For the past six months I have been mourning and coming to terms with the loss of my companion of over 15 years, Trixie. A few months ago, when Jessie of Diary of a Self-Portrait
announced she was beginning to do Dog Portraits, (Go see her website, Stray Dog Arts)
something in me just YELLED out "Do it! Commission a painting of Trixie! Do it now!"
So I did. I cannot tell you the healing it has brought about for me to have this done. Jessie worked from the few photos I have of Trixie. Trixie hated having her picture taken. Most of the photos show her barking or arching her back, angry about the flash, or ... we never quite figured out what she didn't like about the camera. Maybe she thought it was stealing her soul.
Jessie has imbued this painting with Trixie's soul. My heart is overflowing with joy to see it. I am moved, touched, absolutely beyond any words by the wonderful love with which Jessie worked in order to bring Trixie back to me in this way. She will be home soon, but already in seeing this photo of the painting, I just feel such peace, such affirmation that the spirit of my precious Trixie lives on and can be felt, not just by me, but by others.
Thank you, Jessie. Thank you, my wonderful friend. Thank you.
Labels: Stray Dog Portraits, Trixie