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".