|"Robert Lee James"|
Graphite on Paper
Perhaps this is the path for you too this Father's Day. In any case, I want to invite you into this moment with me--this inspirational/celebratory moment.
Remembering the Inspiration
First, I recall as a young girl watching Daddy come home from a hard days work and draw. I was delighted by what he would create with just a pencil, paper and eraser. I thought to myself that one day, I’d like to draw like that too.
Remembering the Celebration
Second, I remember how over the years, I utilized Daddy or the feelings about him for creations.
|"Real Men Read" - Markham Public Library, Markham, Illinois|
Latex and Acrylic Paint on Wood
(Bench Constructed by Ursich Construction)
|"Daddy Daughter Day"|
© Antonia Ruppert
For the "Real Men Read" bench for the Markham Public Library in Markham, IL, I utilized photos of my Dad for the figure on the right. Additionally, this painting, "Daddy Daughter Day" shown below shares a closeness I experienced with my Dad growing up.
After completing the painting above, I received these words on my Facebook page:
I lost my dad at 3 so that didn't give us much time for pictures together so my collection is limited. But now I get to look at us together everyday. There's no words to describe what that means to me. Thank you for your time and work. I cannot wait to display it in my home forever! Thank you from the bottom of my heart!
Can you believe that the impetus for this started when I was a little girl watching my Dad draw?
Over the years, Daddy seemed interested in my work and what new project I was working on. His last words to me were “Toni, keep doing what you are doing.” Since I did not know they were the last words, I cherish them all the more.
I celebrate these moments...
What moments do you have to celebrate?
I will leave you with this song and a concluding encouragement.
No matter if this past Mother's Day, this upcoming Father's Day or the next birthday is challenging, I encourage you to create for your loved one. Make a song, a rap, a dish, a painting, a poem, a journal entry...
Feel free to let me know how it goes in the comments below.