I have previously done a few visual tributes to great artists such as Antonioni, Bergman, Marceau, Josephine Baker and so on. But somehow they were distant in time and space.
It´s the same with Valerie; the difference is that I had the opportunity to stablished a frienship with her based on a mutual respect as artists, and as persons as well.
I was terribly shocked when I knew she has passed away a couple of days ago from a heart attack; I didn´t know how to react; I still don´t know.
A close friend told me to express my feelings in art. I don´t think I could ever really express what this loss means to me.
Anyway, I tried to compose this image. And tried to create an image she would laugh about. Never met her in person, but this is the way I´ll always remembered her.
Jun 9, 2008 11:59:34 amby KarmaSong Homepage »
I had to read your words twice to realize and accept this terrible news as a fact...I am stuck for words and will message you soon once the shock is passed. We had been on a constant mail-exchange over the past few months, and even after her leaving Renderosity, for reasons she was delicate enough not to mention in her gallery but that I know of. I was thinking all the time about her last week and had promised I would write to her. She was living only an hour's drive from home and I was looking forward to meeting her in real when she was through with her photography course and workshop sessions...For now, I'll just say she was a real artist, not someone greedy for comments and following a foolish personality cult, she was ready to give advice anytime of the day and night about this wonderful art of photography,( I remember exchanging mails with her way after everyone's beauty sleep!). For some people here she was a diva, for me she was unique, immensely talented, by turns down-to-earth and ethereal, and I owe her a lot for her inspiring and magnificent photography...I can't even realize I am writing about Valerie using the past tense...Thank you for this superb tribute to Valou and informing us here.
Jun 9, 2008 1:32:18 pmby Anain Homepage »
Me acaban de llamar por teléfono para que entrara a ver esta imagen porque algo había pasado a Valou... pero no esperaba esto. Me he quedado sin palabras, estos meses he estado alejada de todo esto por problemas familiares y este último mes aún más... Me apena mucho esta noticia, no te puedes imaginar cuanto, Danilo... Tu imagen es un hermoso tributo para una hermosa persona como era ella...
Jun 9, 2008 5:24:17 pmby tennesseecowgirl Homepage »
So sorry to hear this. Valerie was also a help to me when I first started here. I had wrote to her asking a question and she was so kind, she wrote me write back, said she would be more than happy to help me, and the next day sent me a file with complete intructions on what I had asked her. I believe I still have that file if any one would like to also have it. Beautiful tribute to this beautiful and kind talented women.
Jun 9, 2008 9:44:58 pmby novelist Homepage »
Since I'm fairly new here, I didn't know her, but I do appreciate your tribute and your loss. It's a lovely image. I'm glad you've turned to art to express yourself during this difficult time. My thoughts are with you and with the community. I think it shows the power of a site like this--to touch so many others with inspiration, creativity, and support. Take care.
Jun 9, 2008 10:05:42 pmby RobyHermida Homepage »
Cuando un amigo se va... queda un espacio vacio
que no se puede llenar... con la llegada de otro amigo.
Val, siempre vivira en mi corazon...
Yo se que con sus alas de angel estara viendonos.
Te super quiero Valerie!!!!!! ♥
Gracias mi amigo por este trabajo tan hermoso...
When a friend leaves... it is an empty space
that it cannot be filled... with the arrival of another friend.
Val, will always live in my heart...
Me you that she will be doing us with their angel wings.
You super want Valerie!!!!!! ♥
Thank you my friend for this work so beautiful...
Quand un ami part... c'est un espace vide
qu'il ne peut pas être rempli... avec l'arrivée d'un autre ami.
Val, vivra toujours dans mon coeur...
Je vous qu'elle nous fera avec leurs ailes de l'ange.
Vous manque super Valerie!!!!!! ♥
Merci mon ami pour ce travail si beau...
Jun 9, 2008 10:59:16 pmby flaviok Homepage »
Sem dúvida perdemos nós uma amiga, artista e pessoa maravilhosa, o céu certamente brilhara mais com sua presença...mas a tristeza sempre será marca em meu coração por não estar mais entre nós, mas um rasgo de paz por ter tido a felicidade de ser seu amigo e admirador. Tributo soberbo meu amigo.
Without a doubt we lost us a friend, artist and wonderful person, the sky certainly had shined more with his/her presence... but the sadness will always be mark in my heart for not being more among us, but a peace tear for having had the happiness of being his/her friend and admirer. I tax superb my friend.
Jun 10, 2008 5:38:37 amby LudyMelltSekher Homepage »
Hermoso tributo para una gran amiga que jamás podré olvidar,Valerie--<--<@
Hermosa trabajo***** Increíble composición ***** Iluminación y colores excelentes. Un millón de estrellas de mí parte**********************Ten un día maravilloso.Abrazo y beso en tu corazón. Bendiciones Luminosas.Ludy