Monday, February 2, 2009

EDM #20 - Draw something "Dad"

This drawing challenge was especially meaningful to me because I lost my father to lung cancer two years ago - he was only 69 years old. This eagle is for him.
I’ve had a difficult time adjusting to life without him, and I feel that this drawing is honoring what he meant to me. He had a collection of eagle statues and plaques - gifts from his family because we knew he felt a strong connection to this bird. To him, the eagle represented strength, courage, and respect for the country that he loved. He retired from the Navy many years ago, but he was always a sailor, and a good man.
My mother passed away 20 years ago - he never remarried and was dedicated to the five children he helped raise - a promise I’m sure he made to her. I miss his words of encouragement, and his unconditional love - but I carry with me all he taught me, and how much he gave to me. This one’s for my father, with love.

11 comments:

  1. I don't believe this could be done better---it is truly amazing and the words about your father so touching.

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  2. What a wonderful tribute to a man who certainly did for your family what few would do, then or now. It is clear you continue to resource the spirit he blessed you with.

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  3. Wow. An excellent drawing and tribute. The eye is perfect.

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  4. What a glorious memorial...beautifully done!

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  5. Wonderful piece. I love it.

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  6. Beautifully done, and a glorious tribute...

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  7. The Eagle is simply majestic..Each time I viist your site, I feel the power!

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  8. This is so beautiful...drawing and tribute! It really says a lot about who your father was and how he influenced you. Thank you for sharing a personal part of you.

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  9. It's a great drawing. Replace navy with army and/or airforce and you have my dad and his story. It's been 10 years and I still miss him.

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  10. Wonderful amazing detail!

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  11. Beautiful drawing and post. I am so sorry for your loss. What a wonderful daughter you are!

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