Saturday, May 9, 2009

A Gift from Nancy

Look what I got in the mail this week.

I had forgotten that Nancy requested my snail mail address. I was surprised and delighted to receive such a wonderful piece of artwork from her for no apparent reason. A just because she wanted to "Random Act of Kindness".

I had so much fun holding the package and guessing with my Mr. what could be inside.

And then the unwrapping and unveiling of the most inspirational and beautiful painting.

Prayer has been constant in my life lately as I suppose it should be.

This angel, a guardian angel I am sure, will remind me to pray in the good times also, not just the bad. I must remember to send up thankful prayers too. I have decided Nancy's gift will be that reminder for me. A reminder to pray through the good times and the bad. To pray with a quiet mind and a thankful heart.

This piece is so beautiful. I believe the term is encaustic. It feels smooth to the touch and the image seems to be sitting on top of the paper. She is real, it's the feeling I have when I look at her.

I have so many questions to ask of Nancy or any who may know the answers. How do I care for this wonderful piece of art? Can I frame it? Can the glass touch the wax or should the glass be above the art? And if no glass what about dust, cat hair? Will it melt? I love it so and I want it to last forever.

Thank you Nancy for this beautiful and inspirational gift. I do promise to pay this generous Random Act of Kindness forward one day. If you haven't lately please visit Nancy's blog. She is always posting such wonderful photographs and lately has been making some really beautiful new pieces of jewelry.

I am wishing all of you mothers, step mothers and "surrogate" mothers out there a very Happy Mother's Day tomorrow.



Distressing Delilah a.k.a. jenn said...

Nancys' work is very beautiful! Love the angel she sent you!

deb did it said...

WOW! What a beautiful thing. Of course you want to frame and display it! YAY you.

lori vliegen said...

hi tess! what a beautiful angel...and such a beautiful gesture from nancy! i paid a visit to her's just as fabulous as you said it would be! i'm wishing you a wonderful mother's day today...enjoy your time with your family, sweet tess! :)

nancy said...

Tess, I'm so glad it arrived and has found a special home with you!
It is Encaustic, an ancient process of painting with wax and the angel is one of my photos, tranfered into the wax and melted in to finish it off.
No need to glass over it, it will last forever. It wil only melt at 200 degrees or will fade in the sunblight . You could mount it on board or canvas and frame it or shadow box it.
I'm so happy to see my work appreciated and glad it will bring you the "peace" I found making it!

Anne said...

Hi, Tess! What a lovely gift! Enjoy! :-)

Tess said...

Nancy, Thank you so much for the gift and the answers. I think I will shadow box it and find a fitting place out of direct sunlight to display it. And to all of the other commenters here thank you for stopping by my blog and commenting. I've had a wonderful Mothers Day that started with breakfast at IHOP. I surprise for mom after church, there were 12 of us that made it. What fun and the waitress was so very good. We tipped big because she deserved it and was a mom too.

Martha Lever said...

Oh wow, Tess, what a beautiful card. What a blessing. Speaking of blessings----thanks for your sweet comments on my blog about our new little Marc. I am really smitten! Didn't take long!

peggy gatto said...

Just a moving piece, thanks for sharing!
While I am here let me please thank you for all your nice comments on my blog. I am behind in acknowledgments to visitors and want you to know I appreciate it. After all, you are part of why I enjoy blogging!!!