Monday, August 20, 2012

Forever In My Heart

Saturday I received word that my friend Liz had passed away after a long battle with Leukemia. She was a follower of mine on YouTube and we had chatted a lot online. I had spent quite a bit of time getting to know her through the last few years. Liz  was one of those people that despite her problems, she was always positive and fun. She had an infectious spirit about her, that was a testimony of her faith.

My way of dealing with emotional things is through Art. I love to create as I talk to God and meditate on my feelings. I find that it helps me to focus my energies and clear my head. I feel like God is guiding the creativity, instead of myself.

Brittany, my daughter, saw that I was emotional, and she joined in to help me create this piece as a tribute to Liz. It was so nice to have her finger paint with me.

From Flamingo Scraps:   Prima Build A Swirl Stamps, Ranger: Distress Ink - Picked Raspberry, Claudine Helmeth Matt Medium. Other: Paint, Molding Paste, Hymnal, Sizzix Wings die Cut, Faber Castell PITT artist pens in light Cobalt Turquoise, and Black, Windser Newton Irrodescent Medium.

Liz will forever be in my heart, and written around the heart are some thoughts I had of Liz and the way she lived her life.  The clouds are made with molding paste, and the wings were cut from a sizzix die from hymnal pages I used "Beyond the Sunset" and "Sweet By and By", Then blended them into the canvas with irredescent medium.

Do you create when you are feeling emotional?  I felt at peace when this was finished, and Liz got her "Momma Tonya Original."

Thanks for stopping in today,


  1. Tonya I am so sorry for your loss, this is such a beautiful and loving tribute to Liz

  2. Oh Tonya,the tears are flowing....Liz was a true friend... she had such a spirit in her....she loved to create and loved fashion! She is gone too soon and will forever be in my heart too.......I would love to have my Momma Tonya original... Love ya girl! We need to chat soon!

  3. May your heart be lifted up as well with good, loving memories of your dear friend Liz. What a beautiful piece of artwork in her honor. The Bible promises you will see her again in Paradise.

    ~Vanessa W

  4. so sorry for your loss and this is such a beautiful piece you created tonya. so very special and moving. big hugs.

  5. I'm so sorry for your loss. You've created such a beautiful and meaningful piece. Best wishes to you and all who mourn her.

  6. Tonya...I'm so sorry...was she the one that need a bone marrow transplant. Did she used to do make up videos?

  7. How awfully sad to lose this lady in a physical form but of course her spirit lives on and you clearly were affected enough to create this beautiful canvas with your daughter. This will keep her spirit alive in your home and heart. Take care and hopefully Liz's family will take some strength in knowing what a positive impact she had on people.


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