Transition, memory, dreams, death, art

Leaving Dry Land, Transition

Our mother Mickey Brown passed away on June 11, 2021. She was 95. Her transition took from May 23 – June 11. 19 days. On June 6th I sensed that she was struggling. My feeling sensation was that she was trying to swim in heavy waves, swimming toward the light. I saw the light as the sun going down, all but obscured by the horizon of the ocean. Above it a perfect black sky.

I painted her a path of light through the waves, a safe route to be received into that perfect dark sky. The green line along the horizon is iridescent, a permeable line between our world and the next. I had one canvas in my new studio and my acrylics. No brushes so I purchased some craft brushes for $.89. It is amazing what is possible when the desire is great enough.

Leaving Dry Land, Transition was completed on June 6. Mickey mom passed on June 11. Good work Mom, what a swim.

5 thoughts on “Leaving Dry Land, Transition”

  1. I love the image of swimming between worlds, and your art really says that to me. Beautiful! Thank you for this!

  2. I truly believe we stand as witness and helpers to those who are making the transition into the next life. For those of us who stay in this existence, and love boundlessly those that have transitioned, we can only love greater because of the spaces they have left in our hearts. An evocative painting!

  3. Cheryl,
    This is a beautiful tribute to your mother. I am so sorry for your loss. She was in your life for very long time. Hopefully, your wonderful memories of your mother will bring you some comfort.

  4. Cheryl, this is most beautiful, and feels so accurate. All I could think of the last few weeks was your father waiting on the other side, and how happy your mom would be when they were together again in the same world.

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