Saturday, May 04, 2013

"Farewell, Yume"

It's been three years, three months, and 6 days. On that cold February night, I woke up to the sound of you fighting for your last breath. If I close my eyes, I can still picture that moment: me, calling out your name over and over again. I had never felt so powerless in my life.  You, fragile and lifeless on my bed, your golden eyes being swallowed gradually by darkness. 

Death embraced you and took away your pain.
You were gone.
This is a piece dedicated to my tuxedo cat, Yume. I didn't have the heart to paint her after she died. Too painful, I guess. But when Illustration Friday presented the topic of "Farewell" and "Tribute,"  I couldn't get this image out of my head.

This is the moment Yume's spirit gives her farewell and becomes a star, but not before she whispers, "I will always be your grumpy cat, Jenny. Thank you for loving me." 

   As a tribute to Yume's memory, she will feature in her own mini adventures and cross paths with my character, Anila, from time to time.
Farewell, Yume, Mixed Media on Strathmore Watercolor Paper.
© Jenny De La Torre 2013

Love you, always.

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