And I read about your father, and I'm very sorry you had to spend this Christmas without him. I know it must have been and continues to be very hard for you and your family. It's good to know, however, that you've reached a point where you can grieve artistically. In my opinion, that's how you create wonderful art with sincerity and character in it, much like the simplistic beauty of this picture.
My belated and sincere apologies for the loss, and my thoughts and prayers with you and your family
Aw, that's really difficult. Sorry to hear about your loss. My parents got divorced not too long ago (it was a rather messy separation) and so my sister and I have been through similar situations. It's definitely not the same as losing a parent, but it still changes the way holidays are perceived and celebrated. Hope you had a good holiday in spite of the sadness.
I lost my father in late August, so it isn't an entirely fresh wound but lately I've been feeling like if I don't do something (other than crying) to express it that I'm just going to burst. So I drew this up early this morning when I felt like I was going to explode. Christmas was my dad's favorite holiday. He looked exactly like Santa Claus and was still considered to be the actual Santa by my much younger cousins. I knew when I was very young that the story of Santa wasn't real, but I knew that my dad had a big heart and he always spoiled us at Christmas and loved decorating the house, playing the Christmas records, picking out the tree, etc. He used to say that the spirit of Christmas was in everyone's heart and I think it was in his more than a lot of others'. This year felt a bit hollow knowing that my mom would be spending Christmas with neighbors instead of with my dad. I did have a nice Christmas with my husband's family, though, so that lifted my spirits for a while.