Monday, September 21, 2009

Memories Of Life

This is a mixed media piece 12x15 done on birch panel.
I did a close up of the tree for this is the main part of this piece.. It is done on a acrylic skin.
I did this acrylic skin a few months back and did a transfer of a tree that I had taken a photo of several years ago.. This tree was planted by my Dad before I was born. When I was a child the tree had grown to maturity. Then as I grew. He built a swing for me in this tree.
I spent many hours around this tree.. Hanging out with my Dad. Pushing me on the home made swing. Then we I was bored with the swing.. My Dad and I would sit under this tree and talk. Or my Dad would talk and I would listen..He was the story teller. Regrets in Life, but what does a child know. I should have listened more and remembered more of those stories. I remember the memories. The stories not all can I recall. I most of all remember how much I loved my Dad and how much he loved me.. Good memories..
My Dad left this world and tree was left.. Then one day we sold the home and the land. Someone else clear down every thing.. The house and the tree.. One thing they did not take down and that was the Memory.
I dedicate this piece to my Dad and all the wonderful Memories.
I love you Daddy.
Your daughter,
Katelen

21 comments:

Seth said...

What a wonderful story behind this piece. And what a wonderful piece. Love the colors and that tree is amazing!

CountryDreaming said...

Such a treasure this memory tree holds, with roots that run deep to love of family! This work is full of richly exquisite beauty.

Annie said...

It's a gorgeous piece. I love the fluid handwriting - and the sense that the tree might be a reflection.

Gallery Juana said...

Beautiful dedication in words and art.

Susan Sager Brown said...

I really love this, the colors, the tree, the handwriting, the texture. Very Very Lovely. Do you have room in your yard to replace that dogwood with a weeping willow, or how bout a weeping cherry? Bradford pear with the beautiful white blossoms? oh the choices...xoSusan

Mary said...

Katelen, this is lovely. The colors on this piece are perfect with the tree, and the memories. I feel warmth from the painting and your words.

Blessings!

m. heart said...

Beautiful.

BLUEYEDUCKstudios said...

completely lovely

Karin Bartimole said...

Hi Katelen, This is such a beautiful piece. There is so much richness in the colors and textures; you've captured the balance of life in the strength of the tree, as well as it's fragility, with the delicacy in the feathery branches. Then there is the story behind this beauty - the poignancy and balance of memories and loss; father and daughter; moving through childhood to adult; but mostly it is the story love... I am deeply moved, and grateful for your sharing - a fine memorial to your dad, your childhood, and a very special tree. xox Karin

linnydvine said...

This is a beautiful piece that is full of your loving memories!

Linny D. Vine said...

Katelen, this is a beautiful piece, full of your loving memories.

San said...

How beautiful your mixed media work is! And your sharing the impetus behind it has enriched my experience of it.

Caio Fernandes said...

all the atmosphere of this work is fantastic !! there is so much poetry on this all !!!
i adore the intence "magic" you are able to creat Katelen !!
this loneky tree gives so much promosses to the eye.....
thank you !!!

Manon Doyle said...

I love this piece Katelen. The colors, the writing and the sentiment behind it make it very special.

The Scrybe said...

Oh wow, I really like this piece...

Lisa Sarsfield said...

A real family tree! How cool. This is a wonderful tribute that you've made.

Campbell Jane said...

Just lovely, your work & your words.

Crafty Green Poet said...

gorgeous colours in your paintings here! Lovely story too.

Blue Sky Dreaming said...

You did it...combined loving memories with a beautiful autumn piece. The colors are superb!

Janet said...

Beautiful....both the art and the story about the memories you have of your father.

The Artful Eye said...

Katelen,
This is a wonderful piece and warm tribute to your dad. Memories can't be taken away. I'm glad you have them.