daily painting | gorgeousness from holly

watercolor of flowers by emily weil

Aahhh… October. Such a beautiful month. Autumn is a lovely time of year and I will get to enjoy it up in the eastern Sierras in a few weeks for a vacation of napping and hiking and painting and reading and exploring. So grateful.

A very generous friend gifted me with another bouquet from her stunning garden; worked on this yesterday. I may do another painting today of same.

Today is the 6-week mark of my brother’s death. Tiny little glimmers of sunlight are poking through, encouraging me that grief is a process, and I won’t always feel skinless and inside out. Boy am I grateful his journey is done. No more broken hip or Parkinson’s or brain cancer or unhappy marriage. I feel him with me sometimes, loving me and comforting me and encouraging me that I’m not alone. Thank you, Jamey.

I’m agog at life’s winding roads. Surprising twists and turns and storms and fog and sunshine and healing and hope and loss and love… well, I could go on (well, I already do). I could never have imagined this path with my brother — that we loved each other so much, that we helped heal each other of childhood wounds. That multitudes of loved ones and friends showed up to love and comfort him. It was stunning. I will always be filled with gratitude I got to be part of his life and his death. It was a privilege.

12″ x 9″ ink, watercolor, acrylic on paper = $140