When Mom passed away on January 9 our world stopped. It's been five weeks already, yet it's been only five weeks. Perception of time has a way of getting all twisted; it seems like her passing was so long ago, yet the memories and even the scent of her are still so fresh. The suddenness of it, the urgency of trying to revive her with CPR, and the finality of the EMTs picking up their gear tears at my heart every minute. The sorrow and depression has been so deep I haven't been able to put my mind to work on anything else. There's much to do but so little energy. Knowing my mom, she would be diving head first into her favorite activities or redecorating the house. I'm not much like Mom that way, though I have begun the huge tasks of going through her craft room and photos --- we are alike that way.
I know Mom would be disappointed if I didn't get busy with the cards again. She always expressed how proud she was of my creativity and talents. So, getting back to my passions seems the right thing to do.... and more joyful than cleaning or packing away her clothes (I just can't do that yet.)
Last summer I started combining my Copic coloring with photography when I created a sketch from a photo then colored that sketch with Copics. Mom was so enthusiastic about this and she came up with a new name for this project.... OMG! It's Me! because when the subjects looked at these portraits on their cards, their first response was "Oh my gosh, it's me!" The last one I did before Mom passed was her favorite. It is a portrait of a dear friend, Harold, hidden behind a Santa face.
Using my Cricut I created the beard and hat, then did some tricky positioning to make sure Harold's eyes and nose were partially revealed.
Harold's daughter, Ginger, is also our friend and I wanted to see how quickly they would recognize the man behind the beard. Neither of them knew I was making this for them for Christmas. They, and all the friends around us, instantly recognized Harold in the card..... Whew!
Inside the card was this matted frame-ready portrait. (I really need to stop taking photos with artificial light!)
The photo I used was taken by a mutual friend on Harold's 90th birthday last year. What a good looking man!
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So, Mom, this post is for you. I am going to get busy again. Every portrait and every card will have a piece of you in them because my talent came from you!