Friday, April 30, 2010

SKETCHBOOK - "Reading at the Cove"

Needless to say, this is a very tough post for me to write today. Before my wife, Cat, recently passed away, she had left letters in the safety deposit box for my 2 daughters and one for me. Knowing how my creative life would be forever changed by her death, she wrote something as a "P.S" on the back of my card. As always, Cat was completely supportive of my art, whatever forms it expressed itself. To make sure I continued to pursue creative endeavors, she wrote these words:
"Keep painting, sketching, drumming, exercising...ha ha. Love Life!! and TRAVEL for the both of us."
Since I hate exercising, and don't really care much for travel, this will be a challenge. But, as usual, Cat has opened my eyes and my heart to many beautiful things in this ol' world. Now I've got a mandate to keep exploring and creating. I hope I can live up to her expectations.

The sketch above was the last drawing I did of her. In early March, it was one of the few sunny days we had during the long, cold winter. She was reading on the rocks of a little cove at Lake Olathe, while I sketched. It's not a great drawing...but it holds a special meaning now.

If you'd like to see a tribute gallery of Cat's photography, click HERE to go to her blog, "Cat Ludwig Studio".


Anonymous said...

Thank you so much, Warren. This is one of my favorites. Mom

Anonymous said...

Warren Dear--What a tender and moving tribute to a love story that will never end. Remembering a line from Tuesdays with Morrie, "Death ends a life, not a relationship." May God hold you very close. I wish I could.
Love you,

Duane said...

Thanks for sharing ALL of this; very moving and inspiring, really. Kathy and I are praying for you and your daughters. I will also share this site with our son, Sam, who is majoring in ART (ceramics) at KU. But he has been learning to draw, and loving it.

Duane H.