On Friday I officially became a mother. Chicken Little was a bit late, but he eventually showed up and after some serious stabbing of his feet with a glucose monitor he was given a clean bill of health. Amazing how you can check yourself into the hospital.. and a few days later.. there are 2 of you checking out.
Friday also marked our first wedding anniversary, we’d even booked a nice romantic dinner for two at the same restaurant we’d dinned at a year previous. But when I woke up with rather significant labour pains in the wee hours of the morning... all thoughts of a romantic evening went out the window.
While the anniversary of my marriage to DH passed ensconced in the local hospital with all attempts at modesty abandoned and a storm brewing in the background – the forecast calling for unabated monsoon style rains and high winds. I still did manage to gift DH with a token to mark the occasion. (no I’m not talking about Chicken Little... although he is the very image of love personified.)
Two years ago while DH and I were living on separate islands, and I was slowly filling his home with my art work, he asked if I could do a painting just for him. One where the Chinook chased the herring in the kelp. Ack... I thought.. I’m not sure. It’s similar to what I do. But I worried it wouldn’t be “real” enough for a guy who’s spent his life admiring , studying and chasing salmon... Animals in the world and dinner on the plate. Catching these majestic animals never fails to put a huge grin on his face. I never painted that image he described.... not that I forgot about it. Somehow something always kept me from doing that for him.
Finally Two years later this is the painting that I gave him for our anniversary. It measures 22”x 30” unmated or framed and is painted on 100% cotton rag 140lbs cold press paper. While the original will hang above the sofa in DH’s den, I plan to have prints and cards made so that others can enjoy the image that took two years to emerge from the paper.
an Original Watercolour
© RiverWalker Arts
An anniversary is a time to celebrate the joys of today, the memories of yesterday, and the hopes of tomorrow. ~Author Unknown