Monday, June 7, 2010

Mixed Media Monday - Floral Tributes

When I was pondering Rosie's challenge of "floral tributes" on Mixed Media Monday this week, my mind kept going to my mother and her love of yellow roses. When she passed away, it was not the season for roses so they weren't part of the wreaths arranged for the funeral. I really felt terrible that I wasn't able to give her yellow roses one last time. I found a florist who could rustle up a few and made a tiny arrangement with them. Although they were overshadowed by all the large wreaths, I was content to know they were there. This is a shrine I made from a nicho - the photo of my beautiful mother was taken on my wedding day. I have used lots of symbolism on this piece to represent happy memories. The book page represents how, when I wanted a biscuit, I would wait until my mother was reading, because she always said yes then, grin! Some sewing pattern paper because she was a wonderful seamstress, and of course the yellow roses. The charms represent, among other things, the pride I felt when she learned to drive in her 50's, the way she went in to bat for me with my father to allow me to have a kitten, and the camera reminds me of how much she hated to have her photo taken and the funny faces she pulled when she tried to look "natural". Thanks for the challenge, Rosie - and the happy time I had creating my very personal piece!

24 comments:

LiveArt said...

Oh,what a touching and wonderful tribute to your dear Mother. Love how all the different pieces have a deeper meaning to them. Wonderful piece!!

Linda

Cindy said...

Oh wow, Diane, how spectacular!!! I love, love, love it!!! And such wonderful meaning too.
HUGS,
Cindy

Diana Evans said...

oh this is gorgeous!!! beautiful work Diane...This tribute to your Mom is beautiful!!!!

indybev said...

This is very, very special, Diane, and thank you for sharing your personal process in creating it. Beautiful work.

Ozstuff said...

An exquisite tribute to the memory of your mother. Thanks so much for sharing her story with us.

carolyn said...

What a beautiful tribute, Diane!

tammy said...

what a wonderful tribute and your piece has such special meaning.

Hermine said...

Absolutely gorgeous

Sandy said...

OMG what can I say ???
This is so beautiful. Fantastic floral work.

landileroux said...

This is so special. Thanks so much for sharing the story and the artwork.

Rosie said...

What a fabulous piece of art Diane... such a lovely tribute to your mother. I love that Nicho. Gotta have a look round for those!

Lynifyni said...

Diane, what a touching, lovely piece of art!!! It's such a wonderful tribute to your beautiful mom! Bravo! LynnF

Fabric Art said...

Diane what a wonderful piece and a great way to tribute your mother, thanks for sharing this with us.
Anni

Connie said...

Absolute amazing!!!

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Amy said...

wow..this is very stunning!!! I amazed at how gorgeous it is

Diane said...

so thoughtful and respectful to your mother.

Janny said...

What a great piece of work, love it!

ALTERED ARTIFACTS said...

Wow this is truly amazing!
Inka

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DymphieM said...

such a wonderful tribute, really outstanding.

Bumbershoot Designs and Supplies said...

Such a wonderful and uplifting piece, Diane! I'll think of it and you and your Mom when I see yellow roses. Cheers, Sharon

johanna said...

what a fantastic shrine! bravo!!!

Lorraine said...

what a beautiful elegant piece of art fitting for your mum to remember her by..thanks for sharing all the memories. My mum loves yellow roses too.