This time of year I become even more reflective than usual and like to take time to show appreciation for the things that make the world wonderful. This Christmas it is time to celebrate my sister! She is eleven months younger than I am, but in May we are the same age for two days short of a month! We used to have a great time teasing people when they would ask how old we were. We would tell them that we were the same age, but were not twins. They would often go away wondering how that could be!
I have already featured one piece of art that I created for her in my last post. This is the second piece that I finished today. It is a celebration of all of the things my sister does to make this a wonderful world for others! She volunteers for her sons' hockey and football teams, their schools and her husband's football team too! She never hesitates to make the load of others lighter.
My sister is a fabulous cook and is always experimenting to make amazing food that makes our tummy's giggle with delight.
Her generosity does not end with humans, she is always looking out for the well being of animals. She often invites the neighbour's dog over for a play date because she knows it will be lonely at home when its owners are away at work.
Each Christmas she fusses and frets over making a Christmas decoration for each family member to hang on their trees, beef jerky, nuts and bolts and many other goodies for each family member. My sister has a knack of making the twinkle in others' eyes sparkle with her humour. She makes the world a better and wonderful place with her love and kindness.
For the first layer, I have used the sheet music for "A Wonderful World", a quote from Anne of Green Gables, where Anne is showing gratitude for being alive in this lovely world, and a letter of gratitude that I wrote to my sister. After painting several layers of blue, and using modeling paste to add texture, I decided to treat the canvas as a letter and hand write a letter in white. I also added some relevant quotes about making the world a better place. Finally, I used my antique typewriter to write a final compliment to her.
I hope she realizes how special the world is with her in it!