Watching Over You

© Laura E. Swan

Watching Over You

Tiia Vissak 7/8/2012 12:50:00 AM

a wonderful dedication! #1473637

Kirsten Kiki Kjaer 7/8/2012 1:40:44 AM

Wonderful Wonderful Wonderful, Sister.

Laura E. Swan 7/8/2012 2:06:50 AM

Thank you ladies. This was a beautiful garden statue in Oregon. I took this shot last October and have been waiting to use it. I'm just sorry it was over my Daddy's passing but I guess it was meant to be, so here it is! :)

Many Thanks and Night Night! 3am here! Yikes!!! I'll be back to gallery visit after I get some rest.

SSSLala :D


Kirsten Kiki Kjaer 7/8/2012 2:25:19 AM

I was just thinking about something Albert Einstein is supposed to have said:
"Creativity is intelligence having fun".

But maybe he forgot that creativity is also one of the best ways to express feelings.

I know how precious your Dad was to you and how much you loved him. And this is a wonderful way of showing your love for him. And I'm sure he's very very proud of you.

Have a wonderful sleep now. Night Night, Sweety. #10219219

Debbie Bray 7/8/2012 3:04:00 AM

I LOVE it, Laura-Lou! And I also like the pic of your Dad in healthier times, a pic that I bet is really cherished! This is a nice memoriam to him, of his handsome smiling face looking directly at the camera. 10 days, wow, that is incredible, but a long 10 days, don't you think? Best wishes, LalaLuLu!! #10219253

Jeff Robinson 7/8/2012 3:15:37 AM

This is Wonderful Laura - My very best to you during this time..... #10219268

Mary K. Robison 7/8/2012 4:50:50 AM

Pom, I can see your Dad nudging his new buddies Upstairs, and hear him saying, "That's MY girl ~ the one with all the talent. She created that beautiful image just for ME!!" Yes, he's proud, all right. And well he should be.
Take care, my friend, and keep tossing those vitamins down! #10219390

Monnie Ryan 7/8/2012 7:18:35 AM

Beautiful, meaningful image, Laura - we're thinking about you! #10219542

Ellen Hodges 7/8/2012 7:38:12 AM

Fantastic capture with a loving touch, Laura!! Kind thoughts and prayers your way,friend! #10219563

Amanda J. Tanner 7/8/2012 9:51:27 AM

A most heartwarming image Laura! #10219683

Stephen Zacker 7/8/2012 1:18:59 PM

Laura.. this is Beautiful. #10219925

Patricia A. Casey 7/8/2012 2:05:05 PM

Hi Laura.....gee...I'm so sorry for your loss...I miss my Dad too..Keep engaged in your art....that is a wonderful way to stay centered and focused....even while mourning a great physical loss....all my very best wishes to you.....Hugs.... #10219991

John Connolly 7/8/2012 2:34:32 PM

A delightful presentation to perpetuate the memory of your father, Sister Laura! I know you miss him, we are all thinking of you in these sad times! #10220048

Rony Sagy 7/8/2012 4:45:28 PM

What a beautiful way to reconnect with your Dad, Laura. Terrific work. #10220205

Kitty R. Rodehorst-Hanna 7/8/2012 4:46:11 PM

Fabulous work, NL! :-) k #10220206

Tammy Espino 7/8/2012 4:54:49 PM

A wonderful dedication!:) #10220226

Neal D. Hatcher 7/8/2012 8:22:07 PM

A Beautiful dedication to your father #10220507

Heather Loewenhardt 7/8/2012 10:59:09 PM

This is a lovely tribute to your Dad Laura. I am sure he acknowledged your talent and creativity so many times while he was with you. My heart goes out to you at this most difficult time. #10220727

Wm Nosal 7/9/2012 5:00:32 PM

Beautiful Laura!

Laura L. Gonzales 7/9/2012 9:49:02 PM

Another awesome image Em. You are still in my thoughts and prayers! Excellent DD work my friend. Have a restful night :) #10222368

Avril Young 7/10/2012 12:01:04 AM

Such a wonderful tribute to your father Laura...he will be with you always and walk beside you....Beautiful...
warm hugs going your way! #10222442

Reynaldo D. Reyes 7/10/2012 8:11:10 AM

This is so heartfelt Laura, may it comfort you to know that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Take care dear friend! #10223057

Laura E. Swan 7/10/2012 8:57:29 AM

You guys, Thank You so much. Each one of your visits has meant so much to me. It wont be long until the Memorial. I might not be here for a while. I will have to travel to get there.

Thank you for your thoughts, your prayers, your wishes and your kindnesses. I appreciate your comments on this creation too.

