abstract painting by Denise Hopkins

“Remembrance” 6x6in., oil on canvas


About a week ago, my friend lost her mother-in-law. She shared a beautiful photograph of a sunset from her recent travels and posted it with this message on facebook:

When a soul departs from this world it is both painful and beautiful. Painful for those left behind to mourn, but for the soul approaching their heavenly inheritance, beauty and peace beyond measure. “Eye has not seen, ear has not heard what the Father has prepared for those who love him.”

When I took this picture of a boat sailing into the sunset on the last day of our Mediterranean cruise, I had no idea it would become a visual metaphor for the passing of my beloved mother-in-law the next day…

When I saw the photo, I immediately thought it would make for a beautiful abstract painting. Abstracts are easier when they are based on something real. Today, my friends will bury their loved one, and I could think of no better painting for day 97.