Thursday, May 08, 2008

Grief Paintings

I've finally had some time in the studio to paint my emotions and work thru some of the feelings I've had surrounding my dad's passing. Working thru my emotions and pain has been very helpful. I have finished 3 out of the 4 grief paintings that I plan to paint. I doubt these will ever be for sale, but I wanted to share them. Dealing with my dad's death has been the hardest thing I've ever gone thru. I still wake up every morning and think for a minute that it must have been a bad dream. Then I'll realize that it's very real. Tomorrow it will be one month since he left us and life is finally getting back to the regular routine. Normal is different now. I can't even remember the last time I've gone this long without talking to him on the phone or seeing him in person. Even though he lived 4 hours away from us, we almost always saw him on a monthly, if not more frequent, basis. I still miss him like crazy! There may end up being more than 4 of these, but for now, here they are;

Denial, 8 inch square oil on canvas

Pain, Sadness, Grief, 8 inch square oil on canvas

Anger, Heartache, 8 inch square oil on canvas


cynthia said...

I think these painting are a great idea. I've always thought of art as being very therapeutic.

Sus said...

Lovely work gal, esp. like the 2nd one down.

Sitting here at the 'puter w/ my iTunes library playing and on comes Peter Gabriel's "I Grieve." I think of you and wondered if you are familiar with the song. If not I highly recommend listening to it...I can send you the file if you don't have it.

Paula Manning-Lewis said...

Thanks Cynthia and Sus,
Yes, I love that song! I used to have it somewhere, think it was on the City of Angels soundtrack. I need to find it again. Been awhile since I've listened to it.

Mary said...

Paula, these are very expressive and I believe it is one of the best ways to deal with the passing of a loved one. Someone told me when my dad passed away, "the pain never really goes away, you just get used to living with it".

JafaBrit's Art said...

Paula, I am so sorry about your lost. I hope the painting helps ease you through the pain.