Portrait of Thanksgiving

“If the only prayer you say in your life is ‘thank you,’

that would suffice.” ~ Meister Eckhart

Copyright by JM DiGiacomo 2014

Copyright by JM DiGiacomo 2014

Once again

she touched the emptiness with

a stroke of genius, had

a brush with color, used

her sense of shape and style, portrayed

her imagination with

simplicity and sophistication, and

found her purpose in doing

what she loved

for the sake of being


in everything

she was meant to be.


My mom, June, rarely draws or paints now. At 85 she has reduced mobility and arthritis in her back and hands, but she was determined to create Thanksgiving cards for some family members.

I just had to share the beautiful result of her perseverance: a gift she has given me that I must pass on.


“It is never too late to be what you might have been.” ~ George Eliot

“Do not grow old, no matter how long you live. Never cease to stand like curious children before the Great Mystery into which we were born.” ~ Albert Einstein


If you like my mom’s work, please glance over to the right hand sidebar and towards the top of this blog where there is a link to a 2015 Calendar, Of Two Artists, which features her art and mine – now available at lulu.com.

Happy Thanksgiving

(Thursday, November 27)

to all in the US

and the world.

Gratitude is a most powerful healer.


 donatellasmallest©Artwork and writing, unless otherwise indicated, are the property of Diane M Denton. Please request permission to reproduce or post elsewhere with a link back to bardessdmdenton. Thank you.

10 thoughts on “Portrait of Thanksgiving

  1. Whenever you show us a drawing done by your mother, it is clear where you got your latent from. I am always amazed, as I’ve said a thousand times before, at your artistic talent, and the same goes for your mother. That she can do this at aged 85 is astonishing and very admirable


    • I will tell her, Mary – thank you! I always think my mom has a very natural and easy sense of color ( and style) when she paints – that, as you wrote, it communicates ‘a spirit of truth’. Which, I will add, reflects the person she is.


  2. Diane, what a beautiful painting. Love and gratitude to you and June, for you both and your special talents. Happy Thanksgiving my lovely. ❤ xXXx hugs xXXx


  3. Hi Diane, what a lovely image, your mother and you share such a great talent! It is wonderful she made the illustration in spite of the arthiritis. And the poems says it all. Wishing you both a very nice and peaceful Thanksgiving! {{{ Diane }}} ❤ xxx


    • Hi, {{{Ina}}}, and thank you so much! Yes, my mom’s perseverance is inspiring. Thank you for your lovely wishes – we had a very nice Thanksgiving – quiet with food eating and the best (at least, I had) of company. XO ❤


  4. Oh Diane, please tell your mum a big “wow” from me and congratulations to her for persevering and giving us the pleasure of this fabulous painting! Together with your gentle words plus the inspiring quotes, creates a perfect post for Thanksgiving. The simple first quote really says it all. Love and hugs to both you and your precious mum ❤️❤️ Xx


    • I will let her know how much you like it, Christine. She did another of one of our kitties sitting in a rocking chair, which I will probably post sometime. Otherwise, it had been a long while since she had done any drawing or painting. Thanks so much. Blessings to you and yours. Lots of love and hugs. XO ❤


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