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Sunday, July 13, 2014

Imagine (Sunday Sketches)

Simple sketch today due to another busy week around here. The original was of course by the master, Picasso. Not a huge fan of all of his works but I think his simple line drawings and paintings are quite beautiful. The song Imagine, by John Lennon has been playing in my head all week (though I'm yet to actually go to YouTube and put it on) The song makes me think of this dove drawing or at least a similar one.

We've had a sad week here. This past Tuesday we found out that even with the radiation and 3 rounds of chemo, my Father-in-law's tumours have grown. Now he has basically given up and I'm not even sure he'll last to the end of the month let alone the end of summer. Also on Tuesday, my Mom got a call from the home where her partner has lived for the last 5 years (he suffers from dementia) and was told that he wasn't doing well. We went there to see him and knew we were going to lose him, which we did on Tuesday evening. Though he's been in a home for quite some time, this was still a shock because for the most part, he had always seemed healthy.

His funeral was yesterday and I didn't bring my kids. Such a hard choice. They hadn't seen him in years because he didn't remember them, but for some reason my youngest had memories of being with him. He took it quite hard when I told them, but then by the next day he had bounced back, with just a question or two, here and there. I think the idea of death was what affected him most (not that he didn't care about this person or my Mom's feelings). So my children, who have never lost anyone in their lives, will inevitably be experiencing a lot of loss in a short time this summer. My kids are very close to my father-in-law and I'm so worried about them (well mostly my youngest) stressing that everyone is leaving them.

Anyway, all of this is probably the reason Imagine and the dove have been playing around in my head. Didn't mean to do a full unload but honestly spending a little time drawing something to share for Sunday Sketches has probably been the most relaxed I've felt in days, even if it was for less than 10 minutes.



  1. I'm so sorry to hear about your mother's partner's passing and your father-in-law's latest diagnosis. Your interpretation of Picasso's peace dove is lovely, so I can see how it brought you some refuge in the midst of everything that is going on in your life at this moment. Peace to you and your family.

  2. very peaceful, beautiful dove. Sorry to hear all your sad news, but life is like that and feel free to unload, blogs are therapy are they not? As is our art!

  3. Dove is exquisite and makes sense that you would sketch 'peace' as much as death is part of life it is never easy to deal with when loved ones are sick or dying ~ Lots of distant healing reiki hugs to you and your family ~ xoxo

    artmusedog and carol (A Creative Harbor)

  4. I am so sorry for your mother's loss and your father-in-law's turn in health. That is hard and even more so when it all happens back to back.

    Beautiful line drawing and way to gain some equilibrium.

  5. Kim! I love your dove, sweet and simple. I was in a similar situation with my FIL. He has a blood cancer...he tried to give up in the hospital but God had other plans and he bounced back. We were so sure he would pass we were almost planning the funeral. My boys and I were really rocked by the whole event. I still haven't gotten over it...for some reason I'm struggling. Anyway, I'm sorry to hear about your Mom's friend and all you are going through. Hugs!!

  6. I love your dove, so peaceful and beautiful. I'm so sorry to hear about the loss in your life. It sounds like you are handling it so well with your children's best interests at heart. I hope your father-in-law's condition improves.

  7. Simple yet beautiful sketch, Kim. So glad you shared with us again. :) xx

  8. simple elegant concise..really like


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