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Katherine Wadey
United States
Current Residence: South East Los Angeles County, about 20 minutes from Disneyland
Operating System: Mark I wetware
Personal Quote: You have to really see what you intend to draw before you draw it.

The end of our holiday decorating

Journal Entry: Tue Dec 31, 2013, 7:35 PM


Our family has been just a bit busy this month; as have quite a few others around the world. Getting ready for our particular holidays was part of it. Desperately recovering as much of my lost/damaged data files as possible (subcontractors who didn't see/notice/believe me about my business license and permits) from the big RAID wiping computer crash, took time, too. But the biggest part of our time was taken up with either trips up to the Rosemont Pavilion of Phoenix Floats in Pasadena, California, or in grandson watching down here. You see, our late son-in-law was an organ and tissue donor who this year is being honored as a floragraph on the Donate Life Float. His widow, our eldest daughter became a recipient before they were wed, who has been a volunteer worker on the float for the past few years, is now a Donate Life ambassador. The grandson was with us today as his mom, his dad's mom, and our youngest daughter helped put the finishing touches on the float before it rolled out of the "barn" for judging. Tomorrow morning the ladies and our grandson will have seats in the bleachers to enjoy the 2014 Pasadena California Rose Parade, and will get to see this particular glorious tribute to giving, love, compassion, and life growing from tragedy, make its way down Colorado Boulevard and into history. We will be watching, ensconced on our couch in the living room.

Remember what I said about families around the world? Those floragraphs are of deceased donors, and are selected from international submissions. Each portrait is based on a photograph of the donor; that was submitted by the donor's family. Each photograph is then transferred to the base that will be mounted in position on the float. Every donor family, with assistance from the float decorating crew, gets to apply, either completely or just the finishing touches, the glue and flower petals and seeds to the photograph that will turn it into a floral portrait.

I have never had the honor of working with a more loving, caring, supportive group of people. The volunteers are donor's families, living donors, registered donors, or recipients. Hugs, tears, smiles, and tissues are only outnumbered by glue containers and containers of floral product.

Happy New Year, everyone! Onward into 2014.

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Reflections Oil Painting by stevegoad Monet Shot by artofmadness Tomatoes with Hydrangeas by thienbao
Tam Lin - The Faery Host by puimun ConsciousFeminine Male3 by RyanTottle My First Time in New York by hyper-tom


Hold That Pose by Nickillus Jennifer by Hanasu Crying Of The Waves by Ann-McLaren
personal illustrations by logosles Modesty cover art by Loopydave Ammy and Abel by zirio


Phoenix 2 by keight October Country by keight White Dragon III by keight

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One of my favorite artists here on dA, :iconfrancis001:, has been off-line for awhile and just updated his journal:
An Update on Francis Tsai...
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As some of you know, I was diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease) back in 2010. This is a fatal degenerative nerve disease with no known cause or cure. It affects people in different ways but typically ends in total paralysis and death due to respiratory failure, unless you undergo some invasive body modification procedures to help prevent that. Being an illustrator/concept artist, naturally it took my arms and hands first. I haven't held a pencil since early 2011. Bummer, but I discovered I could use an iPhone with my toes. I figured out how to use the Brushes app and made a handful of paintings. My toes have since lost the dexterity for that, so I've started using eye-gaze controlled technology to type and hopefully paint.

To help generate some income while I wait for science to get its stuff together, my awesome sister Marice has put together an online shop featuring some of my artwork. Please consider picking up some cool Tsai swag and sharing this post!

The store is located at:



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Thanks for the trees! in all senses of that statement !!

Brian :)
You're welcome.
Merci Madame pour Le Fav'

Brian :)
j0rosa 6 days ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:iconlovefavsplz:  Thank you, dear…   :iconloveyouplz:
davincipoppalag 6 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks for the fave!
Thanks very much for the Favorites, Katherine!
Thanks very much for the most recent Favorite, Katherine!
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davincipoppalag Mar 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks for favin!
Thank you for taking the time to comment on all my pictures! I hope you have a wonderful day!
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