I am using old photos that belong to Tony’s cousin Alison in my new Dina Wakley art journal. Alison has dementia and the photos mean nothing to her, and there is no one to pass them onto. By using them, I honour the memories and build a stronger (internal to me) connection with her, which will help as I take over more of the ‘pastoral care’ as her memory fades.
In December we helped her sell her home and buy a serviced apartment at Jane Winstone Retirement Village. Sadly, she is already unable to stay there due to her deteriorating capacity. Next week she will move into a room the resthome proper so she can be better cared for. Tony and I are working through the process of selling her apartment back to Jane Winstone, and then getting rid of excess furniture etc. It’s a sad process, and one that I have done before, with my own Aunt J.
I know this – tell people you love them, label your photos, write down your stories, do stuff you enjoy when you can. Life is short, and memories are fragile.
This week’s quote is from Dr Wayne Dyer. I have followed his teachings for decades, so was thrilled to see this. He passed away a couple of years ago now, but continues to influence my life. I used Dylusions paints, StencilGirl stencils and Graphik ink pens.
I recently read one of Jodi Ohl’s books so was excited to see she is today’s artist. I said to Tony “this isn’t my kind of art process so I won’t be long” – and then got totally engrossed in working on it!
I like this week’s quote, so used the whole thing – often I only use the key words or phrtase. Supplies: Tim Holtz Distress paints, Dylusions paints, black FudeBall, white Posca, stencils, Simon Says Stamp inkpad.
This week’s quote has been modified slightly as it felt a bit too Christian for me, but that was easily fixed; I like the general idea though. I used a new Paper Artsy stencil, Dylusions paints, white gel pen and Pitt Big Brush marker.
I’ve been doing these each week but not posting. I normally do a coloured background and the text but this week’s deserved a photo because the quote describes Tony and I perfectly (bottom image).
Finally starting to do a little art, so catching up on #ColourMePositive2017
Stencils, acrylic paints, Derwent Artbars, hand made HIM stencil, Gelli print scraps, scrapbooking paper, calligraphy pen, silver pen, paper masks, brayer, rub on lettering. And, yes, I did accidentally stamp HIM with the card the wrong way up!
Stencil Girl Stencil, acrylic paint, fine black pen — and lots of thinking.
I have been doing a little bit of crafting, just testing the waters to see how my wrist copes. In one word: badly! I can’t do much at a time and have to really pace myself but I am grateful to be able to do anything. I have been working in a circle journal using my Gelli Plate, Golden Hi Flow Fluros, Dyan Reaveley stamps (Ranger) and Glossy Accents.