Big hugs everyone,
Love Laura #10223150

Terry Cervi 7/10/2012 1:41:16 PM

What a beautiful tribute to your beloved Dad, Laura. Hugs to you. And you did a fantastic job on this creation! #10223533

Lydia Williams 7/10/2012 5:15:54 PM

Dear Laura,
This is wonderful...I love it...and I know dad does too! You've been in my thoughts and prayers...
Hugs, love, Lydia #10223877

Lorna Shutter 7/11/2012 8:20:41 PM

Wow! This is so beautifully put together, Laura! It tells the wonderful story of a daughter and her beloved father ... and the closeness they will always share! He once used his creativity to tell fascinating tales ... you use yours to create beautiful images like this one! I really believe the two of you are still connected and that he is watching over you with pride, Sis! In my heart, I know that you are strong and that all will soon be well! :)

Big hugs Photobucket & Lots of Love Photobucket ,
Dooners #10225959

Laura E. Swan 7/11/2012 11:46:10 PM

I am so touched by all of your comments and your kindness here. There are no hearts like BPers hearts. Just ask Lorna. She filmed them on her "heart cam" above. The love just never ends. :)))

Lorna, you are so right. I was the passenger as we were driving by some beautiful mountains today and I so totally felt my Dad with me. It was beautiful. I felt he was looking at the scenery through my eyes and really at peace enjoying it all. Taking it in. Happy for me to be living near so many gorgeous places. Western Canada and Western USA are so pretty. Truly Gods Country! :)

Big hugs for all and thank you so much! I really love each sincere and loving thing said here. I so much need to hear them at the moment. xo

Ann Coates 7/14/2012 11:44:07 PM

Wow Laura, this is such a powerful image. A beautiful dedication to your dear father. So sorry I haven't been to your gallery much lately. Lots of hugs, Ann. #10229749

Ellen Hodges 7/15/2012 7:35:05 PM

Hope that your trip to the memorial is going well!!! All blessings to you and Dale, Laura!!! #10230873

Chris Ebben 7/16/2012 5:50:28 PM

A beautiful presentation & tribute to the memory of your father, Laura! Know we are all thinking of you in these sad times! Stay safe on your trip & remember, "Keep smiling" =^..^= #10232385

Laura E. Swan 7/21/2012 10:33:24 AM

Thank you Ann, Ellen and Chris. :) Drove part way down to the Memorial (About a third of the way) and had to wait there. The OKAY never came from the Veterans Administration because their computers had been down, so the memorial has been postponed until later. I will fly down after the date has been set.

Thank you all so much for your love and care and kindness. xo
-Laura #10238889

Joannie Bertucci 7/30/2012 11:56:35 AM

Dear Laura, I'm so sorry for your loss and I pray that you and your family have a joyous healing! I was were you are almost 3 years ago with my dad and I still miss him but my hubby and I laugh when we think of him and how something someone does or says reminds us of him! Take care, Joannie #10250571

Chris Ebben 7/30/2012 3:17:54 PM

Joannie, I know what you mean. It is very cold here at the moment & yesterday when at the shops Tony saw a bloke getting around bare-footed & said to me while laughing, he thought of my Dad who would have done the same. The bloke turned out to be the one Dad had sold our house to in 1955. Keep smiling & keep those laughs coming both of you=^..^= #10251960

Fax Sinclair 7/30/2012 4:11:28 PM

Aloha Laura,
Thank you for commenting on my Finalist. That's why I got to see your wonderful art! Wow!
This photo is special. My Mom just passed in that same time frame. And I am trying to make a photo for her. Has to be good. This one really is. Blessings. #10252285

Laura E. Swan 7/30/2012 4:45:18 PM

Hi Joannie, Chris and Fax!

It's so good to see you all! Losing loved ones is so difficult.

I'd love to go back 40 years and be a kid again and be near Dad in his prime.

He was so funny and smart and kind!

Thank you for sharing your stories, too. I wish none of us had to go through this.

Chris, what an amazing coincidence!!

Thanks for all you said about my work, too

-Laura :)


Lisa J. Boulden 7/31/2012 8:25:41 AM

Such a lovely and heartfelt dedication, and subsequent thread.
So beautifully done, Laura.
Your father would be pleased.
I'm so sorry for your loss.
My prayers are with you.
~♥~Lisa #10254696

Kim Andelkovic 8/12/2012 11:00:20 PM

A wonderful image to celebrate your dads life.....awesome work.....and very sorry for you loss. xx #10273692

Laura E. Swan 8/12/2012 11:08:29 PM

Hi Lisa. Hi Kimmy. :)

Two very special ladies bringing a smile to my heart. Lisa I have this strange feeling that my Dad saw this. Just a hunch. :)

Kim, speaking of celebrations of life, we kids have been asked to tell a story or more of Dads life at his memorial. I don't think I can do it. It would be too hard for me to speak...I hope I have the courage to because I do have so many stories I could share of what a great father I had.

Hugs of Thanks to you both and to all who have visited here.

-Laura xo #10273695

Gina M. Savage 8/24/2012 3:44:57 PM

Such a beautiful tribute, Laura. I am so sorry for your loss. You are forever in my heart and prayers sweet lady. #10288653

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I Feel You Near Me Dad.
I Love You.

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It has been ten days since my Father passed away.
I felt like expressing myself tonight.
I hope you like it.
-Laura :)

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F2.8, 1/1000
PSE7 Lasso, Fractalius, Smudge
Digital Image Layering

Exif: F Number: 2.8, Exposure Bias Value: 0.00, ExposureTime: 1/1000 seconds, Flash: did not fire, auto mode, FocalLength: 4.60 mm, Model: Canon PowerShot SD800 IS

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