10 July 2007

Too soon...



In July 2003 I attended the Bathurst Winter Art School (on an Emerging Artist Grant), and spent a wonderful week in a mixed media workshop at Charles Sturt University. I lived on campus in a student house, along with about 7 other artists. My house held the 'New Zealand contingent' - and amongst them was Jan. She and I became firm friends - we were both doing the mixed media class, had a very similar sense of humour (irreverent and silly), and we both loved cryptic crosswords. She created striking abstract artworks (one of the hardest branches of art to master).

We've stayed in touch over the past 4 years. I introduced her to Iris, a Canberran artist friend who moved to New Zealand and became Jan's friend too. Only a few weeks ago she emailed me a funny story, and hoped "the crossword business is picking up."

I've just heard that Jan died in an accident on Sunday. It's unbelievable that she's gone - such a vibrant, funny, creative woman. I will miss her terribly, as I know her family and NZ friends will even more.

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  1. Jejune, I'm really sorry to hear this - hope you are doing ok. Sending you hugs through the internets.

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  2. So sorry to hear of the death of your friend. (((((Hugs)))))))

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  3. As I said to you earlier, I'm so very sorry. I never know what to say in these instances but you know where I am.

    Hugs
    xo

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  4. What a dreadfully sad story but thank you for sharing it. Life can be so appallingly unfair sometimes.

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  5. I'm so sorry to hear that. *hugs* Hope you're alright.

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  6. I'm so sorry to hear you have lost a friend. It's never easy, but I hope the treasured memories of this friendship will lift your spirits and help you smile again.

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  7. I'm sorry Jejune :( hang in there. I'm around if you need someone.
    xox

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  8. I'm so sorry to hear this. Remember the happy times.

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  9. Memory will keep her spirit alive.

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  10. Friends are the family we make for ourselves.

    Sorry you lost a family member yesterday.

    Will pray...

    Blessings!

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  11. Sorry to hear about Jan's passing ...

    Your post is a sad but sweet tribute to Jan and the special connection you two had.

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  12. How horrible! I am so sorry!

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  13. I'm so very sorry to hear this news - especially sad that it was such a full creative life cut short.

    Our thoughts are with you. Hugs xo

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  14. just adding my voice to say the same thing. I'm so sorry to hear your sad news.

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