Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Water Theme at Three Muses

When I saw the theme for this week, I knew serendipity was at work. My mom sent me an envelope of journals and pictures that I discovered were the journals my dad kept while he was in the Navy. He wrote love poem after love poem to her. He also wrote about his days on board ship and how he longed to be home with her. His writing is so fine and light that I'm having a hard time reading it, but am managing. In the envelope was a small leather picture holder with their wedding photo (part of this piece), a head shot of my mom and a lock of her hair. The holder is in bad shape, too. I can only put the journals in an archival bag and hope that prevents further deterioration. So, when I found these pictures in the envelope, I decided to do a small piece to hang on the wall (going to use Red Lead's French Laundry hanger). I'd been working on it when the theme of water was announced last week at 3 Muses.

I scanned this photo of my dad and used watercolors to enhance it a bit, especially the water. Thanks for looking, I appreciate it!

31 comments:

Ozstuff said...

Oh Lynn, what a beautiful story. Your writing is wonderful. As for your picture, it is exquisite. Your Dad cuts a jaunty figure in his white cap and you have given him the most beautiful backdrop. This will be a great addition to your family album for future generations to see.

Lori Saul said...

A lovely story and a very meaningful entry. How great to read the old letters and gain insight to your parents early years. Thanks for sharing this personal history and beautiful photo-art!

indybev said...

Hurrah for serendipity! Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful story, and the photo of your Dad. How special that you have his love letters. You should make a transcript to keep with them, in case they fade more with age, so that those in years to come can enjoy them as well.

"MOI" Freubel said...

What a unique story that you share with us Lynn ! And what a treasure to cherish ! This piece is for me a realy WINNER !
(Yes i know it's a challenge BUT if it was a contest !!
I vote for you.
This is so special !!

Alberta said...

Your dad sounds amazing. This only proves what I've told my students so many time,"REAL men write poetry!" I think your dad woudl be very proud of you.

Trisha said...

How lucky of you to have such wonderful pieces of your parent's history. :) I love your artwork. It is beautiful!

Judy said...

What a lovely story & now a collage to treasure, Lynn, very special piece!

Faye said...

Wow, Lynn, what a treasure you have in that journal! You've made a great piece here.

Sandy said...

Oh wow this is stunning.
Fantastic wter piece. Love them.

Gayle Page-Robak said...

Very beautiful,Lynn!

Yvonne said...

I love hearing your stories as much as I enjoy your art!

Hermine said...

Its gorgeous

johanna said...

nice to read your story... the piece is wonderful!!

WrightStuff said...

So romantic and would a wonderful way to treasure memories. My sister transcribed my grandmother's diaries so we could all have a copy. It's a wonderful keepsake.

Femmy said...

wonderful card!! love it!

Willy said...

Beautiful piece, Lynn. Thanks for sharing your story.

Taluula said...

Oh Lynifyni what a wonderful story to accompany your lovely and emotive picture and how brilliant to have something you can hang on your wall too. This is nothing less than a pure delight.

Silvia said...

Wonderful collage.

Diane said...

I love this post, and the art--wonderful!!

Rhonda said...

What a treasure! This is so lovely, thanks for the story, I hope you can decipher the poem. Cheers!

Sandie R said...

What a terrific piece of art full of wonderful memories. It is always so nice when memories like that are saved and passed along.

Martina2801 said...

Stunning piece! Beautifully created.

José said...

A beautiful and personal piece. Well done!

Effie said...

That's lovely!

vintage wil said...

Really beautiful!!

Priscilla said...

What a wonderful story, I love that kind of stuff as I am such a romantic softy..LOL I have so many pictures of these type from my family and you have inspired me to dig them out. I see great things happening. Thank you so much for sharing your talent :)
Priscilla

Ellen said...

a love story , so glad it all survived , you made a real treasure with it all.

Debby said...

Hi Lynn, love your water challenge collage and such a nice story. This is my first time to play this challenge and the art work is awesome.
Debby

Kelly said...

beautiful card!

Janny said...

Great post, gorgeous piece!

Barbara Hagerty said...

Beautiful! Thank you for sharing your personal story!