Art that hits my heart

I received a package in the mail yesterday. I had no idea it was on it’s way so I was pleasantly surprised to see that it was from my blog friend, Christine of Jaz Creations.

You’ve seen Christine many times over at FunkyJunk. She’s a digital art whiz.

When I opened the package, I couldn’t speak, move, breathe, nothing. I went blank. I honestly THREW the wrappers aside and held this in both hands with widened eyes and mouth open in utter and complete awe.

This is my alltime fav picture of my mom, son and myself taken at my son’s birthday one year. You can truly see love in our eyes. And I just adored how my son hugged Grandma! It really portrays how close we were so this shot is special to me.

I  always meant to blow it up and frame it. But.. just never did. I’d like you to look really closely at what’s to follow.

This isn’t the photograph. This is digitally painted. I removed the painting from the glass frame so you could capture the beauty without the glass glare.

The colours are so warm yet vibrantly alive. Christine focused on the smallest most special details and highlighted tones where they were washed out in the original photo. This is the most lovely rendition of a photo I have ever laid my eyes on.

And this is the gorgeous frame it was in. It’s ultra elegant, a tiny bit rustic…

… and perfect for our home. And this amazing picture.

The artwork captures us perfectly. Christine even removed the truck keys I had in my hand in the original picture.

I knew where it was to go immediately. I have it sitting in the middle of the upstairs, to the right of my blog office and kitchen. I see it all the time because I adore it and it makes me smile. For so so many reasons!

Christine, you couldn’t have sent a more thoughtful meaningful memento at this time. I miss my Mom so very much, however what a wonderful way to cherish what I loved about her all day long. I am in love with this picture more than I can even express in words.

I’m very proud to call Christine my friend. xo

Hey.. I think I have a new profile picture. She knocked about 10 years off me with this one! 🙂

Do you have a special photo or artwork that is near and dear to your heart? I’d love to hear about it. I love stories. 🙂


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57 thoughts on “Art that hits my heart

  1. Oh how beautiful! Blessing were sent from heaven from your mom and a very special friend. Christine did and wonderful job and what a great gift to a very special YOU! Have a blessed day, Vicky

  2. Donna
    What a super special gift.
    It looks perfect for your home and family. I can tell by your enthusiastic post you’ll cherish always. I bet your son likes it too.
    Precious gift, precious friend to do this for you.

  3. This is fabulous! What a wonderful surprise..a touching gift. And it is beautifully rendered as well. Love it! And I can feel the love in your words!

  4. There goes my jaw again! What a wonderful, wonderful gift. What a wonderful friend to create something so absolutely perfect for you. That Christine is something, isn’t she?

  5. “What a wonderful world”……. so glad you showed us what love looks like. You are very lucky to have such a talented and loving friend. <3 donna

  6. I have a digital painting from Christine of my two daughters in front of Cinderella’s castle at Disney World, and another one of my youngest in her ballet recital outfit. She does such amazing work! And, she’s one of the sweetest people I’ve ever met. 🙂
    What a treasured gift!

  7. This is beautiful Donna ~ she did an incredible job. What a thoughtful thing to do and I know it will be something that you will cherish now forever. xo

  8. What a meaningful and touching gift from your friend! The painting is so much like the original. It’s just beautiful! She is so gifted!

    Such a precious item to have in full view everyday.

    with tears in my eyes (again),

  9. Oh Donna, how awesome! As soon as I saw the picture it brought a lump to my throat. When I first saw your post with the picture of the three of you, I felt the love you all felt for one another. What an amazingly thoughtful gift from an extremely talented artist.

    ~ Tracy

  10. Oh, it’s perfect! I know what you mean about a simple snapshot that you love so much. I have one of those from my wedding, where my new hubby was holding my hand while we were walking and twirled me around, like he does spontaneously to make me smile 🙂 Most people don’t get why I love that picture, but it kinda reminds me of how he makes me feel 🙂

  11. OH MY! What an amazing gift. What a blessing Christine is. She did an amazing job to capture the love of your family. It made my heart smile!
    I am sure it will bring many years of comfort to you and your beautiful son.

  12. Wow -“words cannot express” is right. That is such a thoughtful and treasured gift. The clarity is wonderful. I keep looking back at the picture that shows your hand almost touching your mom’s finger. That’s so special.

    Christine did a fantastic job replicating each detail. I wasn’t aware she did this kind of art. I’ll have to go back and look again.

    You know you’re special when blogland shows up at your door. I can’t imagine any gift ever being more special than this one.

  13. Hi, Donna
    I dont have a photo story to share. Just wanted to say how lucky you are to have such a thoughtful and INCREDIBLY talented friend. That photo is gorgeous.

  14. What a beautiful painting…and you’re right…the timing couldn’t have been more perfect! I love it that you have it in a spot where you can see it often and smile. Have a wonderful Mother’s Day. I know that your mom is watching over you and is so very proud of her remarkable daughter and grandson.


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