Truly, Truly

Truly, Truly

“I love you truly, truly dear,
Life with its sorrow, life with its tear
Fades into dreams when I feel you are near
For I love you truly, truly dear.”

~ from a 1901 parlor song by Carrie Jacobs-Bond

My friend Leta commissioned this of her beloved pets Harley dog and Callie cat. I photographed them for their portraits when they were both quite elderly – her cat in her 20’s. In meditation with her animals I envisioned Callie in a flower box and I was inspired to paint them in a European setting. It occurred to me that of all the people who would enjoy flowers; it would be Leta who is an herbalist and creator of flower essence remedies. We collaborated on the types of flowers that would most suit her own healing messages. Geraniums, Marigolds, and Zinneas for Joy, and the Trumpet Vine for inner strength. The title came from a name of a song that kept coming to me from a music box my mother loved.

Reference photos: 

Truly Truly Callie Truly Truly Harley

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