Uno Que Falta (One Missing)


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Over the last 18 months, I’ve continued to use art and painting to process the loss of my young son.

This painting is another attempt to convey my feelings.  It’s simple, really. Having three living children does not diminish the loss of my youngest.

Geese often represent providence in Christian art.  Surrounded by these three geese, which represent my living children, I’m forced to face the realization that the same God who gives, also takes away.  Attempting to answer the unanswerable questions that come with tragedies such as this, I’ve often turned my back to faith and held onto sorrow.

Thank you for taking the time to look at my art. ~Scarlett

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“Cat in the Hat”, Assemblage With Kids

Recently inspired by the wonderful work of Scott Rolfe, I gave my young artist the opportunity to create his own assemblage.

It began with a shoe box lid and one of his favorite books: “The Cat in the Hat”.

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I set out lots of stuff for him to work with, along with some white glue and a paintbrush.DSCF3429

 

He began to create his scene from the many discarded  bits and pieces.  He became frustrated trying to make the characters, so he wound up cutting them from the paper copy.
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He used styro-foam and two yellow snaps for eggs and green ham.  :)

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He used many other different parts in his work and it kept him busy for a couple of hours.  The Texas summer heat is keeping us indoors more than usual, so this was an activity that promoted lots of creativity and it didn’t cost a thing.

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Thanks for stopping by my site, please hop over and like my FB page for daily postings, sketches, and works in progress.  ~Scarlett

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“Road Trippin'” at the Georgetown Art Center

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I wasn’t allowed any captures of the newest exhibit at the Georgetown Art Center, but I’m going to tell you about it, anyway.

The new exhibit is called “Road Trippin‘” and is enjoyable to view and family friendly.  My young artists and I enjoyed all of the travel themed art, including altered suitcases that resemble RV’s, large paintings of local landscapes, mixed-media collage, and several unique and edgy edited photographs of highways and byways.

This colorfully collaged lady resting upon the bench was found casually installed on the east side of the downtown square. No information about her was to be seen, but my kids thought she was….interesting.

I also happened to pick up a new art book they were selling in the Center, featuring the imaginative assemblage work of artist, Scott Rolfe.

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The book features Rolfe’s original assemblages illustrating  twelve of Aesop’s Fables.  This book is not only delightful to look through, but my 8 year old son was immediately inspired to begin collecting rusty hinges, doorknobs, metal parts, and all manner of discarded objects, to begin his own assemblage in the garage!  And to my surprise, I opened up to the back cover to find that my very own Uncle Duane, of O Studio Photography, was the art photographer for the issue.  Small world!

Be sure and check out the new exhibit if you have the chance and remember their annual Art Hop competition deadline is fast approaching, August 31st.

Have a great week!

Happy 5th Birthday, Knox

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Knox is celebrating his 5th birthday in Heaven today, and we miss him.

We were priveleged to attend the release of 130 newly hatched Kemp’s Ridley sea turtles early yesterday morning.  A crowd gathered along the Padre Island National Seashore and volunteers stood ready to keep the babies safe from seagulls.

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More volunteers held up netting for extra protection from birds.  They had hatched just a few hours before sunrise in an incubator at the science center and then they were transported to the nesting ground.  As soon as they were set upon the sand, they began to head for the ocean.
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We were told their chances of survival are very slim, so ensuring they make it into the ocean gives them a better chance.  The volunteers stand at the ready until the very last turtle has safely reached the sea. Once they reach the water, they are on their own…
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As we watched the turtles struggle toward the sea, we were reminded how fragile life is.  They reminded me so much of Knox–small and physically vulnerable, but incredibly strong in spirit.

Here’s  a sandcastle for you, Knox.  We wish you could’ve been here with us, to play in the sand and feel the breeze…
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We love you and miss you ~ We wish you a happy birthday and will always celebrate your beautiful life and the priceless time we had with you.

“Short was my life, the longer is my rest,
God takes those soonest whom he loveth best,
Who’s born today, and dies tomorrow,
Loses some hours of joy, but months of sorrow.
Other diseases often come to grieve us,
Death restrikes but once, and that stroke doth relieve us.”

-Anonymous

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