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Coming to the River
A Startling Life Vision

Colorful pieces of an abstract quilt, stitched together with memories of her dad, brought Dorothy's artistic life vision into clear focus.

"A startling vision came on a walk with my dad, AFTER his passing. With renewed spirit and verve, I ‘came home to the river’ to paint 'My Pond, Really!' ~ accepting ALL the Creator's gifts."

Returning from Tuscany, Dorothy revisited her childhood home in New Jersey in October 2016. Although her dad had passed away in 2013, he joined her once again for this very special walk.

She'd grown accustomed to communicating with her mother after her passing in '89, so Dad showing up suddenly as she turned onto the street where she was born did not surprise her. Instead she spoke out loud to him in the car, "hi Dad, which way next?"

Retracing woodland trails and streams where they'd walked together in life, she felt overwhelmed by the patchwork quilt of colors and images. She discovered symbolism in the disappearance of a huge oak tree by the bridge, and the appearance of a meadow where woodlands behind their house had been. She stopped to paint a small watercolor of exposed roots near the old wooden bridge where they'd taken photographs decades ago. The long drive back to Virginia was welcome time to reflect.

"Why am I so surprised the Father is guiding me still, to my own pond in the woods by the river?"

Saying goodbye as she placed a pot of white mums at their headstone, Dorothy accepted the facts of who she is ~ artist, writer, inspirational voice.  She bought new Charvin paints and and set to carving details of leaves, branches, seeds into her pastel colors with a palette knife.

This shift brought her home to the pastellist she'd been before the assault in 1983. The artist who'd been stopped in her tracks just as she received national recognition from The Pastel Society of America ~ was not lost.

With renewed spirit and verve, Dorothy came home to the river, accepting all the Creator's gifts of her artistry.

Coming to the River

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