Millie Gift Smith Art Blog
I would like to tell you about this painting. I named it "Weep For Me". It all started in 1996 when my first husband became very ill. He had to undergo heart surgery and eventually after 2 months in the hospital, he caught Pneimonia--the worst kind. He died in October 1998. The following December-my daughter who lived in Florida, came to take me back there for the winter. I was very ill there with bronchitus and grieving for my husband. I went to visit my son and his wife in Orlando for 2 weeks. They both worked all day and my little white poodle an me stayed alone. This did'nt help my sadness. They had a beautiful backyard with poole and several gates to get in and out. One day I decided I would try to paint, as I had not painted for some time. I got the paper and my watercolors out and just started to put the paint on the paper--when I realized that my little dog was missing. I found one of the gates was open and my "Buffie" was gone. I searched for a long time and finally I found her a few doors away. I had to run through tall grass to get her and when she saw me she ran away from me. I finally caught her and got home safely. I laid down and felt that my heart would stop. Serveral hours later, I took up my paint brush and started to paint. As I put the paint on the paper--I started to cry. [which I hadnt done much since his death]. I cried and painted and cried and kept putting the paint on and letting it drip downward. I did this for 2 hours--I just kept crying and painting. Later on I added some paint to it. I could see in the painting the hospital room and the windows. After this time, I started to do a lot of painting as I found it helped me get over the loss of one I loved for many years. Three years ago I married a wonderful man and I am still painting. It was a bad time in my life, but painting helped me -through the tears. I am very happy now with my new life. So many women will let sorrow get them down, when they are faced with this situation so I would advise them to start to paint! It is the best theraphy anyone can have.