A partial repeat … and an ongoing journey
In August of 2010 I posted this picture on my blog accompanied by the following words:
“Isn’t this a lovely card? It was sent to me from my niece in St. Johnsbury, Vt. Her mother is my oldest sister Mary, now in a Rest Home in that area and I visited with them last month.
The words on the card are from a Danish Proverb and read:
A friend is someone who knows the song in your heart and can sing it back to you when you have forgotten the words.
That really touched me because it described our relationship in a nutshell. My niece is a very talented artist who has sacrificed the last two years to caring for her mother and seeing that her teenage son gets the best education possible. This is all very commendable but it has left little time or energy for her to pursue her own dreams.”
Well … that was 13 months ago and so much has happened since then. Her mother, my sister Mary, passed away quietly in December and her son is now off to college. Wendy can finally put herself on center stage and she’s done just that !
She applied for and was granted an Arts Fellowship at the Scuola Internationzale de Grafica in Venice, Italy and she‘s there for the months of August, September and October.
If you “google” Wendy Hansen Studio it takes you to her sites, one of which is her blog highlighting the colorful scenes of Venice. I was delighted to find that she has the gift of prose, as well as being a fine artist. That is reflected here in her blog description:
“this post highlights some of the "dolce", or sweet, surprises that reveal themselves around every corner of Venice. Oh, if we could only learn from Venetians not to fear joy!”
Isn’t that wonderful ?