Arizona Sketches

We flew from cold and dark Alaska to sunny Arizona earlier this month. I sketched in the sun every day. A friend I met on Facebook, Stacy Egan, invited me to join her sketching group in Tucson. What an enjoyable and friendly group! We met at the train station and roasted in the sun to sketch this cool, old train.

Tucson Train

I realized as I photographed these following images that there is a thread here. They are all passages: a door, a window, a gate. Last weekend my mother went through a passage from life to death. She had been at the doorway for so long, slipping away from us in bits as Alzheimer’s slowly took her from us. I believe with all my heart that she is with God now and that she was so very glad to go from here to be¬†with Him. From this life to eternity. ¬†During this Thanksgiving week, I am thankful for having had a wonderful mother.

Tucson Red Door web Tucson Blue Window Brick Doorway web

Esperanza Villa web

10 thoughts on “Arizona Sketches

  1. Suzie,
    May the Lord comfort your heart. I see how he is already helping you process this through your art. Thank you for sharing that. A flight attendant once commented to me how she hated to see people saying good-bye but she loved to see their reunions. Arrivals are so much better than departures. But, both are needed. I am anticipating the arrival.

  2. So sorry for your loss Suzie…My Mom is fighting the same battle…So glad you are enjoying the warmth of the earth right now…Love your paintings :)

  3. Very sorry to hear of your loss, Suzie. I too lost my Mom after a long battle with Parkinson’s and although expected at some point, it is never easy. Hope that your art will help with the grieving and healing process.

  4. Thanks for stopping by, Laura. Losing a parent is hard, but most people seem to go through it at some point. I’m sorry you lost your mom as well. Life is surely a gift.

  5. So sorry to hear of your loss, Suzie. I didn’t know you were dealing with that, how difficult. My husband is losing his mother currently in such a way, with dementia. With her, though, there is grace in that she is experiencing a lot less emotional stress and depression. We were visiting her this last weekend in Flagstaff. She appreciates a beautiful sunny blue sky again and again, as if each moment is anew. Grudges are forgotten and simple in-the-moment pleasures can now be appreciated.

    It is interesting to see the theme of your sketches here, all beautiful in how you capture Arizona light and shadow. You could have included that first days’s sketch we did together, where we were attracted to the violet trim around that downtown building’s windows. It was a great pleasure to meet you and sketch with you, I hope we have opportunities to do it again in the future!

  6. Thank you so much, Stacy. Yes, there is definitely a golden period where there is a sense of wonder and the humor is amazing. Every day is new! I appreciate you comments so much.

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