Wednesday, January 23, 2013

In Memoriam

I lost a good friend this weekend.
(2004-2013)

Our beloved Lucy died, and there is a Lucy-shaped hole in all our hearts.
I've been filling the void with small tributes to her.

Gelatin print silhouettes:

 A hand-carved Lucy stamp:

Her tape-transferred image on a collage:


Her brother Jake is subdued and stays as close to me as possible.
He periodically reaches out his paw to touch me.
It's not clear who's reassuring who.
Blogging buddy and constant companion, Jake.
 
When we brought her home 8 years ago, we briefly considered naming her Trixie the Wonder Cat.  Though we quickly settled on the name Lucy, the nightly bedtime "Superhero Kitty Stories" were born.  Every night (so the story goes), while the family sleeps, Jake and Lucy don their capes and sneak out into the dark to help the animals of the forest.


My dear Lucy, wherever you may be, I hope your dish is never empty, your kibble is never stale, and the lampshade is always right for licking.  I'll be watching the skies for you.


31 comments:

  1. So sorry to hear of your loss. Pets leave footprints on our hearts.

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  2. So sad to read that you've lost such a dear friend. She'll always be with you in your (he)art.

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  3. That suck Karen. Always the bad part of pets. You bring them in KNOWING at some point..

    We currently have 4 animals in the house. One of them is approaching 12 years old (large dog) and one we JUST brought home from the same breeder we got Martha from is 7.

    Why do we keep doing this :)

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  4. This seems to inspire a whole picture story of Lucy. They are all lovely pictures, a real tribute to Lucy .... And you. Your hand cut stamp is amazing, and the transfers. Don't you think at least one of them should be framed to hang on your studio wall?

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  5. This must be such a hard time for you, Karen. Your artwork of sweet Lucy is superb, I particularly love the hand carved stamp - how lovely that you will be able to add Lucy to lots of art projects in the future, whenever you feel the need.

    Sending a big hug for you and Jake.

    xxxx

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  6. Awe bless you Karen, thinking of you sweetie. I know how hard it is!! May she rest in peace.
    HUgs x x x x

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  7. I'm so sorry, Karen. The artwork is so special--I love the stamp.

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  8. I am so sorry to hear this. I believe they go ahead of us, to heaven, and wait for us there. They share all the exploits they had with us with the loved ones that are already waiting. Sometimes, I can still feel my favorite cat ever walk across the bed to be with me - in times of sorrow. It is strangely comforting. I am sorry for your loss. Take Jake's paw and give it a kiss. He truly is trying to comfort you.

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  9. Oh what a beautiful tribute to your Lucy girl, a super heroine wearing her cape wherever she may go. Hope you are all mending, I know so well how long it takes. xox

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  10. I'm thinking about you guys. Hugs...and more hugs.

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  11. I'm so sorry you have lost your furry studio companion. Your art tributes to her are beautiful.

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  12. I'm sorry to hear about Lucy. I'm sure she had an amazing life full of love and adventure, and you've created lots of art to honor her. Extra big hugs for you.

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  13. I'm so sorry. You're doing a great job of honoring her. :-( Sending love <3

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  14. I'm sorry to hear about Lucy - your tributes to her are fantastic.
    Sending love your way...
    xo
    Kristin

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  15. Oh, Karen, my heart aches for your loss! The house seems so empty when one of our furry family members is gone. Your art is a beautiful tribute to sweet Lucy-cat.

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  16. Oh, Karen! I am sooooo sorry! What a beautiful girl....the art you did in her memory is just gorgeous....a wonder cat, indeed :)

    Sending you and your family huge hugs....and a chin scratch to dear Jake....

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  17. Oh, Karen, I am so, so sorry! Your art is such a lovely tribute to your kitty. I love that carved stamp...just perfect. And your picture of Lucy as a super-hero tells me so much about her! Poor little Jake...give him a squeeze for me!

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  18. so sorry about Lucy, but you created a lovley tribute to her, I love the super cat one

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  19. My heart goes out to you and your family. A great tribute to a beloved part of your family!

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  20. Oh Karen, I'm so sorry for your loss. Losing our beloved animals is so painful - but what a great tribute to her, and a great idea to help work through your grief. I especially love the superhero one - she was clearly well-loved!

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  21. beautiful artwork - so sorry for your loss!

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  22. I'm so sorry to hear you lost your little buddy--Lucy sounds like a great friend. My former kitty "Sunny" was a superhero, too :)

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  23. I'm so sorry to hear about losing Lucy. The Lucy art is wonderful, a lovely way to remember her. Polly

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  24. What a touching tribute to a loved member of the family. Your art in recognition is heartfelt. So sorry for your loss.

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  25. Again... i'm so sorry for all of you. Extra hugs and purrs....

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  26. So sorry to hear about your Lucy. How wonderful you have been able to keep her close to you through your art. I feel your loss. It's very hard to lose a friend.

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  27. Oh, Karen.
    I'm so very sorry. And it is so difficult for Jake. He doesn't understand as well.
    I would give you a big hug if I could. Thanks for being a good steward for Lucy.

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  28. I'm so so sorry for your loss Karen. Big teary hugs for you and sweet Jake. xxxx

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  29. Karen.. I was so sorry to hear about your Lucy. It's so hard to lose some"one" so close to the family. I love your tribute to her. What great memories you will always treasure.

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