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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.
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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]
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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.

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SeigeEh Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2014
You remind me always, how lucky I am and how grateful I must be for those I love.  Thank you.  It's a beautiful tribute.  May your spirit be uplifted by all those who wish you comfort.
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Tammara Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2015
Thank you.:hug:
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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.
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Tammara Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014
I love you.:hug:
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:iconsteppeland:
steppeland Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014   Photographer
Love you too, dear! :love:
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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.
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:icontammara:
Tammara Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013
Thank you.:)
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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>
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:iconpixeloclast:
pixeloclast Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012   Digital Artist
you are a very talented and genuine artist.
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:iconsteppeland:
steppeland Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012   Photographer
:heart:
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:iconnear000:
near000 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great work!
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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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susanaprats Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012   Digital Artist
:rose:
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susanaprats Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012   Digital Artist
A very good work
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Elchanan Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful work!:hug:
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:icontammara:
Tammara Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012
Thank you.:hug:
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Elchanan Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You are welcome!:hug:
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Avalon-Angel Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This brought tears to my eyes. I am so sorry for your loss. No parent should have to outlive their child. Sadly I will outlive all my "fur children."
This is a beautiful piece. As someone who has Viking ancestry, this feels very real, very Viking-y....I don't know if that makes sense. lol. But this looks so real. The ocean waves in the background look so striking and They at once look ominous, yet I feel such excitement at the sence of an upcoming storm. I can almost sence the ozone in the air and anticipate the lightning that will strike. The ships have a feel of.... They feel like racehorses at the starting gate, waiting for the bell to ring. The anticipation and sense of frustration at being tethered when they want to fly.
Overall, this peice is absolutely beautiful, stunning, and a master peice.
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:icontammara:
Tammara Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012
Thank you so much!
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Avalon-Angel Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You are most welcome. I believe that your son would have loved this, and you did him justice. :) I know that doesn't change the fact that he's gone, but you'll always have something to remember him by. This is a wonderful piece and you should be very proud of it. :)
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Tammara Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012
:hug:
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Maestro74 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
amazing work!
very touching..
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:icontammara:
Tammara Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2012
Thank you.:heart:
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lookthroughyoureyes Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow. This is very touching and the painting is so amazing that I can hardly take my eyes off it. You are a gifted artist and have a beautiful talent, but the glimpse into your heart and the power of a mother's love and capturing it in such glorious art is truly the masterpiece.

Thank you for the watch as well. It means a lot.
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:icontammara:
Tammara Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2012
Thank you very much for your lovely kind words.:love:
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Paulakaye Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2011
Very beautiful, Tamara! I love it!
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:icontammara:
Tammara Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011
Thank you very much.:love:
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morningstarskid Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautiful dedication..A Mother's Love shines...:sun:
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:icontammara:
Tammara Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011
Thank you very much.:love:
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morningstarskid Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
You're welcome!:hug:
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dylazuna Featured By Owner May 17, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I thought this was a beautiful painting even before I read your words, and they make it an even more beautiful and wonderful creation.

I was drawn to the piece by the reality of his face and eyes. They totally draw you into the piece which is full of emotion. He looks so determined, strong and handsome, with that far away look in his eye that imagines what might be at the end of his journey.

It is a stunning and worthy tribute to your son. Thank you so much for sharing.
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:icontammara:
Tammara Featured By Owner May 18, 2011
Thank you so much for your very sensitive and kind comment.:hug:
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dylazuna Featured By Owner May 19, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your welcome :hug:
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AP1708 Featured By Owner May 17, 2011  Student Photographer
this piece is wonderful
i really had to cry when i read the story behind it
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:icontammara:
Tammara Featured By Owner May 17, 2011
Thank you.:love:

P.S. I'm sorry I made you cry.:hug:
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AP1708 Featured By Owner May 18, 2011  Student Photographer
you're welcome
it's a sad story... so don't apologize
:hug:
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BrittBrattStudios Featured By Owner May 9, 2011  Student General Artist
those shis where of the time period of the atlanteans and at that time there where also vikings he looks much like an old soul but i can see he is a very kind gentle and a loving kind of person i can tell he puts others befor himself and has a kind spirit i feel he may have a connection with those times maybe he was a viking once and that is why you see him that way i think he also even though on the other side he knows you did this painting for him and i think he feels that its your way of getting to see him all the time and keeps him in your heart and every thought i also think that he would say that you did an awesome and amazing job on this picture and that you captured his soul and personality very well and that the ocean looks beautiful and that he is thankful he had you to support him along his journey...


i too think this is a great tribute to your son i can see that you truely love and miss him and that he has inspired you alot in your life time as your son... im sorry for your loss ,and i love this painting you really know how to capture people especially your loved ones and it does send tears to my eye just to see how much love work and dedication you put into this painting and how lovely it turned out .. stay blessed with your talent and gift.
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Tammara Featured By Owner May 9, 2011
Thank you very much for your thoughtful, insightful and sensitive comment. It means a lot to me.:hug:
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BrittBrattStudios Featured By Owner May 10, 2011  Student General Artist
your welcome
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Sherrys-Camera Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Just a gorgeous man and the viking setting fits his natural look like a glove. I am deeply sorry for your loss and can see the love you have for him in the details of this painting! He is not gone, he has just gone ahead and you will see him again. That is how I believe anyway.
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Tammara Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2011
Thank you so much for your kind and sensitive words.:hug: I believe I will see him again too.
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Sherrys-Camera Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
I came back to see this again. There is a haunting....not scary, but something that pulls the viewer into the painting, expecting to see something they missed the first time, the second time, they soaked in this painting. Today I see the look in his eyes...as though he were seeing something far in the distance and something good, something wanted and longed for. In his eyes there is seriousness but yet I see that whatever he is looking toward, is something he is glad to see.
There is a slight smile in the eyes and even though his face is covered by the beard, I think I see a faint smile hiding there. I see gentleness, strength, goodness and good character...a man's man. And wisdom.

I absolutely love this painting...can you tell?
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:icontammara:
Tammara Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2011
What a lovely thing to say! You described my son perfectly. Thank you.:glomp:
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DarkDollArt Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
this is so beautiful
it makes me cry
you realy caught me with this painting and the story behind it
but your son, your dearest, is so beautiful
and i feel so sorry for you
losing a child is a wound that will never ever heal
if i may ask, and you dont have to answer, please dont take me wrong for asking;
what was the cause of his death....and how old was he....
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:icontammara:
Tammara Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2011
Thank you. I don't mind you asking. He died having a seizure while he slept. He had just turned 27. He had always lived with me because of his seizures so I got to see him everyday, I miss that very much.
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DarkDollArt Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
i feel so sorry for you
and i wish you all the strength for the future
one of the ways is to share your art wih your son in it;-)
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:icontammara:
Tammara Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2011
Thank you.:hug:
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DarkDollArt Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
your welcome;-)
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Child7 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2011
:iconbigheartplz::icongrouphugplz:
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Tammara Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2011
:hug:
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