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Blues for Mama by nimra Blues for Mama by nimra
Blues for Mama

30” x 40” Graphite drawing on Acid Free Illustration Board

I will miss this very “look” the look that confirmed she was very proud of my artistic achievements but more than that, she was proud of the man I’ve become. I will miss, the love she had for my little boy Ean, he was so special to her and gave her a chance to see life again from the eyes of a child, where all things are possible and fantasies become real once more. I will miss the special relationship that can only be achieved between a son and his mother, the trust and un-judgmental faith we had in each other. I will miss her gentle nature, a kind, positive woman who lived by the basic code of loving her fellow humans.


About the drawing:

Three weeks after her death I started this drawing; it’s been an emotional roller coaster of unimagined lows and highs. When her first eye was completed I felt her presence, when the face was finished it almost knocked me over with grief and yet there was the reassurance of her watching over me, sitting on my shoulder. The background was unyielding in its symbolism and intensity, the flowers that she always wanted me to draw but never got around to, patterns her blouse. The rose silhouettes carved in the aging stonewall, speak of a commemorative wall of ageless markings, and finally the moon filled with personal symbolism addressing amongst other things birth, life, death…and rebirth. My hope that this drawing would be cathartic was not to be, but now that this is completed maybe I will attain some inner peace, after all she still sits on that shoulder.


PS thank you all for watching this wip, I appreciate all the kind comments and especially the great questions. It took a long time, but there were no short cuts.
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Reinhard1 Featured By Owner May 8, 2011
Armin, this has to be one of the most tender and honest way I have heard or read saying 'Ma, I love you and thanks so much for all you did for me'.
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nimra Featured By Owner May 8, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
no problem my friend and thank you!
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Kristelok Featured By Owner May 8, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You did such a great job in this one, very impressive! It's amazing, and it's so nice that you drew her, it has a lot of emotion in it. You are great.
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Autumn-Sacura Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
There is so much gentleness and love in this work...
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Shelfcloud Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Reviewing this sometimes...

I still think this is your most powerful (emotional) piece towards me. And reading your story is very sad, yet intriguing. Your story is told through your artistic journey out of passion. They can say what they want, but that says enough for me. I know she would have been in awe and very proud. I darn know she should...


I honestly don't know why I said it now... Don't ask... Just felt like doing so.
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nimra Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
this is a work that i never thought would be even looked at, after all its just an old lady standing by a strange wall but it has transcended all of that. People see their mothers in this even if i say nothing about it, well the title Blues for Mama gives a strong hint. Thanks Mike that means a lot to me

Armin
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Shelfcloud Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome /\\\,

I never thought of that actually... When I saw this in the first time I was thinking "in memorial". The background empowers the ancient roses on classic rock. The moon implies "sleep well"; that was the first thought as well. It translates through the expression somehow and adds alot of power.

To be honest I don't have such connection with my mom as you had with your mother, but I can feel how it should be. A shame for me personally, but then your drawing makes this sort of personal for me too that way.

But no, I never thought it was "just an old lady". More like: "The lucky person who was drawn that way". After reading I found out it was about your mom.

So you're working on a new one?
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nimra Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
i am mike a portrait called, hell i cant name them early i alaways change them anyway.....hehehe
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Shelfcloud Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
A portrait of me??? You waste your time :D
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nimra Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
close another dutch guy actuality its very very northern Renascence
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Shelfcloud Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Phew...
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Beverly22 Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2010
my....
IT LOOKS LIKE A PHOTOGRAPHY
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TheEgyptianOne Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2010
HOLLY SHIT!!!! dude how did u do this?
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bonitataylor Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
wow it seems from your artists comments your mother was a wonderful person and a great mother!
I absolutely love your drawing!
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Ariana-Spirit Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2010
This picture has so much emotion in it, she looks really kind and her eyes are so warm and have so much knowledge.I'm really sorry about your Mum, but she is watching over you,I'm sure of that.
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nimra Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
she was a very kind and giving woman and yes if feel her presents thank you
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veronique72 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2009
i'm sorry...i bet she wouldve loved the drawing! I do anyway, its brilliant
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CallieFink Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i have to say that's one of the most amazing drawings ive ever seen in my life. the detail, everything in this drawing is utterly perfect. not only is the picture beautiful, but i love how you captured the symbolism in this work. sorry to hear about the loss, may she rest in piece, :aww:
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nimra Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
thank you so much for the good words, and yes may she rest in piece!
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williamleafe Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2009   Traditional Artist
Simply beautiful. Every deatil is crisp and perfect. Well done!
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juicethehedgehog Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2009  Student General Artist
you even got the reflection through the glasses spot on!
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Selina-Mei Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
this is perfect, just so wonderful.

