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Unfinished Portrait

Henny van Dijk Rooijakkers

It's almost a year ago that my beloved mother-in- law passed away.
I started an oil portrait of her, but never got to finish it.
I will soon.

At the blowing of the wind and the chill of the Winter,
We remember You.

At the opening of the buds and in the rebirth of Spring,
We remember You.

At the blueness of the skies and in the warmth of Summer,
We remember You.

At the rustling of the leaves and in the beauty of Autumn,
We remember You.

At the beginning of the year and when it ends,
We remember You.

When we are weary and in need of strength,
We remember You.

When we're lost and sick of heart, We remember You.

When we have joy we crave to share,
We remember You.

When we have decisions that are difficult to make,
We remember You.

When we have achievements that are based on yours,
We remember You.

As long as we live, you will live
for you are now part of us
As we remember You.

Copyright Olga van Dijk 2©1©
This is another OLGartsProduction ©2 010


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Anonymous Guest (IP: 12 Sep 2010

U r almost finished!She just needs her pretty eyes!

Calvin McFarlane 09 Sep 2010

wonderful remembrance...she has a a lovely smile

Annette Labedzki 08 Sep 2010

she looks like a very sweet lady!

Artist Reply: yes she was......

Beatrix Jahn 08 Sep 2010

How beautiful, Olga! Oh we miss them, dont we!!! And yes, they remain part of us and live on in us and our memory! A beautiful tribute! xoxox

Jan van Baarle 08 Sep 2010


Marika Antal 08 Sep 2010


H RENARD 08 Sep 2010

This is meaningful art. You've really raised the bar.This is what art is all about...just beautiful.


Very moving beautiful poem and tribute to your Mother-in-law! So sorry for your Great Loss,my Friend..I remember you sharing about her health...Beautiful work of art with a great likeness.The eyes are the windows to the soul..I'm sure it will be a precious treasure for you and your family when finished!Thanks for sharing!Hugs Dee&David

Izabella Pavlushko 08 Sep 2010

It's going to be a very beatiful and moving portrait, Olga ! Good Luck in finishing it. Of course it's my POD !

Artist Reply: ahhhww.... so grateful for the POD... thank you my friend!!

KC CHANG 07 Sep 2010


Debbie Shirley 07 Sep 2010

Sorry - forgot to sign in- the comment below is from me ;-)

Anonymous Guest (IP: 07 Sep 2010

Wonderful tribute - great portrait!

Sigridur Bachmann 07 Sep 2010

Very fantastic and exciting portrait work and colors my friend !

Aqua1955 07 Sep 2010

A great tribute in the way of speaking and feeling in Art

Joan Wulff 07 Sep 2010

Good start, can't wait too see it done!

Caballero Salguero 07 Sep 2010

My friend Olga and family, great tribute,this painting is very different to the photograph, is you style,error me, sorry....the portrait is wonderful, José

Robin Foss 07 Sep 2010

Very well done so fare.

Shakeh Sarookhanian 07 Sep 2010

The colors and everything in this painting is brilliant and wonderful and live.Almost finished if you could paint the eyes and it will be perfect..

Frank Maguire 06 Sep 2010

I can see that you are right on the button. so far.

ruth sears 06 Sep 2010

looks to be coming along nicely,very good likeness of the lady.

LouAnn Knight 06 Sep 2010

Ah ha, once you get those twinkling eyes finished then you will have her forever!! What a beautiful tribute you've done.. and the ODE is beautiful too!!!

Cathy Jones 06 Sep 2010

This is such a FANTASTIC work Olga! A beautiful sweet portrait in her remembrance!

Ann Fawssett-Atkin 06 Sep 2010

Very very well done Olga...look forward to seeing the finished portrait... I think not a lot more is needed

Bev Chudey 06 Sep 2010

Wonderful tribute and start to this portrait Olga!

Anneke Hut 06 Sep 2010

What a sweet lady and beautiful tribute!!

Nelly van Nieuwenhuijzen 06 Sep 2010

love this unfinished work . the light on her closed eyes is wonderful. she seems to dream away here in her happiness, endless happiness.

Artist Reply: Dank je wel lieve Nelly voor je warme commentaar!

marie-claire gallet 06 Sep 2010

A very touching and wonderful tribute to your mother !

Maria Anna Machado 06 Sep 2010

fantastic portrait...beautiful words...

Sharon Gonzalez 06 Sep 2010


Anonymous Guest (IP: 06 Sep 2010

Yes.. Ani, Nira again

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Nira Dabush 06 Sep 2010

outstanding work, Olga.. Perhaps there's a reason, her eYes are closed here, in this step... Love your work. Waiting to sEE the end result.

Artist Reply: Thank you Nira! And a happy New Year for you and yours!

Sjon Wingelaar 06 Sep 2010

Een prachtige herinnering in olie neergezet door jou van een fantastische vrouw! Groet, Sjon