I recently posted “What’s An Art Journal For?”, explaining… “my art journal helps me delve deeper into my soul, interpret my dreams, & chronicle my life. It’s far more intimate than a sketchbook.” Over the last few days, I’ve been using it as a way to heal & honor my beloved Shih Tzu, Pixie, who died at age 14 1/2. I should clarify, she didn’t “die”… I had her put to sleep because of tumors that would have made each day slightly worse than the day before. After all the countless wonderful memories & a lifetime of loving devotion, I couldn’t bear to see her suffer for even one day. She deserved much better than that & in a strange way, saying goodbye like this was my final gift to the girl who gave me unconditional love her entire life. Her last day was spent going for a walk, eating her favorite foods, & getting so many kisses from me that I thought I’d wear a bald spot on her beautiful little head. She was my girl & will always hold a special place in my heart.
I took a day off work to mourn her & feel sorry for myself. I cried a lot while working on a two-page memorial using acrylics, paper, her Obedience Training certificate (which is a joke since I was the one who ended up being trained!), & ink drawings inspired by the enormous number of photos I took over the years.
The Obedience Certificate that should have my name on it!!
- As an artist, I’m blessed to have a creative outlet for my feelings. As a person, I’m equally blessed to have memories of a wonderful companion, Pixie. Sleep well my fearless Flying Squirrel.