Sometimes, it really pays off to be friends with artists.
I am blessed to have an amazing heart family. I have my wonderful husband, who has been my best friend and partner in crime for the last 16 years, and we have our two kids. These are the people I have chosen to be in my life. Almost exactly two years ago, I met my boyfriend. He is, in many ways, the polar opposite of my husband, introverted where Husband is Extroverted, quiet where husband is loud… he is my quiet spot and safe refuge. He has a wife… She is The Other Woman, and she makes the fourth corner of our unique quadrangle. She is one of my very best friends. She siphons off some of Husband’s energy and is Auntie to my kids. She has a beautiful child who goes by Boo and who is like a daughter to me. I also have Moredena. She is my heart-sister. She and I both got dealt pretty lousy blood siblings, and so we decided long ago that we were the sisters we were meant to get instead. She is married to Jirris, and they have a sweet baby boy.
I cannot imagine my life without any of these amazing souls, and I wanted to do something special for them. But how do you show the most important people in your world just what they mean to you?
Well, I am an artist. I like to show people through art. And I knew I wanted something that included our Heart-Family in its entirety.
So, I contacted Lotte, the artist behind the Poly in Pictures comic, and asked if they would be willing to do a portrait of our family, stick-figure style. Lotte and I chatted back and forth via email. They were very patient and accommodating… this was a big project with lots of unique characters and in-jokes. I got to go digging through photos and we finally settled on a background from the Gorge, where our family hikes and picnics quite often.
Most amazingly of all, I kept this whole project a secret from the five other adults for a whole month! Right down to the time I had to pay, and I figured Husband would notice money being Paypal-ed out of the country.
So, here’s our amazing family portrait.
Boyfriend, Moredena, Jirris – with Baby captaining his own little airship, The Other Woman, my daughter, Boo, my Son, Me, my Husband. We are hiking at Angel’s Rest in the Columbia River Gorge.
To families, traditional and non-traditional…To special memories and warm summer days spent hiking… to all the wonderful children I’ve gotten to be Auntie to… To artists and art and love and laughter and yarn and music and Pirates and everything.
And a great big thank you to Lotte… Without whom this family portrait would not have happened.
PS – This was a commissioned piece. If you wish to use this art for whatever reason, it is under the licensing of the artist, AND you have to get my permission as well. Thank you.