Summer has come to a close. The 1st of March for me not only marks a new season but also my fathers birthday.
Dad had passed last May. So as the year has rolled on there’s been plenty of firsts. This marked his first birthday without being here.
I remember the one thing that really brought the tears was that he was unable to experience the joy of life. Doing what he loved, farming, using his saw mill and just generally being outside. He really did embrace life to the fullest and in the way he saw the most fulfilling. He saw no other way.
Watching him loose his strength to cancer was frustrating not just for him but for us to watch. It broke my heart. Most of what he loved doing was outside and physical.
Remembering these feelings I did shed a tear. This day came right in the middle of a week where I felt tired and a little low on energy. I’d say my pregnancy probably had a lot to do with it but not all.
Part of being quite a self motivated person I usually look to gratitude to inspire me. Since dad’s passing, knowing I have the ability to do what I love, has been such a moving force behind my creativity.
As a friend beautifully put it’s a cause for celebration. No, he’s not here to continue but without him I wouldn’t be here and I wouldn’t have received all the wonderful gifts he’s given me. Especially my creative spark.
“Celebration” was born from the energy my gratitude had given me this week. Honouring dad’s birthday and the gifts he has given me.
Please take a look at the gallery photos above to see how this artwork looks in a variety of backgrounds. “Celebration” would look amazing placed in a modern room in both a neutral palette or complementing colours.
This artwork has been created on a custom made stretched canvas. You can find out all about the details of my originals here.