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Brief Yet Everlasting

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(Click image to enlarge)
25 x 25  inches
Pen and ink, watercolor, and colored pencil, acrylic, embossing medium, on Illustration Board

Purchase options:

6 x 6 in. Digital “Mini Print”: $20
8 x 8 in. Digital print (100 in a series):  $50
12 x 12 in. Giclee Print (50 in a series):  $250
25 x 25 in. Giclee Print (original size, 50 in a series):  $500

Original: SOLD

15% of all sales from this image benefit the MISS Foundation

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As an artist I strive to represent motherhood in all it’s forms.  Stillbirth, miscarriage, and infant death are realities that are not talked about in our culture yet are expressions of motherhood, parenthood, in every sense.  This piece was done to honor that brief yet profound experience of love and loss.

A huge thank you to my dear friends Darjee and Josh Sahala who allowed me to use their birth photos of Brona, born still May 18, 2008.  To watch a video of Brona’s birth and death please visit their website here.

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I am writing you because I wanted to say thank you.

Two years ago this year, on December 15th, I lost my first child in labor. He was born silent, wonderful, and beautiful. Our family was totally broken. We had tried very hard to conceive our baby boy, and things turned south during a typical at home labor. As someone who advocates for women to be treated and fight for their rights in a hospital, the experience there was a nightmare.

I later got terribly sick with a bowl obstruction due to a mishap of the c-section I was given at the hospital, and ended up having a second surgery on Christmas of 2013 and stayed the new year in the hospital. We came home empty, alone, and my body in a place I never anticipated it to be.

Someone had bought me a mandala of your art piece of the parents holding their spirit baby. I was so touched that someone acknowledged that babies leave us too soon. It is such a profound piece, and in many ways it reflects the exact look of our family during that time. Our son is always with us, but gone forever too. It’s a strange flux to be in, even two years later.

I didn’t allow my son’s death to confine me into a small space. I participated in the Honest Body Project, and spoke about my loss. When I saw that you shared it on your page I felt so happy and proud that you always acknowledge those loss moms.

And so I wanted to say thank you. Thank you for being there for me in ways that you didn’t even know you were. Thank you for standing for moms like me and helping those who don’t have a voice to talk about their silent babies. Thank you for showing that not all moms are quiet, that we roar our baby’s name, and we are proud of the mom’s they have made us become.

Thank you.

~Geralynn 

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Amy Lutes

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"Winter Tree"- in Memory of Rowan who was lost

I didn’t really go into this with the intention of it being “miscarriage art.” The idea of birth art and/or art therapy had come up a lot during the last few months of the year, both from friends and my local ICAN group. I’d been really thinking about it, and decided to get some watercolors and try my hand at it. This was my first ever actual painting, let alone with watercolor.

I realized afterward that the painting really represented my miscarriage. The tree is dead, in the middle of winter – no leaves, with snowflakes surrounding it. There is a blue background, and the tree is uprooted, which seemed to imply the fact that my baby was no longer “rooted” in my womb.
I really want to work on some other ideas I have for art about miscarriage and baby loss. One painting that I’ve started is of a pregnant woman with a skull & crossbones flag across her belly. Whether I like it or not, based on my history of loss, it’s sometimes hard for me to view my womb as a safe place for my baby, and sometimes it feels like whenever I am pregnant, my body is going to sabotage it, like pirates swooping in a killing everything.
Anyway, this painting that I’m sending you is titled “Winter Tree.” My husband and I decided to name our miscarried child Rowan. We didn’t know if it was a girl or boy, and neither of us had any particular inclination one way or another, so we chose something gender neutral.
– Amy Lutes

Lynn H. Weatherford

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"Steal Birth" oil on canvas

About “Steal Birth”

This painting is a statement painting.
The statement is “God sometimes say, “No!”.
The title is a play on words.
Steal is used here not to say God stole my baby because my baby was always His.
Steal was used, upon his silent birth, because part of my heart was stolen.
The woman is nude to signify her vulnerability.
The woman’s hands show tension to bring attention to her fight to keep her son with her.
Notice her finger nail slightly scratches the arm of God.
God’s hands are gently enveloping the baby to lift him up. The softness is exhibited with his lightly luminous arms. The baby grasp God’s hand to show he is comforted by His presence.

In Memory of Dawson born silently November 11, 1998
That piece of my heart will forever be missing.
Thank you

"Great Expectations #2"

About Lynn

My oil paintings reflect daily life in its chaotic setting. I capture memories of everyday life. Sometimes life is beautiful, sweet and kind; sometimes life is even ugly. My style is a marriage of impressionism and realism with the added flavor of emotion. The impasto paint is usually laid with a palette knife or with a thick brush stroke. Color brings drama and vibrancy to all my paintings. Color sometimes takes over my brush. Van Gogh has long been an artistic mentor. Some of my beloved furry companions have even earned the right to carry his name. My goal is to never stop learning…never get too comfortable…never abandon curiosity. I choose to absorb every bit of information I possibly can add to flavor life. I want to be the best I can be perhaps to honor the “gift” God has graciously presented to me. I want my art to mean something more than just paint on a canvas.


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