Sunday, August 28, 2011

"Somewhere over the Rainbow"

Weston B. Haskell 111 1953-2011

My dear friend Sarah's brother Weston was killed in a tragic accident last week. Her family is devatated by the loss of this amazing man/brother/son/father/uncle and friend. Though, I only met Weston once at a party on the island, I felt as though I had known him forever. It is always hard to know what to do to console people in their grief, except to tell them that you care and that you are there for them if they need you.

I decided to do this portrait of Wes and bring it to the service. I asked Sarah's husband Ben about the polka dot hat and should I use that image as reference and he said "Yes, Wes loved that hat". Sure enough, at the lovely touching service today, over half the people were wearing these crazy polka dot hats while we all sang "Somewhere over the Rainbow"

Some where over the rainbow
Way up high,
There's a land that I heard of
Once in a lullaby.

Somewhere over the rainbow
Skies are blue,
And the dreams that you dare to dream
Really do come true

Someday I'll wish upon a star
And wake up where the clouds are far
Behind me.
Where troubles melt like lemon drops
Away above the chimney tops
That's where you'll find me.

Somewhere over the rainbow
Bluebirds fly.
Birds fly over the rainbow
Why then, oh why can't I?

If happy little bluebirds fly
Beyond the rainbow
Why, oh why can't I?

And then everybody danced to the music of the Fabulous Icons Blues Band and the winds of Hurricane Irene.

Godspeed Weston.


Dan Kent said...

How very sad and tragic. I feel for all of them. Terrible.

I love your portrait, though - I was immediately taken by it, before I read your words. To me it is magnificent in every way - the color blending and overlay, the placement of the loose sections, wonderful! I am sure they will treasure this portrait forever.

Margaret Ann said...

So touching and poignant...a beautiful gesture indeed.

A.Marie said...

A very nice portrait and a wonderful sentiment.

Sandy in Michigan said...

How touching and beautiful! You have given your friends a gift they will treasure.

freebird said...

You gave a very special gift to them. They'll treasure it forever. What a sad reason to give a gift for but it's good you did.

Joan said...

A lovely, touching tribute to your friend's brother and for all who loved him. The music is perfect too.

Sandra said...

What a treasure. Obviously, the hat was perfect. You created a lovely tribute.

Frank said...

Jennifer, this is a lovely portrait and you are so kind to make such a beautiful gesture.

A Brush with Color said...

Oh, Jennifer, I'm tearing up at this--how moving. I imagine his family and friends must be so touched by your painting. So sorry for their loss. Beautiful portrait.

Jim Bumgarner said...

Wonderful tribute, gorgeous portrait! Be proud.

Barbara Weeks said...

Beautiful tribute