Thursday, January 27, 2011

Claude Coats Print

When I started blogging, it was with the idea that it would be a great photo journal for me.  I do write a family letter every month, so our lives are documented (using our real names) that gets sent to family and friends but blogging is a different way to record and document events in my life.  And, for my younger relatives, (who "get" blogging), they follow the blog and I think just delete the family letters I send out.  (Again, it is journaling and I get how some people really don't care how my four year old pronounces certain words.)

What I didn't foresee when I started blogging was how I would connect to with new friends and actually establish relationships with people, many of whom I have never met.   That part of it seemed somewhat creepy to me and while like everyone who blogs, I spied on many blogs (being fascinated by these strangers lives from a safe distance), I never commented.  That changed, when a friend e-mailed me and told me to check out Lisa's blog.  She is the mother of three children, one who is disabled.  I read her story and it moved me so much, I commented on her blog and let her know how impressed I was by her as a mother and wife.  Honestly, rarely have I read a blog and been so impressed by two parents and their love and devotion to each other and their children.

As I followed her blog, she mentioned her brother, her brother, whom I "knew."  He and I were at BYU together, same freshman year, same dorms and we had common friends.  And, Lisa and her brother were raised in the same area of California and attended the same church as some other friends of mine.  Small world!  Well, these two amazing people had an amazing grandfather, who was an artist and "creative force" in the Walt Disney company.   He was close friends with Walt Disney and his "hand" is all over the art in Disney.  Read about him here.

And, this leads into me showing this print.  I saw it on the Claude Coats web-site and knew I had to have it.  My house is all in blues, with hints of red and green everywhere else.  If I had asked someone to design a picture for my house, it would be this.  I love snow. I love winter.  I love art.  And thus, I now own this. And, to make it even better, I know the people related to the man who created this.  Thank you blogging.  Thank you Lisa and David.  And thank you Claude Coats.  Your work still moves people.

7 comments:

The Donald said...

That is an awesome post. I just read this post for Lisa while she waits with IV in hand for her surgery to start. She loved it and is so happy that you like the print!

David said...

thanks janice, that's really nice!

Alissa said...

Beautiful print. It will look great in your house.

Kari said...

What a great story! I already knew how much you love snow--but you even want it on your walls! It's a fun print that will start lots of conversations.

michelle said...

Fabulous print! Blogging is a strange phenomenon isn't it? I still can't get over my "imaginary friends" as my husband calls them. But it really has enhanced my life. So glad you are one of them!

Lisa said...

Donald read this to me right before they wheeled me off to surgery and it was just about the nicest thing I have ever heard!

Thank you so much Janice. I hope you enjoy the print and that it will bring you years and years of happiness as it hangs on the wall in your home.

love.boxes said...

I am just so glad that this is in your home Janice. I love winter too.. (it's that Viking blood ;) But, this is just stunning and it's perfect for you! I love it!!!