Sunday, May 13, 2012

Mother's Day

(This was originally posted in 2009, I'm re-posting it today in honor of Mother's Day. Hope yours was an especially happy one).


My Mom was born in 1919 and died in 2004. Despite the fact that she was 85, I was shocked when she passed away. I guess we tend to think our parents will always be on the planet with us. It doesn't occur to us that the day will come when they'll be gone. When my Mom died I brought some of her things back with me from Florida and over the weeks that followed, I painted her things every night in my basement studio. My Mom never had much and always wore cheap-o moccasins. I think she really liked those shoes and might have worn them even if she had other choices. Here is a painting of her shoes that I brought home with me and painted in July of 2004...likely with tears in my eyes. Happy Mothers Day in Heaven, Mom.

(Top Photo) Painting: Mom's moccasins, oil on 8x10 gessoed paper

18 comments:

Neellie said...

Quel bel et touchant hommage à votre mère.
Peindre les objets qui lui ont appartenu est une manière de perpétuer sa mémoire.

Jane said...

How touching. When my mother died in 2009 I painted her portrait. I suppose painting things that belonged to our mothers is a way of feeling her presence again.

Sadami said...

Hi, Celeste,
Oh, it touches me. I'm sure your mom heared your say.
Kind regards, Sadami

Michael Lindstrom said...

Great post to go along with that great painting Celeste. Love the sentiment. I have some trinkets of my mothers that have made their way into still lifes also, which is a great way to honor our mother's. My "D" day was in 1991. Thanks for sharing.

martinealison said...

Je suis certaine ma chère Céleste que vote maman est fière de vous... Cette peinture est très joli symbole et hommage. Une peinture faite avec des larmes et des émotions... une peintre d'amour.
Une peinture que je ne pourrai jamais peindre puisque je ne peux pas dire que j'ai eu une "mère".
Je souhaite en retard une joyeuse fête des mères à toutes les mamans du monde. En France nous célébrerons cet évènement le 3 juin prochain.
Gros bisous à vous et bonne semaine.

John Simlett said...

What a wonderful post. Didn't your mother have such kind eyes?

Losing your mother is a life shattering experience, it took me ages to learn to live with it.

CrimsonLeaves said...

Sigh...I so know what you mean, Celeste. My mom was born in 1941 and is still with us but I worry over her so much. She is pretty frail and unhealthy, so tired, and still living a life of worry over her kids. She had a heart attack on March 11th which surprised us all and shook us deeply. And oddly enough, she loves this kind of moccasin.

Your mom is so pretty too.

Dan Kent said...

There are no words..

Libby Fife said...

Awww!!! What a sweet post. We do think they will be with us forever I guess.

Hope your Sunday went well:)

Nora MacPhail said...

Beautiful simple painting Celeste! It's really lovely.

L.W.Roth, said...

Lovely post. Beautiful mom--I think you look like her. The painting shows your love.

Linda Popple said...

I love that you painted her things. Painting is a way to work through many life changes. This is a lovely tribute to your mother.

Dean H. said...

I love the painting and your sentiments, Celeste.
Mothers remain a guiding light.

hw (hallie) farber said...

It's wonderful that you painted your mom's personal fashion statement, and that you cared enough to notice.

Carolyn Rondthaler said...

Love it, Celeste, and it reminds me of my mother. That is always nice. When my mother was told she had 6 months to live, she bought some "golden slippers" and asked to be buried in them so she could dance into heaven with golden slippers. She actually only live 6 weeks. I think I need to paint those....thanks for the inspiration.

Lisa Graham Art said...

This is a very touching post about your mom. My mother was diagnosed with severe heart disease in the middle of march...I have daily thought about how it might be if we lose her.

I love the painting of your mom's shoes...I can only imagine how perfect her shoes might be now..her heavenly shoes.

Celeste Bergin said...

Martine wrote:

e'm sure that my dear Heavenly vote Mom is proud of you ... This painting is very nice tribute and symbol. A painting made ​​with tears and emotions ... a painter of love.
A painting that I could never paint because I can not say I had a "mother".
I wish a happy late Mother's Day to all mothers of the world. In France we will celebrate this event on June 3rd.
Big hugs to you and good week.

Celeste Bergin said...

Thanks Neelie, Jane, Sadami, Michael, Martine, John, Sherry, Dan, Libby, Nora, LW, Linda, Dean, Hallie, Carolyn and Lisa...I appreciate your comments very much! :) ❤❤❤