Tuesday, August 4, 2015

An Empty Space


A good friend of mine lost her dad last week. He made it to the age of 90 - and was counting the days that he made it 90+. My friend would always tell me the latest story about her dad. He had a wonderful sense of humor. He will be missed but he left behind so many wonderful memories. This tile is dedicated to him.

The diva challenge had asked us to incorporate negative space into this weeks project. So when I thought about my friend's dad, the empty heart fit the theme perfectly. I used a renaissance tile along with black and brown Microns and then shaded with black pencil, brown colored pencil, and white chalk for highlights.

23 comments:

  1. The tile is beautiful as is the heartfelt story behind it.

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  2. Your tile is so beautiful and I feel the love when you made it. I love the colours and the space with the heart in the middle. Wonderful work.

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  3. Your tile is really beautyful and I think your friend's dad would love it too. The colours and the shading is perfect.

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  4. That's lovely, Sue. I'm missing my mom right now. Thursday is the first birthday that we won't have her here. She would have been 88. I think the day will be especially hard on Dad. Maybe I'll draw him something special that day, too.

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  5. Your story brought a tear to my eye, the heart is such a good thought. Beautiful Renaissance tile drawn with such love,

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  6. What a beautiful tile and a sweet story to accompany it. Lovely!

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  7. Sue, this is such a touching post. It made me think about my dad who also lived to be 90 and who died in Dec. '13. I thought a lot at the time about the empty space he left, and this is incorporated in my tribute to him which you can read here:
    http://shoshiplatypus.blogspot.co.uk/2013/12/the-hare-with-amber-eyes-dads-treasures.html
    if you can bear to read it all - it's quite long! It is interesting that there is also a "Zen" aspect to this too, associated with the amazing work of the ceramicist Edmund de Waal.

    By the way, I do love your Zentangle piece! It's beautiful. I have not yet had any success working in this colour on a coloured background, and perhaps I should give it another try. I recently acquired some "sanguine" pens to go with my sepia ones. A great combination.

    Shoshi

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  8. Beautiful tribute. It's easy to see you put a lot of time and thought into this piece. It's lovely. Sarah.

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  9. What a beautiful way to express this!

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  10. I am so thrilled that you took the trouble to visit my blog and read my post about my dad - thank you so much for doing so! I am glad you enjoyed the post. Yours really touched me because we were obviously thinking along the same lines. As I am sure you will have gleaned from what I wrote, I miss my dad so much, and can't believe it's 18 months since he died. He was such a profound influence on my life.

    Shoshi

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  11. Beautiful shared story, and the tile fits the story very well. I can understand that the heart is to there to vision the empty space someone you love is creating, yet is this heart not empty at all. It is filled with love although you don't see it, like you will always carry your beloved ones in your heart and have the feeling they are with you, although you can't see them.

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  12. Oh, this is very special! thank you for sharing it with us!

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  13. What a nice tribute to your friend's Dad. It is a beautiful tile with great highlights.

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  14. Awww, what a sweet little empty heart...yet it glows. Very pretty tile, and a touching story with it.

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  15. What a beautiful sentiment and an absolutely gorgeous tile.

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  16. What a wonderful and heart-rending tribute! It´s a gorgeous tile!

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  17. Such a beautiful tile for a very special reason. The sympathy with which you made it shines right through.

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  18. This is a gorgeous piece! The heart is stunning!

    I love the renaissance tile; it makes it look so elegant.

    I also like the white chalk for adding highlight...just beautiful!

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