There was a core-group of us that went all through forestry school together, from the JC to the University, and Wes was one of us. His wife is also part of our group, and she has remained one of my best friends. Wes died in a totally fluke auto accident. It has shaken us all up, obviously, but I definitely found peace in helping his family... all I keep thinking is, "Thank goodness I have art as a tool." Though I haven't been feeling crafty, I am so satisfied with these. I keep wondering if it's weird that I'm sharing these, but then I'm like, "Nope. Lots of people like me surely find peace through work." I did.
Here' the basic process:
|A little "swipey-swipey" on Tim's SA treeline with Forest Moss.|
|A little spritzing... I was able to ink-spritz-stamp, then re-spritz and stamp one more. |
Then I'd just lightly swipe a bit more ink and spritz and stamp once more
before I'd wipe clean and start over.
|Here is a view of the first round. Ahhh, sweet variation.|
|Happy Wes. His wife took this picture on a hike, but what I'm trying to|
show in this picture is the lovely texture.
It really came out nicely. I'm proud of the result.
|I just like the way these look in a stack. |
And you get to see another glorious view of Wes's programs. The reverse has
a map of the actual memorial site and list of the speakers.
I also cut these at 8.5x5". It is a nice size.
This has definitely been therapeutic, though I'm not going to say it was easy at the beginning, or even now, looking at them. When the first set came off the printer, it was like, "Whoa, I'm really making these..." Surreal, though it's sinking in.
I also had the thought, "Well, this is something I haven't done..." and thought of the later the Simon Says Stamp Monday "Leap into the unknown"... I hope none of you have to do this, but if you do, I hope this inspires you. It was a labor of love, and fulfilling to know I was able to help.
RIP, Wes! Love you, buddy!!!