I am not an artist. I can take pictures and I can color inside a line. However, please don’t ask me to draw something because I’m horrible. Art is not a strong suit for me.
The month of May marks three months since Miss ABBA went to puppy heaven and what would have been her 12th birthday. I cherish those wonderful years and when I look at the pictures and when I think of her, a thousand times a day, I smile.
My friends have been great sending wonderful messages our way and thanks to Jewel and Vickie, I have two great pieces of art decorating the sun room walls with love, which was ABBA’s favorite room.
So, if today isn’t Miss ABBA’s birthday or the three-month mark of her trip to “puppy heaven”, then why am I talking so much about my special golden.
Since I’m not an artist, my friend, Kaye, knows someone who is a fantastic artist and took me to meet him. His name is John Kautz. Back in March, Kaye and I went out to lunch together and we stopped at O’Toole Design in Rock Island. I showed John a few pictures of Miss ABBA and we made an appointment to have a piece of ABBA art work done on Friday, April 13th.
It would be the most personal piece of art that I would own and one that would go with me with everywhere and one that I would have until the day I die.
John sketched out the intricate details of Miss ABBA’s face from a picture last fall and once we decided that it captured the image of Miss ABBA that I would cherish forever, it was time to begin the painstaking art project.
Three-and-a-half painful hours later, through blood, but no sweat and tears, it was done.
Body art and getting inked isn’t for everyone. It’s something that I considered back in Salisbury, Maryland, in 2005. At that time, it was going to be a Reba tattoo, but the artist was not comfortable with it being so detailed and that’s all I need to hear. I walked away.
However, I felt it was the time to reconsider because now I had a reason. Miss ABBA, you’ll always be alive in my heart and memories and now I’ll carry your beautiful face with me forever.
John, thank you!