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The Enduring Glow Of A Beautiful Life

 

"The Enduring Glow Of A Beautiful Life"   10"x 20" Acrylic on Canvas

“The Enduring Glow Of A Beautiful Life”
10″x 20″ Acrylic on Canvas

Monday evening, as I drove home I witnessed the most incredible sunset.  A glowing orange and yellow sky over the latent silhouette of the front range.  Too much traffic and visual obstruction to pull over and take a photo, I captured the image in my mind instead.  I had just left my folks at the Denver Hospice Care Center at Lowry where my Dad would undergo a procedure the next morning that would make him more comfortable as he suffered from the later stages of Parkinson’s Disease.  Before I said goodnight to my Father for the last time, we talked about how beautiful the facility was and I told him that Robin Williams had passed away (he loved Robin Williams).  One of the night nurses graciously brought them a tuna fish sandwich to share even though they had “checked in” too late for dinner and after I left I understand that Dad ate most of it.
Oh how much it hurts to loose someone you Love so much.  The grief might even cause a person to jump out of bed, start and finish a painting as the sun rises, which is exactly what I did this morning.  I am compelled to paint my Father’s setting sun and this small sketch will be used for a piece that is 20 times larger.   I want this memory to be larger than life.

Me with my mind's image

Me with my mind’s image

Mom, Dad, Tammy (taking pic) and Myself at the Denver Art Museum several weeks ago

Mom, Dad, Tammy (taking pic) and Myself at the Denver Art Museum several weeks ago

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My Wonderful Father

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A Sunday Visit to the Denver Museum of History and Science (8/3/14)

My lengthy hiatus from this effort (my blogs) is attributed significantly to the long, long path that I was able to walk alongside my Father and Mother while in the Autumn of Dad’s life. For seven years, they had to endure difficult circumstances, one after another, all somehow related to the harm that Parkinson’s Disease can inflict. Yesterday Afternoon, Dad crossed over from this life to the next. It was the first completely cloudless day in Denver in as long as I can remember and he left this world so peacefully, so quickly that I am profoundly moved. For so long, I have wanted to write and be read; I have wanted to share the experiences that I have had in my own personal walk as an Artist and as a Son. Yet for so long, these experiences belonged in my heart and not on published pages.

My Father’s passing comes like the opening of a flood gate. I am ready to share once again and I hope to somehow kindle a flame of inspiration if even in just one person.

Even on his death bed, it would not have shocked me if my Father had awakened from his final sleep to recite word for word the following quote by William Shakespeare. “Cowards die many deaths, The Valiant never taste of death but once. Of all the wonders that I yet have heard, it seems to me most strange that men should fear; Seeing that death, a necessary end, will come when it will come.” Seriously, the man had a knack for reciting poetry and singing funny songs at the most inappropriate times. This time, he did not awaken from his slumber but his words are still with me.

Before I close this post, I want to share a few thoughts about Denver Hospice. Yesterday morning, before I understood that it would be Dad’s final sunrise, I wrote the following words. Mom and Dad finally found their way back to the “Hilton”. The Denver Hospice Inpatient Care Center at Lowry Field is a living masterpiece. Oddly, the kind of place that makes you want to live. As my Dad would say, it is a “castle on the hillside”. In some ways you might think that such a place would be cruel and unusual punishment for those who find themselves at the exit door of life. Not So, I say! The architectural marvel is more than matched by the compassion, dignity and understanding that permeates from its walls. The halls echo in celebration of all that is good in Mankind. For me personally, this place is an inspiration. The Exhibition of artwork on display is incredible. Much care was given to select original works that might trigger a warm memory; that might remind one how precious life is. And then the admirable culture that dwells in the care center goes completely over the top. So different than what you will find in a hospital, where the goal is physical healing and profit. Denver Hospice defines success much differently, to create comfort for the body and the spirit. Perhaps the ultimate goal of Hospice is to mirror what we hope for on the other side of death. These are the things that have touched me profoundly, that have nudged the trajectory of my life in the most beautiful way.

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One of the Beautiful Paintings at the Denver Hospice Care Center at Lowry

 

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Inspired Wood Art By Annie Enke

We are fortunate to live in the midst of one of Colorado’s richest art colonies, giving us the opportunity to be inspired by some incredibly creative people.  We recently completed a profile video for gifted woodworking artist Annie Enke and hope that you will take a minute and a half to be inspired as well.  Her work absolutely defines originality.   Also, visit  Annie’s website at http://www.AnnieEnke.com and see her work in person at the La Veta Fine Art Gallery.

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Welcome Home, Painter’s Sky

“Spring is Nature’s Way of Saying Let’s Party” ~ Robin Williams

Goemmer's Butte Near La Veta

It seems like I am constantly writing about the weather.  It’s not that I intend to bore whatever audience we have out there and it’s not that there is nothing exciting going on here at Vision-Finder Productions.  The weather quite simply is the most noteworthy breaking news here in Southern Colorado.  Have you ever seen something so beautiful that you just can’t look at it long enough or hard enough and for a fleeting moment crying seems to be an appropriate response?  Well that’s why I’m hung up on the weather lately, because it is drop dead gorgeous.  This week we welcomed the arrival of those billowing cloud formations, the return of the painter’s sky.

We are currently working on a couple of big video projects, both due in June that have everything to do with the beauty of this region of Colorado.  So we find ourselves out and about, capturing photographs and video takes on a daily basis.  We don’t go anywhere quickly, it seems as though we are compelled to stop just about every time we round a corner.  Being busy has slowed down our Local Tourist Colorado Video Series a bit, but rest assured we’ll be out finding more adventures to share real soon.  Until then, make sure you have checked out the video’s that have been completed.  I recently added a tab at the top of the web page to make them easier to find.  We also plan on sharing some of our current photographs once or twice a week in the interim, so keep on coming back.

As always, keep in mind that The Greatest Adventures Are Waiting In Your Own Backyard!

Spring is bustin' loose

Spring is bustin' loose

North Lake at the foot of the Sangre De Cristo Mountains

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Local Tourist Colorado – San Luis, The Artist And Stations Of The Cross

Well, the snow is melting quickly and the Local Tourist Colorado film crew (both of us :)) took to the road on Easter Sunday and did this amazing piece on one of Southern Colorado’s Hidden Treasures.  Too many people drive right through San Luis without stopping to check out the historic town or stroll through the inspiring Stations of the Cross.  We highly recommend that you put this one on your bucket list, make it a day trip or even change your route between Denver and Santa Fe, you’ll be glad you did.  If you are as lucky as we were, you might even get to meet the incredible Sculptor and Artist, Huberto Maestas.  Don’t forget, The Greatest Adventures Are Waiting In Your Own Backyard!

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You can read more about our Huberto Maestas at the Taos Artist Guide and more about our experience in San Luis at ArtSpiritVillage.com

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