Friday, 29 March 2013

A kiss before you go

The book I read this month for the Artful Reader's Club is A kiss before you go by fellow blogger and artist Danny Gregory. The book is an illustrated memoir to his wife Patti who died in a tragic accident. 

I loved the illustrations in this book and felt very saddened reading about Danny's grieving process. It brought back again for me to how short life is and even though I enjoy kissing my loved ones all the time I will be doing it even more from now on. You just never know what is round the corner!

Face 46

20 comments:

Magaly Guerrero said...

Thank you for this. For the colors...

My little brother past away, in a car accident, a month ago. It feels very fresh, I think it always will. I've been writing poetry, and some creative narrative to work through the grieving (keeping it to myself for now). Seeing your reaction to your friend's book makes me feel happy.

His wife is remembered and will always be by anyone who reads his book, and enjoys this kiss.

Okay, I'm off to have myself a little cry. A good one, though ;-)

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

What an incredibly sad story. Grief is something each of us must live through in our own way, and our own timetable. It sounds like the author has found a loving, caring outlet for this process.

You gave us a beautiful artful example of this book. Very charming and appropriate.

Melanie said...

Je hebt een mooie tekening gemaakt naar aanleiding van zo'n verdrietig boek.
Liefs, Melanie

Jez said...

I love your very tender 'pucker up' illustration for the book.
It sounds an incredible book, and one that deserves to be read, but with my darling daughter battling the last stages of brain cancer I just couldn't face it.
Perhaps one day I will read it, and it will probably help me, so I'll put it on the 'to be read' list.
Great review and art.

San @ Made in Hem said...

Poe he, wat een moeilijk boek! Ik ben zo'n emotionele muts die het niet droog kan houden en mezelf helemaal af voel glijden in het verdriet van de ander...
Ik vind je tekening prachtig geworden! ♥
Inlijsten en ophangen om er elke dag even bij stil te staan hoe kort we hier allemaal eigenlijk maar zijn! :)

abby j said...

I know Danny Gregory's work...will have to search for this one. Your illustration is wonderful!

Lisa Graham said...

Sweet illustration Manon. I have visited Gregory's web site before and love his illustrations. I think the first thing I ever saw of his was his art for breakfast video. I didn't know about this book. It looks touching so I ordered one. Thanks for posting about it!

xo

Kim said...

prachtig...

Gina said...

Oh my gosh Manon! You made me cry while hardly saying a word...that simple but beautiful Popje just melted my heart.
A beautiful and sensitive review :D XXX

Pia Rom said...

wanna kiss her back xxxxxx Conny

Darcy said...

such a tragic story, but it must have helped him to write it, love your illustration.

Clare with paint in her hair said...

Love the illustration, the book sounds terribly tear jerking.

Carmen said...

I've read a couple of Danny's books and do love his style. I wonder if I could handle this one... I think it's one I may have to check out.

Love your little puckered up girl :)

Leialoha said...

I so agree with you Manon...life is so short and we need to show those we love how much joy they give us...your little kiss is so sweet! In Hawaii...we 'honi' which means kiss...with aloha.

Jen said...

I bought Danny's book "Creative License" just three weeks ago in London. It has inspired me to start drawing. He is an inspirational man. So sad to hear of lives cut short. I will be looking this book out. Your drawing is super.
Jen x

Jenny said...

Oh Manon... I just checked out Danny's blog... his artwork is amazing... sounds like a sad story but love that it is an illustrated memoir... I've added it to my wishlist... your girl is adorable... love those kissing lips...

Jenny ♥

Janet said...

Such a touching review and a beautiful drawing. It is good that Danny has found a way to grieve and keep his wife's memory fresh and alive.

Janet xx

Shirley said...

Your artwork is a wonderful piece of art made all the more special to have been inspired by one mans story of grief. It is amazing just how we all learn to cope when grief almost consumes us.

Sarah said...

I follow Danny's blog and have watched him go through so much, he's a very strong man to address his grief head on the way he has, and a very talented artist too. As are you. Your artwork is just perfect to remind us to kiss our loved ones while we can....

Catie Cuddles said...

I love your painting and it sounds as though the book is very sad but good to hear it is helping him through his grief.