Reaching for the Tulips

This has been a long couple of months away from my art. My husband's uncle passed away, my daughter was in the hospital, and my younger sister died suddenly.  I dropped everything, and spent my time helping to pick up the pieces and reassemble our lives as best we could. My sister's funeral has not yet been held, but I'm at a point where I can start to pick up a brush again from time to time. I've also done some sketches over the past couple of months that I'll be posting as I get computer time.

My sister Liz loved cats. This Royal Doulton sculpture was one that I inherited from her. I set it up in a still life with some tulips given to me by my friend Patricia, and some luscious pears. The painting is mostly watercolor, with some gouache, metallic Gelly Roll pen, and dark gray brush pen. It was done in card format on a folded piece of Stillman & Birn Zeta paper --- a fabulous 180 pound paper with a smooth surface.

Many thanks to all my friends and viewers who have sent your condolences, thoughts, and good wishes our way. You are all very much appreciated.


  1. Jamie - I am so sorry that life has been so hard for you lately. My thoughts are with you all. You were definitely missed.

    I am glad you are finally able to pick up a brush again...sometimes it is a great way to get your feelings out. This is really lovely! It is nice that the setup incorporates things form your sister and a friend. The combination of materials really works! All the best!

  2. I'm so sorry, Jamie. I hope you'll find comfort through your art and many memories.

  3. Joan and Tina, thanks so much for your thoughts and comments. It feels really good to paint again, even if it's still sporadic!

  4. My sincerest condolences on the loss of your sister, I hope you find comfort in good memories.