Monday, November 17, 2008

104

"Red Sails at Sunset"
These are two of my favorite paintings. They were painted by my Grandmother. I have always admired her sense of color. She spent so much of her younger days exploring nature that I think her eye easily captured the essence of a landscape.
"Home from Market" was painted from memories of a trip to the market in Octavolo, Ecuador. Grandma traveled the world on a retired teacher's salary. She had so many stories to tell.

Grandma gets a visitor.
My father took these photos earlier this summer.



My Grandmother is 104 years old. I had a chance to visit her recently. She was having a good day (her memory is not very sharp these days) and we had a lovely time together. When we were leaving I ran into a friend of my grandmother's. She described my grandmother as one of the most elegant women she had ever known. I had to smile because she had come up with really appropriate description.

8 comments:

annette emms said...

Oh Chris, you lucky, lucky girl! To have known and to cherish such a dear lady.Please send her a kiss from me.

quiltcrazygal said...

How lovely to hear about your Grandmother. She does sound like a very elegant lady. I was a very lucky girl to have my Grandmother with me for 34 years. Oh how I miss her, but I carry her in my heart everyday:) Tomorrow would be her birthday, a day I always celebrate. Thank you for sharing a special person in your life:) Jenna Louise

bindu said...

Wow - your grandmother must be such an amazing person to meet! I love to hear stories from old people because you cannot get their stories from anywhere else! I've been to Otavalo, and I think she has captured the beauty of that place perfectly in that painting. It's fantastic! I would so love to hear her travel stories. Next time you visit her, do let her know that I think her paintings are amazing. I'm also glad she has a grand daughter who cherishes her work. :)

Jude said...

Amazing, both grandparents! My last grandmother past away at 91,she was wonderful. I loved to hear her momories. I do wish we had had the forthought to record her memories. You are so lucky!

Jackie said...

My grandmother died when I was 8 so I always enjoy it when people share their experiences with their grandmother. She sounds like a well loved lady! You're very lucky to have her!

bindu said...

Chris - I'm curious about the kangaroo! Where did (s)he come from and does (s)he live with your grandma?

Robyn said...

How wonderful to stil have a grandmother. (I miss mine terribly). I love the way Grandma's face lights up. Please tell about the roo.

Greenmare said...

104!!! wow! I guess it's okay if her memory isn't always sharp that's a lot of time to remember! my goodness, she looks just lovely and the kangaroo is wonderful! is there a quilt in this???