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life – lost

July 28th, 2010 at 0:00

life is a subject that stirs all kinds of emotions within me, mostly happy feelings and excitement about being alive and appreciating for all that I am and that I can do but at times I also feel fear and sadness. I believe that’s quite normal especially when I start browsing other people’s musing and art related to this month’s theme.

Life is so close to death or better life’s presence and existence is magnified when we experience death in our own lives.

I lost my only child two years ago. His death is one of the main reasons why I find myself right here, today, painting, gardening, writing, blogging and ultimately living the life I live today. The loss of a life has shaped my life profoundly and the art that has emerged in the last year has him entwined, he is the golden shimmer in my paintings, the secret thread in my crafting, the words between the lines in my writing, the magic spark in my photos.

He died but he is also still with me, in me. And what he has brought into my life is expressed in what I do now. He is a life lost from this world in body but not in presence.

Here is to you, my dear little boy, Fionn. I celebrate your short life and thank you for what you bring to me. I love you and will continue to love you every day for the rest of my life.

Fionn – driftwood

12 Responses to “life – lost”

  1. Amy Says:

    Oh…. Ines…. this is lovely. So soft. So full of love and tenderness. Beautiful.

    And your description of Fionn in your life is just right too. He is the golden shimmer in your paintings. I love that! I know just what you mean and feel the same of Liam.

    Missing our boys so much.

    (((((hugs)))))

  2. nancy t. Says:

    This is so tender and sweet. And I love that you did it on driftwood. nancy

  3. Skytimes Says:

    OH WOW… this is beautiful! What a lovely tribute to sweet Fionn…. Love it.

  4. Barbara Says:

    That was lovely. Thank you for sharing such inspirational thoughts.

  5. stephanie-deliberately creative Says:

    Love, joy, experience, feeling, pain, growth, creating, Life. You have covered it all so eloquently. Peace to you.

  6. Sandy Coleman Says:

    I am so sorry about the loss of your child. I can’t even imagine. I admire the fact that you have been able to create such wonderful things and to find comfort in your creations that keep his spirit alive.

  7. melissa Says:

    Thank you for sharing this. I can only attempt to express how my heart goes out to you. You are an amazing example of fortitude and strength.

  8. Kelly Says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss. Your driftwood piece is a lovely reminder.

  9. Bev Says:

    What a loving, lovely tribute to yourson.What a powerful, moving post, especially for anyone who has lost someone close.
    Take care.

  10. Janice Says:

    Your driftwood image is beautiful, Ines, and your tribute to Fionn is very touching. I can’t even begin to imagine the pain of the loss of a child, but I know that Fionn is still very much a part of who you are and what you do.

  11. Kat Says:

    Coming to you from CED. What a beautiful post about life and loss, and your driftwood art is simple and powerful. I’m so sorry for the loss of your son.

  12. Karen Says:

    Sorry for your loss… your artwork is beautiful and reflects the beauty of your son.

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