This week a friend asked me to create a sympathy card for him to give to a friend who had lost her father, a “sort of” believer. My friend commented that the one I painted for a mutual friend, who lost his sister, would be perfect. In fact he wanted the card to be “just like that one”. Hum. I have never been challenged with creating a duplicate of one of my paintings.
I accepted that challenge and both I and my customer were very pleased. The name of the painting, shown below, is “Coming Home”. Please click on it to enlarge. The scene is from a photograph a friend sent me when she traveled through the Armenian Quarter of Old Jerusalem.
Today, April 24, is the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide at the hands of the Muslim Ottoman Empire in Turkey. 1.5 million Christian Armenians were killed by the Turks during the first genocide of the 20th century in this horrific Ottoman caliphate. Chillingly these long ago Christians were told, ‘If you embrace the Islamic religion you will all be saved. If you don’t, you will all be killed.’
Click to Enlarge – Watercolor and Ink