Monday, February 16, 2015

Dear Departed Drawings ~ Lucia 03

This is a very unique portrait.  Dear little Lucia departed this world at 38 weeks in her mothers womb. December 21, 2008.  The skin is so delicate and fragile that just hours after departure babies skin starts to soften, peel and turn red.  While I cannot physically breathe life back into baby Lucia, I can omit the discolorations and peeling on her skin so we can all see how stunning and perfect she is.  I will be using photos of her and her new baby brother as a reference.  He is gorgeous and looks just like his big sister Lucia - perfect.  She is simply beautiful.

I met Lucias mother, Angie, almost exactly one year ago - March 8, 2014.  I attended a poetry reading and book signing at Mulberry Art Studios for To Linger on Hot Coals.  I was there for Violet and her mother, Devany who was reading her poetry and one of the authors signing books.  I went by myself, sat alone and immersed myself in the baby loss community while listening to strong women express their emotions.  It took my breath away.  After the readings, four of the poetry contributors gathered to sign books, answer questions and offer support.  I felt really awkward, it was my first time meeting Violets mother and being inside the studio.  While I was busy blending in with my surroundings I kept feeling drawn to Lucias mother, Angie, from the first minute I saw her.  I too was feeling grief and felt very at home with all these grieving families because it was six days after the first anniversary of my dear friend Houds death.  We spoke just a handful of words between us that day. 

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