It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything. At the beginning of the year, Dad was hospitalized for breathing problems and after going back to his care facility his cognitive abilities worsened. He is now in a care unit that focuses on end of life care for dementia patients not far from our home. Hospice is also part of his care team. Dad is winding down. I doubt he will live another year. Even when you know that’s how the disease progresses, it’s still hard.
To cope with Dad’s decline and the arctic weather we’ve been having, I’ve been working on the studio to continue to get it up to speed, as well as working on calligraphy. That is a skill set that both is interesting and gives me a wider variety of mark making for other artwork. It has led into what may end up as a painting series. We will see.
Mike and I squeezed in a short trip to Texas to see my sister-in-law. Both to give her some fragile items too delicate to mail and to bring her up to date on Dad in person rather than through an email or by phone.
In regards to the studio, my hope is to start an artists’ fellowship soon. A safe place for area artists of faith to meet, share, pray, and build a tribe. Every time it seems to get close, something happens to derail it. But I continue to press on.
We’ll see what the following months bring. In the meantime, check out the book page and tell your friends!
Donna Kemper put aside her art career to care for a mother she hadn't seen in over a decade. For seven years she followed her mother's journey into dementia, caring for her and putting forgiveness into action.