Jan 1, 2010

There is no picture

that can show what a broken heart feels like. There are no words that adequately describe it. I just got word tonight that Tina Wright is losing her battle with cancer and slipping away. Many of you may know her as CollageMojo on flickr or from her blog {glue on my fingers, paint in my hair}. Tina was the first person to leave me a testimonial on my flickr and it meant so much to me then and means so much to me now. She was always available to give me a good quick kick in the pants if I started feeling blah about my work, or life in general for that matter. She wore big girl underpants and was so great at showing the rest of us how to put them on.

She and I were actually working on a little swap project together just as she got the news she had cancer. After a few weeks of adjusting to things, she posted a bit about our project together (here) and there was no way I would have thought anything but that she would kick this cancer thing out to the curb.

But she is part of another masterpiece, bigger than anything we could create here on earth and it appears she is being called to work on that now. Along with a few other thousand people, including her devoted husband and family and other artist friends, I am devastated. My life will not be the same without her here but it never would have been the same without her touching me as she did. That's how people go on after they leave this world, they live on in the ways they changed those around them. She will always be in my heart as a friend and sistah in life, and a little bit of her support and encouragement and spirit that she shared with me will always be in my art.

Added later in the evening . . . I couldn't sleep tonight. I made this. It reads "The strength we have found in our sisters on this journey, remains with us even when we must walk ahead on our own."

Walk Ahead (thinking of Tina)


copyright by Marsha Jorgensen 1/1/10. All rights reserved. You may not copy, print, download, or use this image in any way without my permission.
This is an 8 x 10 collage using a main image from flickr's picassowoman (hand cut and colored with inks and pastel), wings and road from Holliewood Studios at Oscraps.com, a crown from keeperofthenest.etsy.com, and a background from Studio Lorrie at Scrapbookgraphics.com. The group pictures are all from the Library of Congress and the outside border pieces are from Gaby Braun of gaby-cajubrasil.blogspot.com.


Thanks, Becky, for keeping me posted. Hugs to you dear friend. And thinking of you Cindy. I know you both are hurting.
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29 comments:

MaryEllen said...

I'm so very sorry.
I visited Tina's Blog, Etsy shop and Flickr. Her work is beautiful.
Her devotion and appreciation of her husband is so touching.
What a light she is and will continue to be, even though it may not be here. I hope you find comfort.

cindy said...

Marsha, I was going to email you tonight and tell you....I know, my heart is truly breaking. Tina was a generous gal, with her time, her art and her friendship. She will be so missed. She was so tickled to get to work with you, it really meant allot to her.
hugs,
c
yapping cat

Jaime Haney aka ArtsyFartsy.Me said...

so so sad to hear of another lost to cancer. what a lovely post about your friendship and her spirit. she has a higher calling now.

Jamie said...

Thank you for such a lovely post about Tina. My heart breaks for her family. I just caught up on email tonight and I didn't even know she was in the hospital until today. You said it all so well. Love, Jamie

Toni said...

so very sorry for your loss. Prayers to Tina's family and all her friends. The Lord's arms are wrapped around her.

barefootchef said...

What a beautifully written post about a beloved friend and artist. She will always be loved and truly missed.

Caity said...

I am so sorry to hear about Tina, and I am so sorry for your loss - cancer it so cruel, it's a different kind of grieving when you watch someone you love slide away.

I would love to buy a print of that collage in honour of my sister,Jennifer, (who died of brain cancer February 2005), if you are willing to make it available...

Renee (nayski) said...

I'm so very sorry for your loss Marsha as well as the loss to Tina's family and this community.

yoborobo said...

Marsha - I am so sorry to hear about Tina. I know this pain of losing a friend to cancer. I am so sorry for you, and all her dear friends. I will pray for her and her family. Much love to you - xoxoxo Pam

Terri Kahrs said...

