Monday, 24 April 2017

First Painting of my Girl

It's been 10 days.  
On Friday, I picked up Nellie's ashes. Right now her box is sitting on my side table.
This last weekend, I spent a lot of time in bed with a horrible cold. I miss my Nurse Nellie. 
I have not had much of a chance to do any painting for the last 6 months. When I have been home, Nellie has wanted to cuddle. And when the Queen wants to cuddle, that is what you do.
Yesterday afternoon I got out my paints and here is my first painting of Nellie.



 I am hoping to do a series - and when the right one resonates, I will create a huge painting like I did of my Sammy.

Love Barb

41 comments:

  1. That is truly lovely, but then, you had amazing subject matter to work with. Again, we're so sorry for your loss. Nellie was pretty awesome.

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  2. That is beautiful Barb. We still get all weepy when we think of dear Nellie. Hugs and love from all of us.

    p.s. We sure are happy to see you pop in. We've been missing you too.

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  3. We love this. And we miss beautiful Nellie too. Sending you comforting purrs....

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  4. It is so lovely of your beautiful Nellie.

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  5. That is gorgeous! I love that one so more. We all love you, Nellie's Mom, but I know it's not the same.

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  6. That is a totally Queen Nellie expression: interest, tempered with slight disdain, and finished with a light sauce of suspicion. XOXOXO

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  7. It looks just like her,too!
    How I miss her!!😥😿😿😿

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  8. Your painting is really, really beautiful. Lots of purrs to you.

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  9. That's beautiful ! Purrs and hugs

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  10. I love it... and her eyes can talk to me....

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  11. That's so beautiful! Nellie was a special girl and we miss her a lot. We know it's got to be so hard for you. (((hugs)))

    The Florida Furkids and Mom Sharon

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  12. Wow, how real she is there on the canvas. You captured her queenly diva self, Barb.

    Sending hugs hugs and purrs, too. Dog-guy sends wiggly wags.
    ((((( ♥ )))))

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  13. Her spirit and her soul ~ shining through! Well done ...

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  14. Oh Barb! That is so Nellie! You've got her expression purrfectly! We are missing Nellie so much, her unique voice and wicked sense of humour! Have been thinking of you lots and send our hugs and purrs. Caro and Austin xxxx

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    1. Thanks so much. I was off sick yesterday and I've started on painting #2!
      Take care dear friends, Love
      Barb

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  15. Barb that is just wonderful....it's certainly captured her expression and the "atmosphere" around her. She had a presence that is difficult to capture on canvas but you knew and "felt" her more than anyone else ever could or did - infuse the whole thing with love (which you have done) and voila....the beginning of a Nellie series! I know how empty the house feels. But she's there.

    Love and Hugs, Pam

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  16. Barb, that is a great painting of Nellie, she looks very majestic. We love the colors you choose for the background, they suit her purrsonality purrfectly.

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  17. Ah, the Queen lives on. Nellie would approve. Any dreams yet or visitations? xoxo

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  18. That is so beautiful. How talented you are! I know you miss your sweet Nellie so very much..... my thoughts continue to be with you as your adjust to life without her.

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  19. Barb we continue to send our support. We miss Nellie who was such a huge presence in the Cat Blogosphere. That photo catches her likeness perfectly and shows the love between you two. Thank You for sharing it with us all
    Purrs and Prayers
    Timmy, Dad Pete and Family

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  20. Barb this is absolutely beautiful. It is so Nellie :) We miss Nellie and are sending you tons of love, support and a huge {{hug}}. Cuddles from the Gang here.
    Marty, Mom and the Gang

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  21. Oh Barb, that is gorgeous. We so miss Nellie too. Good for you to do a painting and a serious of paintings of her. We sure send you lots of hugs and good thoughts.Nellie was one of a kind.

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  22. Oh awnty Barb, we 'member pickin' up sis Lexi's ashes, and how alone we felt. Your paintin' of Nellie is gawjus. You are so talented. We wish we could help take care of you like Nellie did. Mommy says kitties are da bestest nurses ever. We're sendin' big hugs and lots of purrayers.

    Luv ya'

    Dezi and Raena

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  23. Barb, This is stunning. I wish I had your talent. How cathartic to be able to do this. A series will be wonderful, and I cannot wait to see each painting. Nellie was SPECIAL and beloved. We will miss and remember her aways, Love and hugs, Janet and Kitties Blue

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  24. This is a beautiful painting of very beautiful Nellie. (((hugs)))

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  25. A magnificent picture of our Nellie. She was a queen with no equals. We feel blessed to have seen her for one last time before she left us for that patch in the sky where she could play with her friends.

    I hope we didn't give you a cold Barb.

    Loves, Jean, Shoko and Kali....dad too.

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  26. Such a nice painting of Nellie. Glad you spent cuddling time with her while you could. Enjoy painting her portrait now.

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  27. Oh my this is EXQUISITE!! I so know how you feel, my Angel Bobo used to always nap with me and would be with me whenever I was ill. Cody isn't like that at all. I missed when Bobo used to do that sooo much, wish I could see you to give you (((hugs))) xoxoxo catchatwithcarenandcody

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  28. barb; this painting is amazing......I envy your talent to create the art you do, we all know Nellie is mega proud of mom and she misses you as much as you do her; hopefully she's let you know all is well; if not; it will be soon.......promise ~ ♥♥

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  29. What a beautiful painting of Queen Nellie ! Purrs.

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  30. Beautiful painting! Of course, Nellie was a beautiful queen! I'm so glad you have those wonderful memories of cuddling with her in her last days - I know they are bittersweet - but she surely loved you and knew you love her.

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  31. you know Nellie so well Barb. Your series will be fabulous

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  32. That is a beautiful remembrance painted with love.

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  33. That came out so nice. Nellie was a beauty. XO

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  34. You really capture her confidence and self assurance. This is a lovely portrait and you are so gifted to be able to caputre her spsirit in this way.

    Nellie's spirit lingers round us still doesn't it.

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  35. What a lovely painting of your Nellie, Barb. It so captures her spirit that continues to touch the universe. Sending you hugs, purrs and prayers, dear pal.

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  36. That's a beautiful painting of sweet Nellie, miss Barb. It shows that you had...and still have a tight relationship. We wished we could take away your pain...Soft Pawkisses to comfort you and a big hug from Granny <3 <3 <3

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  37. Love that Barbs,truly beautiful.Get well soon,sending lots of love your way,xx Rachel and Speedy

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  38. That is such a beautiful painting of Nellie; you are such a talented artist, Barb. We want to let you know how sad we are to hear of Nellie's passing and we hold you in our thoughts and hearts, sending you gentle purrs and much love.

    Be Well Sweet Nellie

    Love Clooney, Neytiri & Karyn

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  39. Oh my, dear Nellie, you live on most graciously in your moms wonderful art. The spirit truly never leaves where there is love, and you look most radiant, sublime, and utterly you. Barb, you have a most wonderful touch to bring Nellie to us, in and through this work... May Nellie help speed your recovery.... Gentle purrrs, Erin

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