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The Journey by Tammara The Journey by Tammara
Details of this painting can be found here. [link]

This was named "The journey" because it was an emotional journey for me to paint it, I wasn't even sure I would ever paint again. (This is my son that recently passed away) It also represented his journey in life. It was stormy and rough but he was always on his way to a better place. I wanted to paint my son's face while I still remembered every detail of it. His hair was down to the middle of his back because he grew it and donated it to 'locks of love', an organization that made real hair wigs for children that lost theirs through sickness. and his beard was long because he thought it looked silly to have a clean shaven face with such long hair. The thing I loved the most about him was his eye's. In his case they really were the window to his soul. I painted him as a viking because I always called him "My viking" because of how he looked. I promised I would paint him as a viking but didn't get it done before he passed away. (I'm very sad about this) This painting looks so much like him that I would cry every time I opened it to paint. I added his name on the spear he is holding in runic alphabet. (He would have gotten such a kick out of that) I wasn't sure if I was going to post this, but I wanted all of you to see my son. Please respect that I don't want critique. I don't care if my viking ships are incorrect or that my ocean isn't exactly right. I only cared that I got my Jeremiah's face right, and I did.

This is dedicated to my son Jeremiah. I miss you son.

I used no reference except for the shape of the spear and the runic alphabet.

My Viking,
Your Journey Is Over and Mine Has Just Begun
My Viking,  
Your Journey Is Over and Mine Has Just Begun   
I set before my canvas, trying to keep a promise made in time past.  I see your gentle face before me, its love of life shining through you precious eyes.  I see your smile hidden beneath the determination of taking a new path on your journey that has been placed before you.  I see your giddiness of adventure with the upcoming unknown perils that may be tossed your way.  I see the strength, power, and yet a shyness that flows through you in time of quietness of making decisions.   
My Viking, I must paint what I see at this moment, for my

This beautiful poem that speaks my heart was written by my dear friend Penny :iconhillbillygirl: Please leave her a comment here. [link]

I wanted to state that for the first time ever I didn't add a watermark on my work here because I just couldn't bring myself to put a watermark on my son's face. I'm going to trust that people are basically decent and won't steal this. If not then I feel more pity for you than anger.

The work contained in my gallery is copyright ©Tammara Markegard. All rights reserved. My work may not be reproduced, copied, edited, published, transmitted or uploaded in any way without my written permission. My work does not belong to the public domain.

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steppeland Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013   Photographer
:heart: ... remembering today...: I believe, my friend, that the sound of our chimes will reach Jeremiah, and make him smile... I hope that you will feel the warmth of his embrace, hear the sweetness of his voice, and be comforted by his presence... May your day be filled with love and sweet memories to ease the sadness of your missing him,  and may this give you the strength to move on, and live your life to the full.
Tammara Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014
I love you.:hug:
steppeland Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014   Photographer
Love you too, dear! :love:
lanibb Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It's a beautiful Painting and I am very sorry for your loss. Thank you for sharing the painting with us.
Tammara Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013
Thank you.:)
raven53 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
<font><font class="">Ein wundervolles Bild. Mit großer Ausstrahlung!</font></font>
<font><font class=""><font><font class="">Liebe Grüße von Raven </font></font></font></font>
pixeloclast Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012   Digital Artist
you are a very talented and genuine artist.
steppeland Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012   Photographer
near000 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great work!
sonafoitova Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012
It is very beautiful image and place for it why it was created, love their children as you loved son and am sorry that you lost it and this is the best memory of the most
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