Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Grief Journey, Ines

Grief Journey.
2.5" x 3.5" Artist Trading Card


about the piece.
The painting is the second one of my grief journey ATCs I painted for a swap. I was trying to encapsulate the up/down and the struggle about getting on top of the mountain of hurt. That's what the first ATC was trying to show that the journey is a hell of a climb over a mountain of hurt but that it does get easier and the sun shines again eventually). The second ATC shows more the dark side/bright side alteration path of the road, that we dip into darkness repeatedly on the journey along the winding road to get to the top/over the mountain of hurt. Even though they show a lot of darkness I hoped to show that there are better times ahead, I was trying to paint something that shows there is hope for someone who's at the start on their journey. -Ines

about the artist.
Ines, aka forward tumble, is a 42 year old mother of Fionn who died before he was born in June 2008. After a year of serious illness, she is learning to live her life without her child.

In Ines’ words, “While art and creativity has always somewhat been part of my life, I used to take a lot of pictures (still do) to capture the beauty of life. I have recently discovered art as a new way of expressing and releasing parts of me from within. I now pursue art in a more deliberate way because it seems to cleanse/liberate me which helps both in my grieving and life in general.”

Ines lives in rural Ireland in a house in a big field two miles from the sea. She maintains a number of blogs: forward tumble; daily forward tumble, chronicling her Creative Everyday Challenge; Fionn, a blog about her son; and tunnel time, a blog about growing vegetables in a poly tunnel in Ireland.


  1. What a great painting, it very much captures the feeling. Love it.

  2. Ines, I love what you've represented here -- that we pass into and out of the light over and over. I like to think that the periods of darkness are getting shorter over time (and choose to ignore the fact that the light does, too...).

  3. What a fabulous painting Ines ... and what you are trying to represent in the painting is so true. xx

  4. thank you for your comments, hoping you are all on the sunny side of the mountain...


  5. i love this. exactly right. xo

  6. Ines - Thank you. I am at the beginning. It is a very dark and lonely place. This makes it less lonely. Thank you for taking on a bit of a mentorship role. I hate the dark, but sometimes the thought of the light hurts, too.

  7. Very true Cynthia there were time were I resented the mere thought of life and happiness because I was so devastated and angry and broke.


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