Tuesday, November 3, 2015

My Sister's Art

Yesterday's All Souls Day Requiem Mass was beautiful. Sometimes I wonder how many conversions are brought about simply because of Beauty. I brought a list of our loved ones who've gone before us with me to pray beforehand and wouldn't you know ... it's grown since last year. Sigh. I like to think they're in heaven, but just in case ... we pray for them. Today I am both tired and happy, thinking about my brother and sister and our shared losses.

Since I was in Texas, I got a chance to see some of my sister's old art. She's the talented one in our family, making beautiful clothes for her children, doing really fine work with her hands to decorate her home. We were both given the same training by my mother but my sister took great care with her handiwork. Everything she does looks professional. In contrast, I cut corners, not having the patience. But what a pleasure it is to see good art.

The chess-board is one of her first paintings. My favorite is the painted flowers on the left. The flowers wioth the pink frame are actually cross-stitched. I love what she did with the Crucifix -- painted the five wounds of Christ. She wanted the sense of the bloody Sacrifice without making the Corpus gory. I think it's just perfect. Enjoy!

And as Neil Gaiman says: make good art.





7 comments:

Mirka Breen said...

I like your sister's chess board. So evocative.

"Make good art"--
Trying.

marciastrykowski.com said...

Beautiful! My favorite is the vase of flowers with the apple in front.

Elizabeth said...

Very nice!!! As a Art Major when I was in college I learned that we ALL can do art....there is no real right or wrong and the creative that God put in each of us can come out if we have someone to encourage it in us! You my dear Vijaya may not have patience for visual arts but you have beautiful words which are also a great gift from God that many struggle with!

Barbara Etlin said...

Nice! The composition of the flowers on the pink background reminds me of an early painting of my mother's. She was an artist and she knew composition. :-)

ClaudineGueh@CarryUsOffBooks said...

Wow, Vijaya, your sister IS talented, as are you. Make good art. Tell good stories.

Molly/Cece said...

Hi, Vijaya, lovely.

Vijaya said...

Thank you all for admiring my sister's art and reminding me that writing too, is an art. I love what my friend Faith says on her blog: striving to make her life a work of art too.