A Painting for Alys

Something extraordinary happened. I’ve been searching all day for just the right words. My talented friend, Pauline, an artist and blogger living in New Zealand put her heart and soul into this piece . The mixed-media painting is currently traveling from New Zealand to California, a gift from dear Pauline. Did I mention that is was extraordinary? I’m counting the days till I can see it up close. I already know the love and care she poured into this piece.

In Pauline’s words: “I thought and then I stopped thinking and finally – finally, I made this with my hands and my heart, for Alys.”
Here is Pauline’s original post about the painting and the process. With thanks, from the bottom of my heart.

The Contented Crafter

October was a make it or break it month for me creatively.  I was way behind with so many projects – even my garden remained semi planted as I spent time doing things other than what I really wanted to do.

I started a painting way back in April.  At the time it was to be the first in a series of ‘Soul Portraits’, gifts for friends featuring my take on the preciousness of them, their lives, their gifts, their creativity.  Of course, I bit off more than I could chew and my first feeble attempts were unsatisfactory and I happily left the work sitting for days – then weeks – while I prevari wondered about what to do next…….

What happened next pretty much brought life as I knew it to a complete standstill – if you read my blog regularly you know what it was.  Next I adopted a…

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16 thoughts on “A Painting for Alys

  1. Ohmygoodness, what an extraordinary and special gift! And it is gorgeous! How meaningful it surely is to you, containing precious elements dear to your heart. I know it will inhabit a place of honor in your home.


    • Thank you for commenting! It’s nice to see you hear.

      It’s extraordinary, isn’t it? I’ve been walking around the house, thinking about the perfect spot, but will have to wait till it arrives. I’m so excited to see it up close. Incorporating my dad’s stamps the way she did is brilliant. I wish he could see it.


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  3. I read this on Pauline’s blog and wondered about her procrastination. Then I realized that when you are making something for someone that you really care about, you want it perfect. That perfection can really slow a person down. You can see from the piece that she put so much into it. It couldn’t be replicated for anyone else. The energy literally pops of the piece.


    • Agreed, Marlene. That’s where the perfectionism comes into play. I’ve been there myself. I think all of us creative folks have. In some ways it’s what drives us to be better and better, but it can also hinder progress. It’s a balancing act.


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