Friday, August 15, 2008

IF - Detach

This is my wish for my beautiful friend Arlene.

Arlene is an amazing and generous person. She put herself through college while raising a young child as a single parent. Later, she remarried and had two more children. Several years ago, Arlene was diagnosed with scleroderma, a chronic autoimmune disease of the connective tissue. Although disheartened to learn that she would eventually be disfigured and in constant pain, she was grateful that she would at least live long enough to see her two youngest children grow up.

Two years ago, Arlene's mother was diagnosed with an acute case of leukemia. Within three months, she passed away, and Arlene was there at her side.

Last year, Arlene decided to run a marathon for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. But during training, she fractured both her shins and experienced extreme fatigue. So she went to the doctor. As it turns out, she has pre-leukemia, which may eventually develop into acute leukemia. We pray that it doesn't.

So. My wish for my dear friend Arlene is that one day, she will be able to detach herself from the fatigue, from the pain, from the worry, and play and laugh and love with her family.

Cherish the time you have with the ones you love.

pencil and paper, then poorly photographed and futzed with on Illustrator

64 comments:

nancy said...

I hesitated so long before commenting because I'm just no good at this serious stuff...:( but it's still such a wonderful and sad idea that I have to at least say thank you for sharing yours and your friend's story. The image is beautiful.
And congrats on the "I heart your blog" award - I heart it too. :)

Vanessa Brantley Newton said...

It's Vanessa! The illustration you did for "Detach" is just amazing!!! What a fabu illo. I like your color palette and style. Very nicely done. Girl, thanks for shopping by and leaving such encouraging comments. I have to laugh to keep from crying! If I can make you smile. chuckle, or laugh out loud just for second, you put out wonderful, creative, healing energy right that second! I call it, "making joy jucie." This juice attracts other good things during the day. All of us have to deal with reality at some point, but as artist we get the chance to illustrated our own!. That's pretty powerful to me. Thanks for giving me the chance to see through eyes!

isay said...

What a beautiful illustration. You know what? I cried when I was reading your post. When my mother died, it took me two years before I was able to accept that she's gone.

Arlene is very lucky to have you as a friend. I wish you both all the best and always.

Cookie Sunshine said...

Dear Bella,
This was sucha powerful illo.
I hope things work out for your friend. Your illustration is beautiful.
Hugs,
Cookie

Diana Evans said...

what a nice gesture for your friend....May we all send our prayers her way and may she be the one to get a miracle...

you are a wonderful friend and I am sure you are with her and help her through the rough days...

God Bless

Laura Marsh said...

That's a beautiful illo, and a sad story. I hope your friend makes it through ok.

Tiddly Inks said...

Best wishes for health and happiness for as long as possible for your friend.

Lynette said...

This is a beautiful illo. Best wishes to your friend.

Ces said...

Hello Bella. Thank you for your sweet comment at my blog. I am sorry to hear about your friend Arlene. The struggles some of us go through are incredible and the strength and courage they bear are a source of inspiration to us all. I pray that your friend heals and may she live a bountiful life.

Ces said...

Your pencil drawings are fantastic!!!

aimee said...

what a beautiful story of struggle and hope, bella. there's nothing futzed up about this drawing. it's wonderful :)

p.s. i got the gorey sketch :)

SENTA said...

I loved your illustration before I read your post, but then I read it and wahh! Such an inspiring post, I really hope the best for your beautiful friend.

imwithsully said...

This is an amazing story. You are so right that we should cherish the time. We all spend way too much time working when we should be hugging.

Sandra said...

Bella this is such a sad, hard story. Your friend most have remarkable courage to just keep going. Your illustration illustrates beautifully what she must be feeling.
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K Spoering said...

Prayers for your dear friend. A lovely post.

Auki said...

What beautiful artwork. My best wishes are with your friend.

Dada's place said...

Your illustration is so beautiful and touching, just as your post. Best wishes to your friend...

KiniArt Studios said...

Beautiful tribute art and wish for your amazing friend!...

Thanks for your comments on my IF entry... I'm glad you enjoyed it!

Juan said...

Wonderful stuff Bella!

platitudinal said...

What a heartbreaking story about Arlene, and yet at the same time very inspiring. People like Arlene are amazing. They do not succumb to self pity. Though life seems to hurl things to knock her down, yet she generously continue being there and blessing other people. Thank you so much for this post, Bella. Thank you for reminding us the important things in life.

Edrian Thomidis said...

What a powerful illustration!
May your friend have a wonderful miracle in her life. I also have friends with similar stories. It is really sad, but I hope with all my heart that your friend and my friend make it through ok and heal.
:)

Heather said...

What a beautiful wish for your friend. Lovely thoughts brought out by lovely images. She is lucky to have a friend like you.

MayY . C 五月媽媽 said...
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MayY . C 五月媽媽 said...

My thought and good wishes to your friend's Arlene.
God may have send kind and unique person like Arlene to teach us and the world to appreciate and value of life, she is a fighter and inspiration.
Arlene is given a job, I just hope she will have a brighter future ahead and tell her to stand strong.
Just Believe!

Asja said...

Beautiful illustration!
People like your friend Arlene are a true inspiration to all of us because of the inner strength they posses and I wish her all the best.

soulbrush said...

oh my god, and we complain because we are having a bad hair day! you have touched my heart with this story and my blessings and thoughts go out to her this sunday too.

