Friday, May 11, 2012

Inspiration Avenue Challenge: A Mother's Hand

Happy Mothers' Day to All

Inspiration Avenue, hosted by Shelley and her mom, Loretta, is challenging you to participate in something to do with a mother's hands.  Loretta says...
Did you know that the word hand appears in the King James Bible 1296 times? Now that definitely shows us how important hands were to God, our creator. Don’t you know He put a lot of thought into creating our hands, knowing all the things they would do for us in our day to day activities?

Being uninspired, but loving the picture of my mother and me in 2000 just before she died, I used it as a tool to try and draw my mother's hands; in this case, it was her left hand.  

I had always loved her hands.  Those bright red fingernails were one of her fashion signatures.

This is the sketchbook drawing:


And here is mother's (cropped) left hand.


It was a true art challenge, but it was a way to say "Happy Mother's Day" in a fond remembrance.

Please go here and join in the challenge.
also for ppf

29 comments:

  1. Beautiful picture of love shared, thank you for sharing. Loving your sketched hands, so perfect. Happy PPF, Annette x

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  2. OH Nancy, that is beautiful - the words and the drawing. Choking back tears over here. Such a celebration of your mother. What a beautiful picture of the two of you to cherish...

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  3. Nancy, how beautiful! You did a fine job artistically with the hands. Your tribute to your mother does indeed evoke deep emotion.

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  4. What a beautiful idea and drawing. Hands are so extremely difficult and you've done an amazing job! Even the shine on the nails...wonderful! Happy Mother's Day :)

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  5. Your drawing is lovely but also your idea is wonderful - it made me think of my mothers hands - always dirty with coal dust as we had open fires! her opal ring, the only jewellery, She read palms and her own told openly of the bumpy road she walked. Lovely to ponder for a moment. Betty x

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  6. Nancy ~ wonderful illustration of your Moms hand and such a loving photo ~ you are blessed ~ thanks, namaste ~ ^_^

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  7. What a beautiful photography of you and your mother. Your tribute to your mother's hands is lovely.

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  8. such beauty for Mother's Day. Well done. Happy PPF

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  9. oh That is wonderful..
    love the picture of her hands they are lovely ..the two of you together what a sweet picture too.. great job on drawing her hand..
    yes my mom, sis and I --was so fun to see old slides(my folks had) of us..
    I put them all on a cd..and passed on to my kids..
    the roller bonnet(:) yup what a hoot huh?? We did like to use them'' back way back'' wish they still made them to buy ..hugs.p

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  11. Your mom had beautiful hands! You have captured them perfectly. This post brought a tear to my eye. Very poignant!!

    Hugs Giggles

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  12. Beautiful and well done. The photo of you two together is very sweet. Thank you so much for a beautiful post.

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  13. beautiful tribute and lovely sharing...xx

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  14. A very lovely gesture and thank you for sharing!

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  15. what a beautiful memory you have shared with us...your photo is touching and i love your drawing too...xxx

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  16. Oh, wow, one of the last things I did with my mum was trace round her hand so that I could embroider it (along with the rest of the familys' hands) on samplers for a remembrance present. I told her all about what I was doing and stitched beside her bed - I think she probably heard me although she couldn't respond. It is so beautiful to see that you used your own art to do something similar. It isn't Mother's Day here yet, but you have reminded me of some very special memories and I am grateful that you shared your own, too. Thanks for your kind and caring comments - I am taking the evening off and having a good rest!

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  17. what a beautiful creation. Happy Mother's Day!

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  18. What a beautiful, moving photo. The drawing of your mother's hand is wonderful.

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  19. Lovely tribute to your mom and I know she must be smiling at how well your captured her hand and memory of her! Thanks for sharing!

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  20. This is the most touching post!
    The picture of you and your mother...wow. And your drawing is perfect♥

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  21. What a poignant post. I realize I'm late getting here to admire your art, but it didn't detract from the fact that this post AND the artwork are truly from the heart. What a beautiful original photo to use as your inspiration. This really choked me up!

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  22. Thank you, Nancy Ann. It's beautiful and I know Mother (Mom, to me) thinks so, too! Somehow Mom is watching us and she is so proud of you!
    Love you lots!
    Mac

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  23. OH I just love this post. Something to treasure for sure!!!

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  24. What a lovely remembrance. Your mother did indeed have beautiful hands - such long fingers and those gorgeous nails. Well done!

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  25. I love your story! So touching! Love your sketch of your mother's hand, a great way to remember her. Mother's hands are amazing things..no matter the age.
    Thanks for sharing!

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  26. That photo is extremely powerful. The expressions on your faces have my heart pounding and my throat tightening. Mother and daughter always.

    And a great concept for a drawing. Nice pencilwork.

    Thank youf or sharing something so close to you.

    Best wishes,
    Liz

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