Last month we lost my niece Grace Blossom to cancer. It’s been a very difficult month for my family and everybody whose lives Gracie touched. It’s difficult for anybody who has lost a family member to pop it aside and move quickly, to get up each day and with vigor and embrace other things in your life when feeling a pain that sometimes can make other things seem insignificant. For me making a pillow sit just right on a bed or setting another table for a shot seems harder to do somehow right now, to be honest even writing a post on my blog has been difficult.
However the worst thing you can do is wallow and I know Gracie would not have wanted that, even at 3 years of age, She was an old soul. As a creative person, so much inspiration can be drawn from children, that hope and joy that kids can express gets a little less shiny as we get older but the key as we all really know is not to loose this, As an artist this is also important. I realize not all I do for work is exactly art and at times being playful and having a sense of joy is not seen as appropriate in a commercial world, but the thing that keeps me keeping on is remembering as a child how everything seemed so new and sometimes I can express this in my life and in my work.
In messages to Gracie, My other nieces, nephews and neighborhood friends expressed so beautifully in color and words how they felt about her, these can be seen here on this post. My sister Kristy drew a beautiful blossom to remember Gracie by. These were all in her favorite colors.
My heart is with my sister Bec, Damo, Ruby and Luca who are all missing Gracie so much right now. May she continue to inspire us with her courage and light.