Tuesday, August 21, 2012

My Mother's Hands

 From My Mother's Sketchbook, Pencil on paper.     Florence "Flossie" McRae

It's been a long time since I've posted. Caring for my Mom as she declined and then dealing with her death absorbed every bit of me for quite a while. She died peacefully. I was with her and I will always be grateful to have had that precious time with her. She was an artist, a watercolor painter of big splashy flowers, birds, and sky reflecting in the sea that she lived beside. 

 My Mothers Hands, Watercolor on paper, 2012.      Peggy Sue McRae

Before she died I photographed her hands. Her long fingers shaped by age, a brilliant manicure and sparkling diamond wedding ring spoke to me of her life, the many tasks those hands engaged in with brilliance and flair. I painted this watercolor from the photographs. 

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