Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Dearly Departed Drawings ~ Kole {day 394}

Today I darkened the crib rails, I think they are the proper tone compared to the spindles.  I worked on the wall hanging and adjusted a few small shadows on Koles face.  Overall I am satisfied with everything but there a few things here and there that bother me enough to keep at it.  Also blending pencil strokes for a smoother look and sharpening outlines here and there.

Today I had the chance to meet the most beautiful baby girl, Addyson.  She was a still birth at 30 weeks this past May - May 28th, 2014.  Just days after my oldest little girls 3rd birthday.   Her mother invited me over for a playdate today, we met at MOPS over a year ago.  Addysons mother is such a strong, patient, loving, kind and generous person.  I was overwhelmed with emotion when she asked me to draw Addyson.  Of course I will draw her beautiful soul, gone from our earth too soon.  As we looked at the photos from Addysons birth day I could see the emotion on everyones faces and feel it in my own heart.  I was also able to view photos of the day they laid her to rest, taken by very talented photographer friends I also met through MOPS (Mother of Preschoolers).  It was a breathtaking way to honor her brief but beautiful life.  As I poured through her photos and soaked up the images, two stood out in my midst.  Brought tears to my eyes.  The grief my friend was wearing and how her oldest daughter was comforting her mother kneeling graveside - caught in a photo.  The second photo was nearly in succession of the first, showing her father and brother standing behind them (my friend did not know until she saw the photo) who were also painted with grief and wiping tears.  While sad, the display of emotion is overwhelming and beautiful at the same time.  I was so thankful she shared all those very private photos with me.  There is something to be said about shared grief, so sad but so beautiful.  I look forward to drawing dear little Addyson in the future for her family. 

(Little Addyson won't be featured here but once she is complete you will be able to sneak a peek on the shop page)

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