Wednesday, December 21, 2011

and they sparkled...ppf

So...here is a little story to go with my latest art..

.My sister asked my mum last week if she had a nice memory of when she was little. My mum didn't have her dad in her life but she used to visit his mum...her grandma...she had a house and in the backyard her grandma had a sand pit...my mum would visit her grandma and go and play in the sandpit ...mostly building sandcastles ...this one particular day mum was feeling a little bit dissatisfied with her castle...so she popped off into her grandmas house and went straight to her jewelry drawer..and as luck would have it there was a wonderful pile of pretty coloured beads..of which mum grabbed a handful of...she raced out to her castle and began placing the beads around her castle to decorate it...i have never heard this story about mum and feel so blessed to have heard this little snapshot of her life....my mum had a pretty tough childhood so for me,  and now all ny sisters this story is a  wonderful image to have...My mummy has alzheimers..she has had it for 6 years...she us now currently going through tests to find out what else is wrong with her...after receiving a not so good bloodtest result...we are all hoping everything will be ok...

here is my piece for my sister for christmas...we do a secret santa for the adults and i pulled her name out of the hat...I know she won't see this, but just in case i can't show you the present i bought her...it's gorgeous....and this little art will go with it...

it says on it..

and they sparkled like a rainbow of diamonds...i love arting, yes, it's childlike, but you know what, i think this is my style...at last...i can't seem to do anything else....i got so much joy from doing this piece for my sister...



Until next time
lots of it
mandy
xxx

28 comments:

missy k said...

Mandy I adore this piece, I love this 'new found' particular style of yours.

Sometimes I struggle with making stuff.... wondering what the point of it is. This piece has a point - and I love it and the sweet story that goes with it.

Best wishes to your mumx

Love Karenx

Netty said...

Wonderful post and canvas Mandy.
Wishing you and your family a very Happy Christmas and a Joyful New Year, xx

Beadwright said...

This is a great post and art. I have also enjoyed visiting your blog.
Nicole/Beadwright

Daniele Valois said...

Mandy, THis is sooooo sweet, and sooooo cute, and you are sooooo wonderful! I really love the colors, the sparkle, all of it.

You know, I feel my stuff is really child-like, but I am realizing that I need to paint like this. My childhood was not so childlike and I feel I need to paint this way, and for now, I have no inclination to change it.

I adore this, and what a great gift for your sister!

Love Daniele

BlackPumpkin said...

your sister will be very happy with it! :)
My aunt has Alzheimer, but she seems to be in a cheer mood all the time.
I've never had many talks with my mother, she's always been very tough, and until now never told us almost anything about her childhood or life. I know a lot about my father, though, because he's a great storyteller. and I love stories! :)
Happy holidays! I hope your mom is going to be well.

NatashaMay said...

Wonderful painting and a special story behind it. :) Happy Holidays! :)

La Abela said...

A pretty story as pretty as your work. Saludos

WrightStuff said...

Art is what makes you happy and you can see the joy in this. What a great piece to illustrate your Mum's story.

toadinaboat.com said...

Your sister will love it. My dad has Alzheimers, too. We have to carry their memories for them, when they can't do it themselves anymore. This is a beautiful way to do that.

rajns (carolyn) said...

I looked at your art before I read the post and it just felt happy. After reading your post I understood the significance of that sandcastle. I recently heard some stories about my mom that I had never heard before and that was the best Christmas gift. Hope you have a wonderful holiday with your family!

hastingshall2 said...

Oh Mandy, what a gorgeous piece of art for your sister! I loved your post today. How lovely to have a fun memory of your mother's childhood playtime. Faye

scrapwordsmom said...

I have very child like art as well...and that's okay!!! It's what makes me happy...so what if not everyone gets it.

I know your sis will love this piece, Mandy. How thoughtful!!!!

Merry Christmas!!!

Kristin said...

Mandy! I am tearing up & have goosebumps! At the same time! Wow, what a special story and backstory. I LOVE the image you conjure and your canvas is just beautiful. This is so special - please let us know of her reaction if you can - I know she will love having a visual representation of this memory too!
Please give my love to the babies - and here's to hoping we can find matching pajamas for them on Christmas eve!
xoxoxo

Gloria said...

A very nice story and wonderful art for your sis. Nice going. Thanks for sharing and Happy Holidays!

peggy gatto said...

Just so charming and full of love!!!

EVA said...

What a great gift to accompany a wonderful memory. I bet your Mom will like it too.

I hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas!

Christine said...

Your sister is sure to love this, it's beautiful! Happy Holidays!

Geckostone said...

Oh this makes me smile big time, I LOVE it! Deb

Gloria said...

A beautiful memory piece for you and your sister. We have to paint who we are not who we think we should be. Keep up the good art.

FLO said...

Merry Christmas to you and your family!!!

SHERI C said...

Thank you for sharing the story and the art that was inspired by it. Wishing you a Happy PPF and wonderful 2012.
Sheri Cook/Happy Horse Studio

Joanna said...

Oh Mandy, what a heartfelt piece! It truly is lovely, & how I'm sure your sister adores it :)

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year to you & your family!!

xoxo

Kristin said...

Hello Sweet Mandy!
Happy New Year to you and YOUR beautiful family!
Looking forward to more with you in 2012! (I rhymed ;)
xoxoxo

Marelize said...

Hi Mandy! I'm sorry I haven't been visiting your blog for a while. :( Life gets so busy around December.
The story of your mum as a child is so precious and your canvas is beautiful!
I hope 2012 will be a wonderful year for you and your family. xx

E Makes Art said...

I love this piece Mandy, and the story behind it! How special! And you're style is perfect, especially if you enjoy it! I hope all is well and I wish you a very happy, HEALTHY, art-filled year!!

xoE

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Joanna said...

Just stopping in to say hi! & thank you for the kind words on my blog...your fabulous compliments always make my heart smile :D

Have an amazing weekend Mandy!

xoxo

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