Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Watching over us


This is the first painting you see when you enter my living room. It is a print of Monet's The Artist's Family In The Garden. After looking through countless prints online, this one spoke to me personally during a rough time in my life. My Dad had died a few months before after a difficult bout with cancer. Missing my Dad, I felt drawn to the spirit of this painting. To me, I imagine how the artist/father watches his family with love as he paints this beautiful picture. He is off to the distance, but still participating in his family's joy surrounded by all the beauty of the garden. I like how he painted those points of light shining through the trees and dancing in the grass. That light makes me think of little gifts of Heaven adding to the richness of this moment of peace and happiness in a family's life.

When I stop to look at this painting, my heart aches a little less because it reminds me how my Dad is still here watching me play with my kids in the yard. It comforts me to believe that his spirit still watches over me with a father's love. I can easily see his smile when I imagine how pleased he would be watching my kids grow and play. I keep these thoughts close to my heart.

26 comments:

Joanne said...

It's wonderful how art transcends the years and reaches our hearts like this. What peace you must find in this painting.

Lois Lane II said...

Wow, what a great illustration. So true. Thank you for sharing. =)

CDB said...

This is such a lovely post. I'm sorry you lost your Dad, but what a wonderful way to keep his memory close by. I love Monet, and this one in particular. My mother has Monet prints all over the house; I find them very soothing.

T Rex Mom said...

Watching from a distance with love - I like that. So true. The perfect illustration for your feelings.

Pegsy said...

What a beautiul painting and beautiful words! You are blessed to have such sweet memories of your Dad.

Sarah Sofia Ganborg said...

I love Monet as well!
greetinmgs from Scandinavia, Sarah sofia

2nd Cup of Coffee said...

Wow, that is really touching. I always think of this post when I see that painting again. Thanks for sharing.

Mari said...

What a beautiful post. I lost my mom almost 6 years ago so this really speaks to me. I'll never see this painting in the same way again!

Kelly said...

what a beautiful painting and perspective!

Dani said...

What a lovely post- Thank you so much for sharing this beautiful painting and writing. :)

Rowena said...

That's a beautiful painting. Now that I'm painting again after years of not, I am coming to realize how hard it is to do masterpieces like that. A master indeed.

The divine in the daily.

H.K. said...

What a great tribute to your dad! It's wonderful that you can look at a beautiful painting and have that remind you of him.

Juliet Colors said...

That's so sweet. What a lovely interpretation of this painting.

The Write Girl said...

Beautiful painting Septembermom. You share such wonderful sentiments and memories of your father. It is amazing what love and comfort paintings can convey.

Cindy La Ferle said...

This painting does evoke the sense of an oasis, with someone looking on, lovingly. I lost my dad when I was 38 and my son was in kindergarten. I still miss him -- so this post spoke straight to my heart!

Michelle said...

Oh that is so beautiful. It's so helpful for you, I'm sure, to have a visual reminder of your father every time you see this painting. Your description of what this painting means to you gives me just ... warm fuzzies.

shabby girl said...

Love your picture! Also a very poignant post. I love hearing such loving memories! He must have been a wonderful person!

numberonesistah said...

I love Monet, he's definitely one of my favorite artists.

Thanks for stopping by my blog and the comment.

G said...

Beautiful painting.

Does seem to put one at ease.

lisaschaos said...

I see all of that too. Such a peaceful view full of love and I imagine laughter. :)

judith ellis said...

Beautiful memories and present comfort.

Jenners said...

This is such a lovely post!

Jenners said...

I see that I read this before ... before it meant more to me than it did at the time. It is still a lovely post but now I shall seek the same type of comfort for my own home now that my dad is watching me from afar. Thank you for reminding me of this post, Kelly. It means a lot to me.

Diane said...

Thinking of you and knowing that he would smile at the beautiful woman you've become and the wonderful family you have. Hugs!

Janna Qualman said...

It's beautiful, Kelly, and I'm so glad you have this piece to give you that warmth.

Hugs to you, friend. I'm sorry we have this loss in common.

sylviamorice said...

This is a beautiful tribute to your father--he would be very proud of you. It's nice that the painting gives you a measure of peace--that is so important.
Thank you for sharing.