I admire you, really I do.
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Artriper Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
WOW this is very amazing! very stunning art work! good job ! ^^
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simplyart61 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
speechless.... a master! the best artist around
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artbum1978 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm floored again..and in tears. What a wonderful and beautiful tribute to a lovely lady.
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andydeek Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2009
Your words put a tear in my eye. I am sure your mom would have loved this so much.
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PaP-f Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2009
the drawing really shows the character you describe
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zombielocky Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2009
This picture is amazing, i can see and feel the love you put into it. Such a loving smile. I am sorry for your loss, i can’t even imagine the pain.
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Triluna Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2009
I know this one, I've commented it 1,5 year ago. For me this is to me the most vibrant piece of them all. The lightplay causes a in memory-mood that is phenomenal and the softness unleveled. I've learned alot from the result just by letting it engulf me :).
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EmilybytheSea Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2008
this is so stunning, and very very moving. you have captured your mother's essence on paper, yet there is still so much left of her that'll always live in your heart. I applaud the depth and unique intensity of your work.
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djRimzi Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2008
I am speechless. As I type this I find transfixed in the emotion that you have in your wording as mush as the passion, love and devotion within the portrait (speaks such volumes).

Sadece guzel (simply beautiful).

... I know all to well the loss of a parent. My Father passed away and there is not a day that goes by that I do not miss him. *sigh*

Thank you for sharing such a personal part of yourself with all of us.

You are beautiful. I thank you for being you. :butterflytwo:
As long there is love... there is life. :hug:
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djRimzi Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2008
... sorry typo. :)

As I type this I find 'myself' transfixed in the the emotion......
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Ladean Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2008
description made me cry. beautiful piece and words
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anja-cullen Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2008
Like a picture . Beautiful
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JaneyIsabell Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2008
I have no words that could possibly begin to explain how beautiful that is. Are you COMPLETELY sure it's not a photography? O_o
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nimra Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
It’s been two years ago and I still miss you so much, you used to follow all my wips, in my heart I still imagine you do. Love Armin
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LasCrucesJail Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2008
i'm speechless.
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WinterRose31 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2008
I really appreciate this drawing, not just because of the wonderful artwork behind it, but because I can relate to it. My father died last November. He had lung cancer and took his last breath in his living room with me, my mom and my sister-in-law standing around him. I have a photograph I took of him 6 months before he died (before we even knew he was sick) and I've been trying to get myself to draw it. I'm waiting for a couple of reasons. One, I'd like to get better at drawing first. But mainly, it's because whenever I draw somebody thoughts of them flood my mind the whole time I'm drawing. The pain of losing him is still too raw and I don't think I'm ready to face all of those thoughts.

With that in mind, I can understand how hard this would have been for you to draw, especially so soon after her passing.
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ain-al-farashi Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2008
wow, o.o.... just beautiful.
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deepdownartist Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2008
Your picture is beautiful, it is hard losing a loved one. You really showed passion in this drawing. I only wish I could draw this well, amazing!
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nimra Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
yes it is and thank you

Armin
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Arandomnick Featured By Owner May 15, 2008
This drawing not only posseses supreme techique but also is a jewel among most of the superficial "art" I had the chance to see here during these years. I can freely say that this drawing transends what is considered to be a standard for deviantart and it had become one of the rare peices that truly impaced me.

Bravo!
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nimra Featured By Owner May 15, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Stefan your words mean a lot, thank you!

Armin
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Wilya12 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Both words and drawing are simply amazing. Im in japan for one year, and your description just make me cry thinking of my parents that are waiting for me in Canada... The words you used are so stunning, i cant wait to see them again... You wont see your mother again, it is so sad but the great work you put in this homage to her (sorry for my bad english :() must mean so much for her, im sure she is even more proud since you drawed it/ Touching so many people's hearts and being able to take on this loss and go on living, still doing what you like the most. It is really courage.

Continue your amazing work, writting such beautiful descriptions, explainning your emotions while drawing.

:hug:
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nimra Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you for the good words! As much as I miss her I feel a sense of comfort that she continues to live within me. The drawing was cathartic in many ways, art is a healing process.

PS your English is fine!

Thanks again

Armin
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squeakywheel Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2008
thats awsome...i LOVE the detail! geeze you deserve some treats! such as a snickers bar or maybe some cotton candy!
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nimra Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
I’m on a diet, how about a nice carrot..

/\\\
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squeakywheel Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2008
sounds good...i love carrots! =*P
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