How perfectly fitting that this week's Illustration Friday topic is "homage", as today is the birthday of someone terribly dear to me and this little drawing was created as exactly that, an homage to my dear friend Mary.
When I got the news last year that Mary had moved on, I immediately sat down and drew this...it was all I could do at the time. I drew fast and focused...happy memories rushing and swirling around in my brain, my heart, and onto the little piece of paper.
Her little pink trailer home near Seattle. I always secretly fantasized that it was the very one in which Elvis' nurse-girlfriend lived in It Happened at the World's Fair.
That garden. Wow, the garden.
"Hey kiddo you need to come over this week I have more bulbs for you to plant in that front bed..." (and she always made sure there were plenty of extra plants, bulbs, or seeds for me to bring home for my own garden...she was just that way).
And her crazy "gargoyle" (yes I realize he's really a dragon)...more on him later (yes there are stories). For several years he has resided in a shady corner of my yard...every single time I walk through my living room he catches my eye as he peeks through the window, and makes me smile...that horrible little beloved beastie.
Funny, I didn't notice this until just now...the resemblance these guys have to this little buddy of mine.
Mary was a muse, a sensei, an extra mother, a best friend. She taught me the kinds of lessons I didn't realize I was learning until much, much later.
She opened my eyes to things I didn't know, and reminded me things I already knew but was too stubborn to realize on my own.
She gave me many gifts I appreciated immediately, and some gifts I didn't realize how much I loved until just recently.
And...oh man, if I could only write like Mary, you would never log off this blog, you would be absolutely glued to the monitor waiting for the next post...
What homage could possibly befit such an amazing soul? All I could do was draw a picture.
Her beautiful daughter-in-law and wonderful son were kind enough to share some pictures with me which I treasure. This one is the real-life shot of the funny little pink trailer, her heavenly-scented roses in full-bloom and an overwhelmingly bushy and prolific bed of strawberries at the foot of the stairs...and of course my little friend greeting (or scaring away) anyone who approached. And the Quite-Contrary one herself, long before I knew her (but this girl knew her then).
Anyway, Happy Birthday Mary...wherever you are, I'm sure it's a great party and you've got everyone absolutely in stitches...