My Dad Loved Colorado. He taught me that taking the time to experience all that is has to offer is well worth the effort. He of all people, knew that the greatest adventures are waiting in your own backyard but as he grew older he realized that his backyard was the entire world. For 20 years, my folks called Hawaii home and I was so fortunate to be able to appreciate all of the little things that make it special. I dedicated this video to my Father on his 80th Birthday so he could see and feel what he could no longer do as the grip of Parkinson’s disease progressed. I hope you take this five minute holiday..who knows, it may make your backyard bigger as well.
“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
Mom, Dad, Tammy (taking pic) and Myself at the Denver Art Museum several weeks ago
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