Visual Artist, Helen DeRamus, shares photographs and drawings that inspire paintings
Thursday, May 03, 2012
A Fragile Life
Interesting work going on now. I'm catching up on details, finishing a painting for the Hambidge auction and finishing a three dimensional piece to continue the series "A Fragile Life". When my aunt died at Thanksgiving last year, she left me a number of books. Some were very old, she was 91 years old when she died. I didn't know what to do with them at first. Most titles were not ones that I would read or re-read but I couldn't part with some that friends had given her as a teenager. They were inscribed with the givers names and were important for that reason. Many were books of poetry; she like to write poetry. I realized that her love of poetry spanned a lifetime. So what to do? Not that hard to figure out really, I decided to preserve them with encaustic and the title for the series was born from her last years. I'm learning as I go. Although she had been full of wonderful energy for most of her life, her last years were difficult. Still to the end she stayed engaged in any way possible and I celebrate her.