Resident Artist

Lily is an abstract artist. As you can see from her artwork, she doesn’t create anything recognizable. The teacher in me wonders if I should worry about her fine motor skills; the parent in me rejoices that she is using her own creativity and imagination without preconceived notions of what things should look like. No sticks with green balls on top for trees, or boxes with triangles for houses. Just pure, happy, joyful art. One of her favorite birthday presents was from her aunt, which included a sketch book, round stickers, metallic contact paper to cut into “stickers,” and paint. She hasn’t even gotten to the paint yet! She has spent hours making pictures for all her classmates, which impresses me in two different ways: 1) She is showing me that she may not be diagnosed with ADHD in the near future, and 2) she cares for other kids. There was a birthday party for one of her classmates this weekend, and so we bought him a present. She wanted to be sure the other kids did not feel left out, so she made all of them a picture, like the one below.
One of the reasons she may be feeling so inspired is that last weekend we went to the Contemporary Art Center in Peoria to see the exhibit my sister curated. It’s called Painting Pink Pajamas, and if you’re in the Peoria area, please drop in and see it! Here’s a picture of Heather with Emmy in front of one of Heather’s paintings.

I really liked the work of one of Heather’s friends, Nicholas Nyland. If you check out his website, be sure to scroll over the picture of Time Machine. It shows the inside! He also writes about abstract art on his website, and I like what he has to say about it. Just click on the Hello link.

A Sample of Emails

To my cousin on my mom’s side:

Did your mom tell you about my mom? Her breast cancer metastasized to her bones, and she has a tumor on her skull that is getting too big. She starts her radiation therapy today. Her radiation oncologist is going to radiate her whole skull and brain to make sure they don’t miss any cancer cells. With all this going on, we haven’t had a chance to talk about Christmas! I’ll keep you updated!

To our interim pastor:

My mom has asked to be added to the prayer list. Her breast cancer metastized to her bones about four years ago, and now she has a new tumor on her skull that is pressing on the lining of her brain. She started radiation therapy today, and her whole skull and brain will be radiated along with a few spots on her spine. She will have 15 treatments, every day for the next 3 weeks. She is feeling very positive about this treatment, and we are praying it kills the cancer!

To the cousins on my dad’s side:

Hi, all,

Mom starts her radiation today. The radiation oncologist decided to radiate her whole skull and brain, to keep the cancer from metastasizing to her brain. She will also receive radiation on some cancer spots on her spine. One of the side effects is going to be hair loss. She’ll also be very tired, and maybe nauseous. She may have cognitive trouble during the radiation as well. These side effects are temporary, so pray for a complete recovery! I know she’s worried about her voice, as well. The radiation may affect her throat, but maybe not. She wants to be aggressive with this cancer, though, so she’s feeling positive about the radiation.