Watercolor and Pastel Artists at CHAW

Wednesday Studio members pay tribute to Linda Norton

On October 16 we said our final goodbyes to Linda, our friend and fellow artist, who died unexpectedly in January from complications of acute leukemia. A memorial service was delayed until now because of the pandemic.

Linda’s husband, Randy, had asked the Wednesday Studio to paint the box that would hold her ashes. After some deliberation, we agreed that each of us would paint or draw a bird. Linda had contributed a bird every month to the Wednesday Studio’s Draw-a-Bird Day. Lynne Mallonee Schlimm took on the task of putting our individual birds on the box.

The service for Linda was a wonderful celebration of her life. Among the five individuals who delivered eulogies, Lynne spoke for all of us. She talked about Linda’s vivacious personality and artistic talent, how she embraced both people and art when sketching while on trips, and most of all, how we miss her.

Below is a photo of the box and individual photos of all the birds that decorated five sides of it.

Wan Lee: Asian Crane. Watercolor. Wan commented, “In Asian culture, the deceased have no wings to fly. The Asian crane would carry the spirit of the deceased to Elysium.”
Kay Elsasser: Mourning Dove. Watercolor.
Linda Andreatta: Pine Grosbeak. Pastel.
Tara Hamilton: Goldfinch. Watercolor.
Pat Stocks: Bird of Paradise. Pastel.
Fran Tomlinson: White-Breasted Nuthatch. Pastel.
Judith Davis: Asian Heron. Watercolor.
Martha Pope: Goldfinch. Pastel.
Eileen Leahy: Cinnamon-Chested Bee Eater. Pastel.
Anne Shields: Canary. Pastel.
Carolyn Rondthaler: Swallow. Watercolor.
Vince Iannacchione: You Lookin’ at Me? Watercolor.
Lynne Mallonee Schlimm. Cardinal. Watercolor.
Nancy Arbuthnot: Flown, Still Flying. Watercolor.
Cissy Webb: Rooster.
Ellen Cornett: Wild Atlantic Canary. Colored pencil.
Marian Wiseman: Horned Owl. Watercolor.

Fly high, Linda.

Marian Wiseman

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3 comments on “Wednesday Studio members pay tribute to Linda Norton

  1. Fran Tomlinson
    October 17, 2021

    Lovely tribute and message. Thank you, Marian.


  2. Judith Davis
    October 17, 2021

    Wish I could have been there. I loved offering a painting for “Linda’s Box.” Peace, Judith

    Sent from the all new AOL app for iOS


  3. wisemarian
    October 18, 2021

    So nice to hear from you consistently on the blog. You would have loved the service.


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