For Ana, My Dear Friend by anahata.c ()
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(This is huge: much fuller, zoomed.)
Ana (anaber) has been a dear friend for some years now, and she has struggled much of late. Family illness, terrible challenges, hardships, etc.
I just want to send her my love and my wishes that she find relief and uplift, more with each day.
We have a feeling, in America, that life should be good to us. But, for many people everywhere, it's a matter of making light where we can. Because life delivers great hardships, and we have to tackle them as we can.
Ana has done that with such devotion, and I wish I could send some big ray of light over there (in Portugal) to lift her burdens and make her life a total dance. She spent so many years working for others, during the revolution in her country (against one of Europe's most vicious dictators), and to help women, and help free her country. She raised wonderful children, and now has grandchildren. And she is going through so much struggle now.
So I made this painting with, I hope, light and passion for her. I'm not being deprecating when I say I can't make nearly the painting or drawing she makes. (Helle feels the same way: We tell each other we'd do anything to be a 10th the artist Ana is.) The bottom panel is my attempt at capturing the magic of her 'cartoons', with mystical figures dancing in night skies...Her cartoons are magic, folkloric; and, if you visit her gallery, look back...along with Helle, I'll tell you she's one of the finest artists I've ever known. Her pencil portraits, alone, are exquisite: They're so soft, yet so massive in depth.
I wish you strength and light, Ana; and may all the light you've given others come back to you 100 fold. Much light and help from angels, both human and beyond.
With love and humility and all kinds of light, mark
(again, much fuller zoomed)
Image Comments (16)
Faemike55 () 1:30AM | Wed, 25 January 2017
A beautiful and brilliantly colourful image and gift for your friend. Your heartfelt words will mean a lot to her as your well-wishes. I therefore add my best wishes and prayers to Ana.
beachzz () 2:06AM | Wed, 25 January 2017
Each one of these panels has something so different. The top one seems to have faces everywhere you look, the second has a man dancing in springtime and the last gives us the full moon peeking thru on a cloudy night. I guess it's kinda like lying on your back, seeing clouds and finding all kinds of things up there. What a beautiful gift for Ana; I hope this brightens her day and brings her a bit of joy in her life.
Freethinker56 () 3:02AM | Wed, 25 January 2017
This is, So so touching Mark.I agree with the above comment and wish Ana better days. LUV your art
durleybeachbum () 6:08AM | Wed, 25 January 2017
A fabulous gift for this loving and such talented lady!
I wish her all that you say, too.
eekdog () 10:10AM | Wed, 25 January 2017
And my friend you have epic love for your friends, I thank you for yours for me also. Cool trio dedi and hope and pray for the very best for her.
helanker () 12:12PM | Wed, 25 January 2017
I am not back yet, but I simply must say, how much I love this triptych for our dear friend, Ana and how much I agree with you in all you said. To me, red is a symbol of love and in Denmark we say the hope is Light Green, so I see Love and Hope for a Lighter future for our beloved friend. Perfect triptych, dear Mark. I Echo all you wrote here, so I wont try to say more. :-)
romanceworks () 1:08PM | Wed, 25 January 2017
A very lovely tribute to Ana, in word and image. Interesting how the three show different aspects of Ana.
LivingPixels () 2:29PM | Wed, 25 January 2017
I am privileged and most touched by the depth of love and compassion for you dear friend its a wonderful dedi and an impressive piece of fantastic imagery well done my friend!!
anaber () 5:47PM | Wed, 25 January 2017
OHhh Mark!:) I am deeply thrilled with your gift ! and words don't come with ease.. This painting is truly fantastic! the three panels together and each one ´de per si' are a DANCE-just as you wanted it to be! They are the dance of LIFE- or the dance that life should be: A dance wrapped with dreams. BUT... Life is a trap and we play with her the 'cache-cache' the best possible and that we are able and in reality, we learn a lot in the way:)).. Mark, I adore the bold colors in the first panel, curling, like in a strong embrace. I imagine a 'burning' cave! The dark shapes are persons to me.The light is magnificent! :
The second panel is so calm, so delicate...there is so much light but still a dance or a promenade in the sun ! (Marylinn sees a person dancing. I see two and lots of observers:)) . I love the delicate yellows and greens...remembers me the SPRING ! And Spring brings renewal , hope and strength! Thank you for your wishes, Mark!
And finally! A dance under the moon. I ADORE THIS, Mark:) I adore the full moon and the dreams that she brings with. The shapes floating in the space, are dreams to be caught! And the moon is the catcher :) Thank You for remember my doodles, Mark, but i can see yours! I can see your dogs, lol! Your words are priceless, Mark... but i don't think that i deserve them so much as you say...! But Mark, please know that You brightened my day. I felt the Love and the warmth of the true friendship.You are a gift for all of us as i read above...and you are a gift in my life! Thank you for the heart and all the love that you put in this dedi ! And the ART!
**...and once more you offered me a gift in a very special day, Mark. Today, very early morning, i was looking through the window to the yard, having my coffee and thinking! Today, was a day that branded me... it was the day that my parents- both- passed away . Many years in between them...BUT the same day and at the same hour...and i never forget ! So, Mark...you see how much i was touched by YOU today, with this present marvelous and so much from your heart and soul! Accept my deepest gratitude, Mark, goes deep from my heart! Much Peace,Love and Light to You,ana
-I Thank everyone here, for all the good wishes too!
GrandmaT () 7:43PM | Thu, 26 January 2017
Magnificent art! A touching dedication to your friend. I hope her life will get better soon.
RodS () 8:46PM | Thu, 26 January 2017
These are wonderful panels, Mark, and just as wonderful (if not even more so) is the spirit in which they were created: Love and caring for others. You truly have a huge heart, my friend, and I'm proud to know you.
This is beautiful in every way!
goodoleboy () 7:11PM | Fri, 27 January 2017
Because of my never ending physical plight I've fallen too far behind on my comments, so I'll keep this one short. First of all, I don't recall any Portuguese despots of recent decades. Spain, yes. That said, a great triptych of panels displaying what looks to me like what one would see in a lava lamp. I'm always searching for analogies with your art. The bottom one suggests sharp edged clouds or icebergs in the sky. I have no idea how you perform this particular style of abstractions, Mark, but they are loverly in their liquidity. A wonderful tribute to your ailing friend.
bakapo () 4:05PM | Sun, 29 January 2017
your images and words are always a joy to see and read; they come from the heart and that is beautiful.
auntietk () 10:24AM | Wed, 01 February 2017
For me, the progression is from a state of intense activity, then to a more peaceful and calm acceptance, then to a meditative and relaxed and open state. What a beautiful piece for Ana, who (as you say) has more talent than I can even comprehend! She is such a loving soul. and I wish for her the kind of deep peace I see in the last frame.
miashadows () 4:09AM | Mon, 06 February 2017
Very beautiful dedi for a wonderful person indeed ,so sorry to hear of her misfortune.Reminds me of healing crystals and sure all the light and love will find their way to give ana the strenght to make it through these dark times