Ohhh, Marsha! I'm so very sorry to hear that Tina's time on this earth is ending. Please know that she's in my prayers, as are you, her dear friends and family. No words are necessary to express the sorrow and sense of loss that's so beautifully and tenderly depicted in your tribute. Many blessings, Terri xoxo

Leslie said...

A moving tribute.

sharon said...

I am so sorry for everyone Marsha...and I will keep you all in my prayers.

lilylovekin said...

Marsha, I visited Tinas blog and was touched especially the post re: her husband. I know the whole world must be aching for her. I am so sorry. Thank you for sharing your sadness.

Lori Saul said...

I am sorry to hear of your friend Marsha- I went to her blog and her work is beautiful. I lost a friend to ovarian cancer and I know where you are at. I wanted to let you know that your artpiece is a beautiful and expressive tribute- very moving and loving.

Amy Wallis said...

Marsha,
I echo the thoughts of your many friends on here, I am truly very sorry to hear of Tina's loss in this ongoing battle with cancer that so many of our sisters go through. It was because of Tina that I found your beautiful work. I did not know Tina but, I see how she impacted peoples' lives for the better. Thank you for your tribute to this soul sister of many.

Blessed,
Amy

Paris Cowgirl said...

This could not have been said better. My heart is aching and at the same time I rejoice in having met Tina!

Laura Haviland said...

Marsha how lucky to enjoy a dear art sister. I am truly sorry and thinking of you both. It is hard to find the words to express yourself fully. Please know I have a great ear for listening if you ever need it.
I love what you created such, so very touching.
Your such an awesome person to us all.
Sending bigs Hugs to you,Laura. xoxxxx

primlin56 said...

you have said it all...tina was a friend i will cherish for the rest of my life...we had such great times together....once she came to michigan to stay with me at a gathering of our friends....she had just started doing the slide charms...and she helped us all make them...we have been friends for many years....i would love to have a copy of your art to frame just for me...your words touched my heart just as tina has touched so many of us...i will miss my dear sweet tina forever...thanks ...linda

Tumble Fish Studio said...

Linda, absolutely, I'd be honored to send you a print. Email me at marsha@tumblefishstudio.com with your address and I'll try to send it next week. I'm sending the original to Tina's family. Thank you for your words. My prayers are with you and I'm so sorry for your loss.

Peace said...

:'O( hugs

Lorri said...

Oh Marsha, I'm so sorry to hear this news. I know how dear we online art friends can be to each other. The support that I received during my Mums illness, and then her passing has been incredible. I would have been lost without it. I'm still grieving deeply. Please know that my thoughts are with you and if you want to talk, I'm always here on the other side of the world - so I will be awake if you can't sleep in the middle of the night :))
Take care my friend - sending love and healing to you and Tina xoxo

Renee said...

I am very sorry to hear about your friend.

Renee xoxo

BlueRidgeLady said...

Your post about Tina passing really touched my heart. I went to her blog and fell in love with it and her work. I wish I had the pleasure of knowing her like you all did. I can surely tell that she touched many with her art and heart. Your tribute to her was so beautiful and so well deserved.

VBR said...

Oh, little Fish, I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your friend. You write so eloquently about her. And, your memorial piece is just lovely. You have wonderful memories of her. And, I think that these memories are going to bring you much comfort and inspiration in times ahead.

Anita Van Hal said...

I am so sorry to hear the news of your friend...I'm sure she will be greatly missed...your collage is a beautiful testimony to a priceless friendship...hugs.

NANCY LEFKO said...

What a beautiful, heartfelt, enlightened post. You were her true friend and I am so sorry for your loss.

Joy said...

Oh Marsha, I am so so sorry for your loss and for her family. Your piece that you made in her honor is so eloquent.

Kathy-Catnip Studio said...
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Kathy-Catnip Studio said...

I can't say any more or any better than those before me, but I, too, would love to have a print of your beautiful tribute collage - my sister passed away Oct. 29th after a short, sudden illness. Please let us know if you decide to make it available for purchase.