La Srta Pil said...

Love inspire to make beautiful things, your illo its lovely, tender full of love, thanks to share it.

Hatem said...

beautiful illustration though a sad story..
wish you the best
thanks for sharing :), and thanks for the comment

Katie said...

Very dreamy illustration. Thanks for the message. It's stories like this that make person quit whining about what they don't have and feel happy about what they do. May blessings follow you and your friend.

studio lolo said...

It amazes me how some people are run over by one train after another. How much more can your friend endure? What's the lesson for her?
I'll send lots of healing thoughts her way. She needs more friends like you :)
Beautiful tribute to her. Thanks for sharing.

ValGalArt said...

You made a beautiful tribute to your dear friend! It seems so wrong that anyone should have to endure this pain,fear and loss. I am so sorry but I am happy that she has you as her friend :)

Karen said...

A sad but beautiful picture.
Wishing you and your friend, love and wishes x

Bella Sinclair said...

I'm overwhelmed by all your supportive and tender comments. Thank you so very, very much. I will pass along all your good thoughts to Arlene, who is visiting me in Arizona this week.

Best wishes to all of you, my IF friends,
Bella

thefridayfrog said...

:)))))) i just wanna feel what i'm feeling on this one...and bella, never stop "futzing" in ai...the final results are magic.

loonybinart said...

what a wonderful tribute to your friend. i wish that for her as well.

Shannon Melville said...

Lovely heartfelt illustration. I like the simple style and i think your words are lovely, your friend Arlene must really value having a caring friend like you. I hope that she recovers well, and that the cancer doesn't spread further, she sounds like she has been through a lot. Thanks for sharing. Did you show Arlene this drawing? What was her reaction?

NANCY LEFKO said...

what a lovely tribute and wish for your friend Arlene...she is already blessed to have a friend like you.

enigma said...

beautiful message and image, love it bella. i wish i could do simple illustrations like this..

Shugar said...

Oh, this is such a meaningful piece!
My best wishes and prayers go out to your friend and her family.

erin said...

wow, all I can say is wow. wonderful illo and very sad story.

Bobo's Slave said...

I love your illustrations, they're all filled with love. Please send my regards to your friend, I'm sending my prayers to her across the ocean!

atomicvelvetsigh said...

this is such a beautiful tribute for your friend. i pray that things would be better indeed.. and i also agree with you that all of us should cherish the time you have with the ones you love.. coz we really never know what the future holds..

thanks for sharing this story and your illo..

ellifolks said...

Beautiful illustration and sentiment! Very powerful. Best wishes and prayers to your friend, Arlene.

Chris said...

I'm a big fan of whimsical and you always seem to bring it volumes. I love the flow of the people flying and the subtle colors you used to create your background. Great work!

margothere said...

This is a lovely illustration and gift for your friend. Your sharing it sends more wishes to your friend, including mine. Lovely.

Eric Barclay said...

Really, really beautiful.

Sheila said...

lovely! this has a nice feeling to it, and i love the colors!

SCOTT BURROUGHS said...

Thanks for visiting my blog and for the nice comment- I really like your version as well:) Scooter

sandymichelle said...

Awesome illustration for a plight that I can't even imagine going through. Special thoughts for your friend. xo

krisztina maros said...

it moved me to tears Bella... i wish your friend so much strength and convalescence! it's most sad thing for a mum to not see her children to grow up (difference of ages between children is NOTHING according to this - returning to question of 'third child') so beautiful and touching illo!

Vanessa Brantley Newton said...

Hey Beautiful Sinclair,
I want you to know you made my morning today! You are always so very sweet. I get the joy of seeing your artwork and then having you leave encouraging words on my blog. You are someone to know. I hope that you will remember those words I wrote and always kick open the box creativity! You are so full expression and beautiful. Thanks so much for sharing and stopping by.

Distressing Delilah said...

That is so touching and well said. Beautful image for your friend.

Dot said...

beautiful work and thanks for sharing the story, it makes it all the more special.

Nathalie St-Pierre Roths said...

Very touching tribute to your friend. The illustration is fantastic also. Great job.

Solvere volo said...

Best wishes for your friend! Wonderful drawing.

carli said...

thanks for the comment you left on my blog. this is a beautiful illustration. I'll say a prayer for your friend. she seems to have a very positive outlook despite the circumstances, which is always helpful.

kathy hare said...

Bella, a beautiful picture and such a sad story.. best wishes to your friend

Bee said...

What a lovely, soft illustration but such a sad account.

Connie said...

Great strength to your friend.

Random York said...

Fabulous Bella! Very dreamy!

Mark Cavell said...

Beautiful illustration made more so by the feelings behind it. To you and your friend my best wishes.

PotatoMamma said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your friend Arlene. That's a really sad story! Also very inspiring, I admire her strength! Send her my best wishes - even though she doesn't know me. Hope she has a long streak of good luck soon!

Your illustration is very pretty.

Bearded Lady said...

Bella, wow! This illustration captures your love for you friend beautifully. It has a very peaceful and almost accepting feeling. I will add to the wishes and prayers for Arlene.

Ces said...

This was one of the best days in my life! I met you!.