Saturday, December 21, 2019

Jen flying.

It was very sad news to hear. 

I learned a former coworker named Chris (who retired about two years ago) lost her daughter last month. 

Her daughter was a quadriplegic from a car accident many years ago and has had health issues ever since. We were told her daughter (Jen) had some recent complications and she passed away suddenly. She was only a year older than me. 

Chris would often tell me that Jen had a passion for art, showing me paintings her daughter created with the help of adaptive devices. 

My university coworkers and I gave Chris a condolence card as a group but it felt impersonal to me.

Sending something handmade seemed more fitting. In the weeks that followed, I created this card for her. 

 "Jen flying"
Watercolors, gouahce, and ink on watercolor paper
4" x 5 1/4" (NFS)

I wanted the butterfly to have a glowing effect. To give the impression of something deeper happening. Hopefully that came across in the finished piece. 

I wasn’t sure if seeing this would make Chris sad or make her smile or both. 

Losing someone around the holidays is never easy. Thanksgiving and Christmas just aren’t the same, no matter how many years may pass. 

Hopefully the card will bring some comfort to Chris during this time and be a reminder that now she has someone watching over her. 

Time to fly, Jen.


naturgesetz said...

It's beautiful, and I'm sure Chris will be very grateful to have sucha personal expression of codolences from you.

stanw said...


You surely did achieve the glowing effect in your painting.

A thoughtful idea and one which I'm sure will touch Chris' heart.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you my friend.


Dean Grey said...


Chris sent me a thank you card after receiving it and said she has the painting framed atop her refrigerator so she'll always see it.



Merry (belated) Christmas and Happy New Year to you too, Stan!


Thanks to both of you gentlemen for stopping by!


SoulForce1 said...

That was such a touching thing to do for Chris. I'm sure she will treasure it always. I love your compassion and empathy. Such great qualities to have. Combined with your artistic flair, you have a unique and beautiful talent that will bring much joy to those around you.

Dean Grey said...


That's sweet of you to say. Thank you for commenting here!