Oh, how we miss Jackson. Those who knew him felt something special in his presence – I personally think he was from another realm and I’m sure his owner agrees. Mention his name and we all feel our energy alter somehow.
Jackson – a striking Samoyed/Golden Retriever cross, passed away a year ago today on 11 October 2016. He was such a physically attractive animal, but also in another way – it was like he was a visitor from some higher place and I for one, certainly felt it.
I started the painting of Jackson when he was still alive after learning of his serious illness. I had fortunately taken a photo of him a few years earlier when he was a regular ‘colleague’ in the complex where I worked and was resting under the Jacaranda tree just outside my office. However, even though I started his portrait when I found out he was sick I couldn’t do anymore – maybe I didn’t want to think about what was coming.
12 months since his death have passed – while he was never “my dog” – in a way, he was. I worked on his image – checked and rechecked not only the line and form but the essence of his character and personality. I got into his psyche and I admit I cried when he died – I still get emotional remembering him.
How much more so the pain of his loss for his owner, Sonya? Farewell beautiful Jackson……and acknowledgement to you Sonya……of your grief.
Prepare a place for us Jackson where you are – if you would?
We are also headed your way.
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