Saturday, May 5, 2012

Slipping Away

"Slipping Away"
8 X 10
Oil on Hardboard
This is a painting of my  mother, Bonnie.  She has been living with Alzheimer's for seven years now.  I painted this from a photo I took last week at our visit.  This little stuffed cat is her "baby".  She talks and coos at it.  It struck me when I saw the picture I had taken that the kitten was almost more "lifelike" than Mom.  Her progression with the disease has been very slow, but she has continued to decline.  Hence the title "Slipping Away".

  I apologize for the poor quality of the photo, but I think you can get the idea.

Love you Mommmy!


  1. Hello Karla. I think you have created a very nice portrait of your mother and "her cat". It is a terrible disease where the family often has more pain than the patient themselves. If your mother would realize she would find it a beautiful painting. It's very brave of you to share it with us!

  2. It must be terribly hard to see your mother slipping away like this.This is a beautiful and loving portrait of her.She's brought up a wonderful,kind hearted and talented daughter,and deep down she must know that.I send her my love and prayers.

  3. I truly believe Art does help an artist deal with loss and this journey you are on with your mother is one of the most heartbreaking.I guess that is why they call it the "long goodbye."
    I value you for sharing your story and painting. I hope it inspires another artist somewhere to do the same thing.

  4. such a touching tribute. I cannot imagine what you are going through, but I will remember you and your mother in my prayers. I love the painting...


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