Friday, March 27, 2015

Dear Departed Drawings ~ Alice 02

Still getting the basic lines and rudimentary shading on the paper.  The grid helps me keep everything proportional and will disappear as the drawing progresses.

I met Vayda through Etsy Teams, Deadhead Art Alliance Team specifically.  This past Christmas I was a part of the teams Secret Santa Christmas exchange.  My husband had gotten mixed up and not gotten me anything for Christmas!  A few days prior to Christmas he informed me of this tragedy and I posted in my Etsy Team Facebook page with a plea to anyone that had items ready for shipping I would look through their shops and make purchases for myself so I had something to open for Christmas.  Jodi Sunflower came through with an amazing handmade pottery mug for me and sent a patch.  Chelly Beanies had pretty headbands, sent me an extra headband and a cute necklace!  I am so blessed by my Etsy teammates.  Then my Secret Santa gift came.  Wow.

Hippi Heaven, Vayda, was my Secret Santa and sent me a beautiful, handmade skirt, crocheted hand and wrist warmers with matching headband and a crocheted three in one dreadie hat - tube, cowl or hat AND a cute little handmade ornament!!  So that is how I met Vayda.  We became friends online and then I start seeing pictures over the last month of her dog.  I get the feeling her dog is dying.  I feel very sad.  Then she posts a picture a few days later of her and Alice with the words,

"This is REALLY hard ... And I have been and am truly struggling with this ... Sadly I am loosing a big piece of my heart and my best friend Alice. Unfortunately she has lymphoma and is going down hill quick. 3 wks ago all of her lymph nodes swelled up and she drastically lost weight. I had high hopes that treating her with antibiotics would heal her. And yes swelling went down but not like it should and Then sadly last week she lost her eye sight within 3 days. And as each day goes by her symptoms are progressing. So now my focus has been lots of love and spending as much time with her so she knows I am here and am and will always be loving her.   Honestly this is one of the hardest losses I have ever been thru.  So if I seem distant, down, flaky, not my normal shining self you now know why..."

I felt so much overwhelming sadness upon seeing this post and picture - at the same time, I knew I would draw Alice.  I wasn't entirely sure how I would fit her into the plan.  Then Alice passed on sixteen days later - the day I decided I would draw Alice for Vayda.  Day One of Alice.  After Vayda finds out about my drawing she private messages me,

"You know that skirt I gave you. Well it has a story and is connected to Alice.  That skirt originally started out as a dress I made for myself.  That skirt is the bottom half of the dress I wore when I found Alice in Montana at a garage sale while visiting my husband's grandparents."

I am always blown away by the connections.  I was virtually speechless.  Alice will be drawn nightly and Lucia by day.  And so it is. 


  1. Oh what a sad but sweet story! It is so hard to lose our fur babies. It is so cool that you can draw them like you do. Your work is so amazing. You have a real gift.

    1. Thank you! Helping to heal hearts one at a time.


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