is definitely a way to get some sanity back. I paint while my two boys are at school during the day and I get a few hours of quiet time. Nice interpretation of "Window". Maybe when the weather gets warmer, your family can head to the beach too.