From time to time on facebook I’ll run across a post with a quote that says in essence,”Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle” or some variation thereof. I thought of that quote as I created this work for my facebook friend Mary Bierce-Ferrari. We’ve never met, Mary and I, but I know that she has a wonderful grandson and she loves spending time with him and is so proud of him. And I knew she’s had some struggles, none of which I was fully knowledgeable of and truly, I wouldn’t share those struggles here even if I had the knowledge.
When this idea for the art project came up, she didn’t know what to expect, I suppose no one did, really. But she asked me what I would create and if I could create “a child walking with his grandma and a angel over them”. I said that I would.
Over the course of the 21 other drawings, Mary has been a staunch cheerleader of the project and looking forward to her own turn. I took a long time today deciding the view, the angle and what medium to use.
I decided water color. Up until now that is one medium I had not used. I will color in the street lights with a yellow crayon to create a glow, but I wanted the water color look.
I decided to have situation in the artwork take place in Coe Park. Something about that made sense. I knew she had the Torrington connection but some people might like a Coe Park depiction, some might not. Instinctively I knew she would want Coe Park as the place to walk and I chose it.
I penciled the artwork in and then began an inking process.
I decided to have the female angel somewhat hidden among the trees and give a multicolored texture to it. I didn’t want the depiction of the angel to be so overt as to be the focal point of the work, I wanted the angel to blend in with the tree. I still wanted the focal point to be the grandmother and the grandson walking together.
When I had finished the work, I sent via message over to Mary; she said there were tears of happiness. Coe Park was their favorite place to walk and she knows her loved one, a guardian angel watches over her. We all have opportunities to connect with one another and we all have the opportunity to make those connections thoughtfully, sincerely and with kindness.