Tuesday, February 23, 2010

amulet of hope

amulet-of-love-print

the studio declutter/re-org is complete, and it goes without saying i'm thrilled to be at the finish line and to have 200 extra square feet. i'll write more about it at some point but at the moment i'm consumed with thoughts of renee, who has been documenting her struggle with cancer over the past few years on her blog circling my head. sadly she is not doing well. her daughter angelique has been posting updates on her behalf. i find myself there often, combing her words for strength, reading between the lines for sparks of hope, absorbing the comments people have left with love for renee and her family.

there are many who have followed renee's journey for much longer than i have, people who have become a fierce squad of support to her, people who are almost like kin to her. ces, bella and manon have painted and drawn beautiful pieces in honor of her. i've written this piece as a small gesture of comfort to renee's friends, to her family, to renee herself, to anyone beset by injustice or physical suffering or difficult circumstances. an amulet of strength, hope and love to you.

36 comments:

Jeannine said...

This is beautiful, wise, and encouraging. I'm sure Renee and her family will draw inspiration and comfort from this. ♥

heather smith jones said...

I love how you say amulet of strength Aimee. The way you put words together is inspiring and thank you for sharing about Renee.

Ces said...

Oooh Aimee. Your words ring true and offer so much hope and strength. It is puzzling sometimes and I find it hard to understand that someone we have not met affect us so deeply, but blogging has to us offered a new avenue for connections that while we cannot gauge the laughter decibel, feel the temperature, see the smiles and the smirks, our mind tells us we are present for one another and when the equilibrium is punctuated so fiercely, our hearts beat faster and sometimes even breaks.

God bless Renee, a woman of great compassion, wicked sense of humor, not to mince words and quite frankly the only one I gave a pass to call me names because she is the only one who loves without demanding anything in return. I hope she is not suffering so much.

xoxoxoxoxo
Ces

T.L. Holmes said...

I agree...beautifully said. While I'm a pretty loving person who tries to remove hate from my life, I think it's safe to say I hate cancer without facing anyone's wrath. There's something heroic about those who battle that beast all the while living, hoping, sharing, and inspiring others to do the same. May Renee be blessed with all the comfort a wide circle of family, friends (and strangers, like me) can send her way. ((((Renee))))

Phoenix Peacock said...

What a beautiful documentation in a journey of mindfulness that Renee has shared with us.

pixie said...

This is a lovely, timely post and I'm so grateful for your loving words! I'll carry them with me as I head east on the 'morrow....

I'm so glad to hear the chaos is giving way to order :)

xoxo

Inner Toddler said...

when i saw Angelique's last post my heart just start to break apart into a million pieces. there was something so sweet about the silly little comments we left for each other. If she could mean so much to me after so much as a few months of quickie banter, I can only imagine how her family is handling this crushing blow. I love your work aimee. every piece lands at just the right time...

oneartistjournal said...

Poor Renee...it is so saddening...she is such a force of life and beauty...I feel so much love for her...
...And your art work, you always amaze me with your words...and your original and natural visual ways to tell a story.
XOXOrly

Candied Fabrics said...

Aimee - what a beautiful piece this is. My heart goes out to Renee and her family.

Esti said...

this is beautiful, aimee. I'm sure Renee's friends will find it inspiring and comforting. My heart is with Renee and her family.

cindy said...

your piece is a really powerful and strong message to keep holding on for everyone who's in renee's life.

Tyggereye said...

Wow I love this. So strong and beautiful. The sentiment is lovely as is the artwork. I love that heart. I want the whole thing tattoo'd on my back. Too much? lol.

rachel awes said...

aimee, this piece is simply inspired. what a perfect gift, for renee and for us all.

la ninja said...

amulet of love

L'Atelier said...

how amazing!
so touching! so inspiring- i hope and pray that she will do better soon!
thank you for sharing this with us
xxxx

Lisa said...

Aimee, You have such a beautiful way with words. Thank you for sharing this inspiring artwork.

Sending love to Renee, her family and friends.

BT said...

Quite lovely Aimee. I, too, have been popping into Renee's blog each day for any news. My heart is heavy. It's so strange when we haven't even met, yet like many of Renee's bloggy friends, I love her so much. Ces puts into words what many of us feel, as have you with this super tribute. I, too, hope she is kept well medicated and isn't suffering.

soulbrush said...

we all sit poised not sure why when or what will happen. rest easy renee. what a lovely piece you did and so glad the hard work is done, show some photos please.

lori vliegen said...

you always say it just right.....and at just the right time, aimee. i know that renee and her family appreciate your kindness and tender thoughts of hope and strength....xox

Kelly said...

aimee, that is so beautiful.

Aris said...

beautiful. I feel stronger reading your words. Bless Renee.

Lori said...

Aimee this is so beautiful I am at a loss for words.

Megan Walker said...

*BEAUTIFUL* and *INSPIRED* Aimee ❤

I have someone in my life right now that these words will be a great source of comfort for as well. In fact, I'm sure we will all need them at some point in our lives, as we all take our turn going through trials. I'm so sorry about your friend Renee. I'm so happy she has such an army of angels such as yourself to surround her with the love she needs at this time.

with much love xoxoxo

kendalee said...

This is lovely Aimee, just lovely.

daisy janie said...

Oh man. I read your lovely doodle art and nodded along. Then, I read your post and read the doodle art again. Goosebumps and hair standing up so high. What incredibly important words to share, and they will be unconsciously stuck in hearts and pockets for a long time. Thank you. I'm so sorry about your friend.

Bella Sinclair said...

Thank you for this beautiful piece, Aimee. I am holding on so very tightly. Who knows why they pull the rug right out from under you, but they do. Your words hold such healing power.

I love you, my dear friend.

Megan Coyle said...

Lovely words - sounds like poetry :)

Le blÖg d'Ötli said...

Every time I go on your blog, I'm leave it more rich ;) and happy

Nicky Linzey said...

Thank you Aimee, this is beautiful. I do not know Renee although I'm sure that this will be a great strength to her, her family and to many others too.

~Valentina~ said...

Aimee, this is really *BEAUTIFUL* thank you so much for writing and sharing. My heart is with Renee and her family...

flossy-p said...

Yes, I spent a good while crying for Renee. She has touched so many of us.

Your tribute to her is perfect! Perfect! She has a great passion for words and reading.

Natasha said...

This struck a cord..thank you so much for sharing. I will keep good thoughts always for her and her family. And thank you for your heartfelt, lovely amulet. Xoxo

Anairam said...

This is a wonderful tribute, Aimee. Yes, that amulet of hope and strength and love - which we sometimes need more than other times, and sometimes we misplace it, and sometimes we feel like we'll never find it again. But it is always there - and I think we help one another to find it again ... as you have done now.

gypsy said...

eloquent, elegant, beautiful...

Caroline said...

Beautifully written Aimee. A truly lovely piece of work. Thank you.

kj said...

aimee, gee, i haven't been here for a while. as always, i love your artwork.

i was drawn to your tribute to renee. i am another who loves her deeply, and i thank you for writing about her today. she is a senior angel, you know....

love
kj