The Art of Sandra Busby...

Painter of Vintage Teddy Bears, Glass and Still-Life.

Sunday, 29 January 2012

Art that warms the heart...

Bear number three is now finished - finally!!

I tried to take a photograph of it so I could post it on my blog but I am having real trouble with colour matching. So, once again, Dad to the rescue! 
He is popping over to take some photo's for me tomorrow and when he's emailed it back to me I will post it, I promise :0)

Meanwhile, I received two parcels a few days ago that I just had to share with you.

The first was Codi's new bed. As you know, our beautiful dog, Codi, passed away unexpectedly on Christmas day and it has taken me some time to come to terms with it - in fact I am not even there yet and I know that by how emotional I feel as I type this post.

Initially I had thought that keeping Codi's ashes close to us indoors might be of some comfort, but looking at the box that her ashes were in, merely served as a reminder of her death. It just felt so 'cold'.

I needed to find Codi something more personal to rest in and during my search I came across this website, Pretty Boxes. I contacted Rachel, who makes beautiful handmade, 'decoupage' personal Journey boxes and asked her if she could make me a box for Codi.
Rachel was so empathetic, having recently lost her own dog and she asked me to send her some images of Codi.

Meanwhile, I had also received the most heartwarming poem from my friend and blogger, Suzanne Berry, called 'Rainbow Bridge'. I was so touched when I received it. I'd never heard it before and it was quite a comfort to me. I thought it might be a nice idea to use the poem as a text background and then put the images over the top, so the poem showed through the spaces.
Rachel agreed that this was a nice idea and not long after, I received the box in the post. Here it is...




... This photo really doesn't do the box justice. It is really special. It is scattered with photographs taken during some of the best times Codi has had during her life and Rachel has finished it with pretty gems in each corner.

The box now sits in the front room by the telly and rather than reminding us of her death, instead it reminds us of her life and we really couldn't ask for more than that...

...But - we did get more. Having cried my heart out when I received the poem - and then cried my heart out again when I received the box, it was emotional meltdown when I received the next parcel!

Not long before, I had been a randomly picked winner of the most beautiful limited edition print 'Timeless Remedy', by Crystal Cook. I felt SO lucky! 

Anyway, soon after, I received the most beautifully wrapped parcel...




And inside...




The real thing, if at all possible, is even better than the photograph, but as if that wasn't enough, along with the print was a card and at the end of the words inside, Crystal wrote, 'I hope you love the print and the other little surprise I sent along with it'.

So, I turned the package over ...
and found this...


Drawing by Crystal Cook


 
(drawn from the Photo I put of Codi on my blog a few posts back)











It must have taken me at least ten minutes to be able to see Crystal's drawing of Codi  properly, because I was so moved by it that I was in floods of tears and literally had to sit down. And I'm honestly not one to cry at the drop of a hat!

Crystal had captured Codi's character so perfectly - far more so than I had ever been able to myself - that I felt momentarily as though Codi had just walked in to the room!

Do you know, I have met the most warm, caring and thoughtful friends through blogging? And I can't begin to explain what it has meant to me. Losing Codi was the hardest thing I've had to deal with in a long time, but these three beautiful things - the box, the poem and the drawing, all of which I will keep forever, have really meant the world :0)

My Dad wrote Charlie a story about his own childhood dog 'Bingo' the day after Codi had passed away. I only managed to bring myself to read it a couple of days ago and as Charlie promised, it really helped. It's amazing how art in it's many forms can be so healing isn't it?

I found that getting on with my own art helped with the healing process and now I have finished the latest bear I am buzzing because I have a great idea for the next bear of the series! It's quite a bit more complex than the one I have just finished but I think it will be really fun to do :0)

So - tomorrow I will begin playing with some new compositions and my Dad will hopefully get a nice photograph of the bear I have just completed so you all finally get to see it :0)

Don't go away!

34 comments:

  1. I have tears in my eyes reading this post. What an amazing gifts! And the box is beautiful!
    Can't wait to see bear nr. 3!

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    1. Thank you Judy. I was so touched!
      Bear no.3 is going through some minor adjustments now! But I hope to finish on Sunday :0)

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  2. What a beautiful resting spot for sweet Codi. I can see how truly special that is. It would make me feel the same way, joy at all the good memories you've had. :)) And dear Sandra, you are so amazing and kind, it is really us who follow you that are the lucky ones. :)))) I'm so happy that you are beginning to heal, even though there is still sadness. I'm so glad that you liked the drawing and the print. Thank you for those lovely words. I'm just so happy it helped, and that we're friends.:))) But I'm going to have to disagree with you about one thing, your drawings captured Codi far better than I did, because you are connected with her soul.

    *hugs*

    Crystal

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    1. We really can't thank yo enough. We still think about Codi every day, so I suppose she is still with us really - Only in a very quiet way. But the drawing is like looking right at her in the flesh. Even better than a photo. We all LOVE it :0)

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  3. beautiful sandra. everything is just beautiful. crystal's drawing of codi brought tears to my eyes! what a wonderful gift. it's moments like this that prove to you that she is right by your side!

