I started my art journal page with a collage of ephemera from the holiday season of 2015. The inspiration for this page was the Color Me Positive prompt “gratitude”. I very much enjoy the holiday season. Not only is it a time when I get time off of work (grateful for work holiday), I take extra time (grateful for work vacation … generally, grateful for work situation), I am able to spend time with family (grateful that my mother is still alive, grateful for the time that I had with relatives that are no longer alive, grateful for time with my siblings which I don’t see much during the year, grateful for the time with my husband, kids, and dogs), I am able to indulge myself and my family (grateful to be able to do this), and I have lots of good memories of holidays past. The background reflects those thing.
I chose to paint over the background with red and white acrylic paint. I’m not sure what I was expecting, but I got PINK. I didn’t want pink, so I went over it with red again. It was still pink. I added some blue. It’s okay, not my favorite, but enough fussing. It was time to move on.
My mother-in-law, Florence, was the most grateful person that I have ever known. She spent her last days in a skilled nursing facility, which is never fabulous, but she was always grateful and appreciative of what she had. I know that made the people around her react to her in a more positive manner than they reacted to my father, who was despairing, and my grandmother, who was pissed off. I hope that I am able to meet end of life with the grace that Florence had. I painted a watercolor of what I imagine Florence looking like as a young woman.
I added a copy of my favorite picture of my mother-in-law to the right hand side of my spread. She’s holding my son, and his expression says, “I love you, Granny” to me. In the watercolor of her, she is holding my son. I don’t care that that violates the actual timeline.
A closeup of the watercolor.