Wednesday, July 1, 2009

A Gift for my Aunt

Today, I talked with my aunt and found out that she received her birthday present from me, which means that I can now show it to you! And, what's even more important - she loved it!

My aunt (my dad's sister) and I have been really close all our lives, much more like good friends and sisters than aunt and niece. The time spent with her and my uncle growing up (and still now) are among the best memories I have. We cook, we bake, we eat, we talk, we shop a little, we admire each others gardens, we laugh, we giggle, we laugh and then giggle some more...

When I was painting this, I wanted to somehow convey the essence of how I see her. My aunt is a gardener at heart. I think that is her true vocation - she has such a gift with her garden and used to love being in it until a proliferation of deer ticks have made it hard for her to enjoy it (if any of you know of any methods to get rid of ticks in the yard, let me know) - her yard has lots of them. She still gardens a lot, but not without long pants, long sleeves and lots of bug spray.

So, in my painting, I wanted to have flowers and trees and butterflies because I will always associate those with her. I know the young woman looks very pensive, and that's also a side of her - she has a contemplative nature, which is one of the reasons we've always connected so deeply.

I loved painting it and am very happy she loves it, too!

25 comments:

  1. It's beautiful. I love all the colour - just like a garden full of flowers.

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  2. It's lovely - the colors are beautiful! You are so fortunate to have such a special relationship with such a special person. It's a beautiful gift - the painting, and the relationship you share.

    Hugs,
    Angela

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  3. Hey Silke, I love the colours in this painting and the whimsy - lovely painting and your aunty is a very lucky lady to receive this painting for a pressy - cheers val

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  4. oh, i just know that your aunt must be looking for the perfect spot to hang this new treasure in her house! what a wonderful gift....giving of yourself and your incredible talent to make something so special for her! it's beautiful, silke! :)

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  5. silke, this is just gorgeous! the layers of color and textures make it look like a sheer scarf. simply lovely. your aunt is one lucky recipient!

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  6. Silkie, this is such a pretty painting, I love the colors and all the layers you used. How wonderful to have such a special relationship with your aunt.

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  7. Enchanting, Silke! I really can't believe you only just started painting!

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  8. She's so gorgeous Silke! From your description...it looks like you captured the essence of your aunt (sister, friend) perfectly! What a lovely gift straight from the heart!

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  9. Beautiful! I can see why she loves it. It looks like the garden is alive and real, magical ;) Hugs Annika

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  10. These colors and subjects make me so happy! You do everything so beautifully.

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  11. Good Morning, Silke!
    Of course, I'd look a little silly (a big guy like me), but I'd giggle with you! I love to laugh...
    I love this new unveiling, the gift for your Aunt. I love the colors and textures and layers and faint background images. It just makes me feel very good. I also like the pensive look because it gives balance to all of the delight going on around her.
    Now, about the ticks... Ewwww! I don't know about how to rid them, but wearing appropriately covering clothing is definitely a good idea.
    Hmmmm, there's a new thing that you might use to find the answer to your question... something I just heard of recently... I think its called Google. ;)
    Delightful as usual, Silke
    David

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  12. The colors in this piece are so pretty! I think one of the fun things about making art (or crafts) is that we can create something especially for a loved one. It's the perfect way to show we care.

    Your aunt sounds like a special person, someone I'd like to meet.

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  13. This is so lovely. It has a feel to it from another time...
    Your colours are so beautiful and luminous.
    What a lovely gift.

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  14. it's beautiful Silke and very dainty. I enjoy reading about your close and lovely relationship with your aunt. Can you ask a pest control company how to get rid of ticks? Good luck.

    I love your use of colors.

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  15. Silke your painting is gorgeous! Layers and layers of color, texture, it's so rich and still has a light airy quality. Beautiful!

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  16. Honest to God Silke, I tell you! These auspicious moments - my word verifcation for the above comment was unestick.

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  17. Oh Silke! She's beautiful and I love the colors! So rich! I'm sure your aunt will adore this for years to come!
    ♥Darla

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  18. What a sweet gift! I especially love the butterfly on her chest and her serene expression.

    How sad about the ticks--I hope she finds a way to overcome them. I'm a terrible gardener, so I always admire anyone who has "the touch." :)

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  19. Silke, its so lovely! You don't even know!

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  20. I love it! The colors are wonderful!

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  21. Hi Silke, I love it!, I specially love the butterfly on her breast, and the colors!
    kisses.

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  22. This is just beautiful! Wow! Of course she loved it...those butterflies are just so perfectly placed ; ) xx

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  23. Silke dear,thanks for birthdaygreeting

    I so understand your aunt loves this painting,it is so full of adventure,beautifull colors and a great story, I love it too.
    Hugs ~Dorthe

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  24. wow - I am loving all the painting that you are getting done - you are truly morphing into you inner artist painter
    love the new banner and photo as well

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