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    1. We think about her every day. In my mind she is still with us, even though I can't see her. I still feel very sad when I think about it, but these things all helped more than I can explain :0)

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  4. I'm crying too, Sandra!!! What amazing gifts and tributes!!! I'm so happy for you that you have such wonderful ways to remember Codi!

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    1. Thank you Carrie. I am so lucky to have met such wonderful people through blogging. Everyone's kind words have meant a lot :0)

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  5. Sandra,
    Good to know about all the developments that you have written about. And what better way to heal than paint. I am really happy that you are painting again and moving on with all the great memories.

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    1. Thank you! Painting has helped to keep my mind occupied which is a good thing.
      Bear number 3 is going through some minor adjustments, but I hope to finish it at the weekend! :0)

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  6. Dear Sandra, I was moved reading yours words and imagining your emotion in front of the unexpected drawing of Codi. What amazing gift Crystal did for you! Hugs!

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    1. Thank you Tito. It is also the kind words from all of my blog friends that have really helped too :0)

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  7. What a heart warming post. I know of the Rainbow Bridge poem as I follow a lot of dog rescue sites and they often mentioned an older dog going to the rainbow bridge so I googled it and discovered the wonderful words (which whether you believe in a heaven or not, are still very comforting, I think). How lovely of your friend to think to send it to you.

    The box is beautiful. I don't even want to think of when the time comes for either of our two but I think that is a lovely way to remember Codi - you'll be filled with happy memories mixed in with the sadness of her passing every time you see her beautiful face smiling out of all those photographs.

    Do, you know I had the thought of doing a portrait of Codi for you but then thought it would be silly when you are such an amazing artist yourself but what a truly lovely portrait Crystal did of her for you - and one I'm sure you'll treasure.

    Can't wait to see the bear portrait and am intrigued to see what you've come up with for the next one.

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    1. You are SO kind to think of that! Thank you so much! But just reading all of the lovely things that everyone has written has been a real comfort.
      Everybody has been so thoughtful and kind. I am very lucky.
      Bear number 3 is going through some minor adjustments now but will be finished hopefully this weekend. Bear number 4 already started!! :0)

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  8. Oh Sandra, no wonder you had a meltdown ... all those wonderful, beautiful, thoughtful reminders of Codi. You will remember all the great times you and your family had with him.
    Great big hugs to you XOXOXO

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    1. Thank you so much! You have been so kind and I really appreciate it :0)

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  9. What wonderful gifts and what a truly heart-wrenching post. Your words have carried us all with you through the emotions of the last few days. Thank you sharing.

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    1. Thank you John. You have all been so kind :0)

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  10. I am really touched by the love that shines through in this post ... love for your Codi, love between people who share the pain and sublime this through art ... you are a special person, Sandra, and you deserve all this love! A hug!

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    1. Cristina, thank you so much for your kind words. They mean such a lot :0)

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  11. sandra special friends and gifts ..hugs jane

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    1. You are right, thank you. All of the people I have met through blogging have proved to be very special :0)

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  12. OKAY!!! I think we bloggers need to have a group hug!!! Very touching post, Sandra! Crystal is definitely a true blogger friend and she was so nice to do that. I can only imagine how you felt when you opened that box! Timeless Remedy is a beautiful piece! Suzanne's poem was so beautiful, as well!!

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    1. I chuckled when I read this Hilda! Yes - a group hug it is then! Now I must get back to my old self again! :0)

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  13. Hello Sandra,
    I understand your excitement to get the design of the dog. I am also very emotional. It's good to share emotions, feelings, memories.
    The drawings of Crystal are wonderful, she's really a great artist, it brings together technical and sensitivity.
    A hug from all of the studio

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    1. And a hug right back to you Antonio! Thank you :0)

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  14. I agree, group hug. Sandra you have such a following and it is because you bare your heart to us. I love the sketch Crystal did for you. What a gift from a fellow artist!

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    1. Thank you so much Liana. I hope I haven't bared too much lately! It's time to brush my self down now and get that smile back on my face :0)

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  15. I'm so pleased that Codi's Journey Box helped your healing process. If The Rainbow Bridge is to be believed, her journey isn't over quite yet. She has become part of your own journey too.
    Best Wishes for the future
    Rachel

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    1. I can't thank you enough for your kindness. The box is perfect and is special like Codi was and will always be :0)

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  16. Beautiful post ; ) And I whole-heartedly agree with you about our blogging friends <3

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    1. Thank you Kim. It's amazing how many wonderful people we meet through blogging isn't it? :0)

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  17. Sandra, I have just come across this post, read it and reminding me of my loss of Angie just a month ago.. I am still mourning for her, miss her being by my side all the time, I can't explain the bond ,but you already know that from Codi. I did know of the Rainbow Bridge from some years ago.
    I've put a Tribute and a picture of my furry girl .. I send you big hug, Barbra Joan

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    1. I'm so sorry about Angie. I remember reading your post and feeling your loss. And you have been through so much already. I miss Codi terribly but have come to terms with it at least. It takes time - That's why I couldn't get another dog :0(

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