Friday, March 4, 2011

Looking for Noni


Ever since returning from the watercolor seminar with Soon Y. Warren, I have harbored dreams of painting a likeness of a photo Amanda had sent me of Little Man.  I cannot begin to express the emotion this little photo could elicit from my heart of hearts.  I would look at it with tears streaming down my face... with sobs welling from deep inside.  It just touched me... in a way that few images do in a person's lifetime.  I would desperately want to scoop him up.  I have kept it where I could see it throughout my days.


I drew it a few days ago and today I started painting... It can still move me to tears.  I call it, Looking for Noni.  Now, I do realize that's not what he was doing... but, it is my own hope... for what he might do.  None of the photos are without the glare of glass because my friend, Patrice, matted and framed it before I could start tearing it apart with criticisms and the need to change it. I am most grateful.  But, the best part of all...


... is that it is already hung right beside my bed.  =)  This is by far my favorite project to date... just because I adore the subject so.  I texted Amanda a photo of the painting in progress... she said she would like one... I said the price was very, very high.  Something she might not be able to pay.  The price was Texas.  She said it was a price she would love to pay.  We both smiled.

 ...we both know she could have anything I have to offer.

27 comments:

From the Kitchen said...

What can I say other than "precious"!

Best,
Bonnie

podso said...

Oh, oh, oh! And of course he's looking for you! So beautiful, Tanna--your heart spills out through the painting. Perfect hanging spot so you can look at it as you fall to sleep and wake again.

Thanks for your most gracious comments on five. Have a great weekend!

dotsie

Amanda said...

Yea for Patrice knowing you so well that she got that painting matted and framed before you could pick it apart. Now, that makes me smile for sure! I bet you hung that picture up right around the time Alex picked up our home phone today, put it to his ear and said, "Noni. Pop Pop." He was indeed looking for his Noni. I keep telling him you're coming to see him soon. He gets so excited! Me, too! Love you!

nanny said...

Oh Noni, truly a touching photo and your sketch needed NO changes!

I love the bedside photos....sweet dreams after looking at these little ones. I have an image that brought emotions from deep inside too! I treasure it. I am finally able to look at it without crying (if I don't look too long)

Susan said...

Tanna...you are tearing at my heart,. To be a grandmother....there is no other reward in the world like it. I absolutely love your painting. Enjoy and hold the tears......

Betsy said...

It's perfect. Just perfect! :)

Stacey said...

Absolutely Beautiful!

Lauri said...

I can see why it's your favorite project to date, and I admit it's my favorite project of yours to date, too!! Wow, so beautiful! You are so talented, and your love for your subject truly shows. Congrats on a truly special addition to your collection of masterpieces!

Julie Harward said...

It is wonderful...I love it! Sounds to me like you love him like I love mine ;D

Solar Powered said...

ok, now I'm crying...

Debbie said...

How can something so painful be so wonderful? Oh,yea.....it's our kids! Is that a faint glimpse into the heart of God?
Your picture and your heart are beautiful. Thanks for sharing it with others who understand. I'm so thankful that he has a Noni and PopPop that love him so much and obviously good parents!
Deb

Deb said...

oh Tanna....that touched my heart...you did such a great job...

Christine said...

If I loved up LOVE in the dictionary, this painting and your words would be there!
This post radiates Love!

Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe said...

Precious!

Artist Terri Smith said...

Dearest Tanna..You Have Stolen My Heart With This One! Priceless! "Looking For Noni" Said Everything! I'm So Impressed With The Progress You've Made In Watercolor! Do You Realize How Exceptional Your Talent Is? You've Channeled So Much Love Into Your Work And It Comes Across Instantly To The Viewer! The Best Is Yet To Come Sweet Friend! Hugs Of Love & Georgia Sunshine, Terri

Artist Terri Smith said...

P.S. Just Browsed Your Posting On The Homeowners' Party! What A Beautiful Gathering! Loved The Presentation Idea! And Yes..The Homeowners Certainly Knew They Were Appreciated! It Was Written In The Love Glowing From Their Faces!

Chatty Crone said...

He's looking out towards his future - his life - his forward. You know that he has a lot of life ahead.

You did an awesome job.

(Hugs)
sandie

Mary said...

You did a wonderful job with it. Double hugs and blessings...Mary

Debbie said...

Tanna, may I come and rub your hand or your arm just to see if what you have can transfer? You are amazing! That drawing/watercolor is precious and so touching! Yes, I can just imagine him standing at the window looking for his Noni. Ohhhhh....

Dana said...

You did a great job on that painting. Just beautiful! I sure would love to have Amanda back in TX too!

Catherine said...

Dear Tanna, I understand that for some reason something just tugs at you...it wells up something inside you that is deep and you don't realize is still vulnerable..Well, anyway the picture is priceless and you did a wonderful job..Thank you for the birthday wishes..Have a nice Sunday...Blessings, Catherine xox

Starla said...

This is so wonderful Tanna! you are an extremely talented artist of many mediums! You completely overwhelm me with the beauty of your creations. Beautiful.

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

I think this is a painting every "far away" grandma, Nana, Noni, Nonna,etc, would adore and understand very well, Tana!! It's beautiful!

I'm glad to be back home from Sydney, Australia! It was a quick trip but very loooooong flights to and from.

Katherine said...

You did a great job on the painting. I love that you hung in somewhere so special where you can see it daily. LM has no idea just how much he is loved! He's one lucky little boy!

Jill from Killeny Glen said...

Precious!

One Woman's Thoughts said...

Oh so sweet . . . you had my heart smiling for you.

California Girl said...

Tanna, that is so wistful. You captured a feeling and I feel it as well and I don't even have GKs! Beautifully executed.

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