Monday, August 18, 2008

Jessica.... The "J" Painting

In October it will be three years since my beautiful and amazing niece was killed in a car wreck. She was one week shy of turning 14 and all I can say is that the world lost a shinning star that day. She had a way of lighting up the room when she walked in. My sister'in'law Tina, asked me to paint a painting titles "J" to hang in the room all of Jessica's furniture is now in. This was the hardest piece I have ever painted. I had Parker and Anaïs add a touch of color on it so it came from all of us. Parker, Anaïs, and I picked out the colors together. Each color has a specific meaning.

I am delivering this to Tina right before Labor Day. She has not scene it yet, all she asked of me was to use J's favorite

I had many tears while painting this. I added the lines with the antique bed springs from my Dad's bed. I had to walk away after I did that. It was simply to much to handle for me. I miss them both very much.

I am so honored that Tina trusted me with this very important piece. I only hope that I have lived up to Tina's idea of what she would want for Jessica.


Patricia Hecker said...

This is magic.
So are you!
This is is the beauty of art!


Spillar said...

Pat....Thanks for your kinds words


bernthis said...

Thanks so much for that touching piece. I'm dealing with an ongoing situation that sometimes makes me want to scream and then I read your piece and I remember all the good I have in my life.

thanks and I'm so so sorry to hear about your niece.

Spillar said...

My theory in life is that even on the worst days of your life you can find something that was good during that day.

Almost every night at our dinner table we go around and say our good thing for the day and then we clank glasses (the kids love that part). On the day Jessica died, I asked what the good thing were. My husband looked at me like I had lost my mind but I stood my ground and made everyone say something. Albeit it was things like the sky was blue today and I liked petting my dog. My point is that if we look hard enough even on the worst day of our life there is something good. Some days we just have to look a little harder.

I wish you well in your situation and all I can add is at the end of the day think of one good thing that day.


Sharon Spillar