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My grandmother is an artist.

Over the years, her oil paintings have adorned many walls. They were beautiful landscapes of colour and detail, shadows of mountains, life flowing in streams, and love delicately expressed onto canvass. I remember the smell of the paint, the blended hues she experimented with on her palette, her unfinished piece draped in cloth as it waited for more magic from her hands.

Ten years ago, at the age of 86, she painted what she thought was her last painting. Her eye sight was failing fast. Four years later, 90 years old and almost legally blind, she picked up the paint brush once more attempting a few final creations, including these two paintings for me and my husband.  She said she was not sure if she could paint again, but she hoped that we liked them.  What they may lack in her usual detail, they make up in visualization, strength and determination.

There are no words to explain how much they mean to me, so I won’t even try.

My grandmother is an artist.

She was also a dedicated wife to a Lutheran minister, devoted to her church and helping others, a most creative and resourceful person, and wonderful cook.

Today she is still a loving mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She lies quietly in a nursing home, unable to see or walk, and barely able to hear. In her mind, I believe she is still painting…memories of bright faces in the sunshine, places of long ago and visions of the light that waits patiently for her. I believe that someday she will paint with the angels.

My grandmother is an artist.


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20 responses »

  1. A loving tribute to a valiant, talented lady.

  2. Lovely post! I’m sure that one day she will indeed paint with the angels.

  3. DenisesRamblings

    Those are beautiful! Thank you for s haring. *sigh* *smile*

  4. She is a courageous woman. Thanks for sharing.

  5. I am so glad I found your blog…so wonderful she was able to paint for you…as I have seen with my own ‘heaven is real” experience…she is painting now…and you will meet with her vibrant self again one day…she has a very powerful spirit around you….Heart to Heart Robyn

  6. what a talented lady. Thank you for sharing.

  7. Your grandmother has created for you more than just a painting – she’s given you a canvas full of color, love and inspiration – once an artist, always an artist! 🙂

  8. What a lovely tribute 🙂

  9. I love this… beautiful tribute. ❤

  10. Wonderful gifts of love.


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