Thursday, July 26, 2012

July, The month of loss, love and remembrance.

In loving memory of Jim Julin
Rockford artist and friend.

 Pencil drawing and words by Ramona Felse

A Giant fell today..

A toppling over without warning,
the great heart
 that beats no more
we are consumed by sadness,
by love and remembrance
of hickory sticks
and generosity
and giant chairs
with love

Jim Julin at Rockford Art Scene 2010
photo courtesy of Mike Donze

A video of Jim and his art.

 The Big Chair
a sculpture by Jim Julin that sits outside of
the Rockford Art Museum becoming enveloped in flowers
as a memorial to Jim.
Photo Courtesy Betsy Youngquist

The cancer was found, and 4 or 5 days later he was gone.

Rest In Peace Jimmy


  1. Look how free your friend is now, open and wide as the landscape full of dear loving friends. Love to you!

  2. Ramona - so sorry for your loss. Your pencil drawing and memory words are beautiful and make me wish I had been able to know him.

  3. with your beautifully woven words and graceful art you illustrate so beautifully the sharp pain that must come to all of us who love. my deepest condolences for your loss. Holding my arms to yours if they may be open also to mine, brightest blessings to you dear Ramona.

  4. Thank you still linde and Judy:)

    Hussam, You melt my heart today. xo

  5. There will be some sentences, some ideas, some style or way of living, which will go with you and be always your friends in different situations.

    My condolence, dear Ramona!

    The drawing melts my heart! How sad - but how wide and free!! I've lost a very valuable artist friend also VERY suddenly about one year ago...Coincidence...And exact on July 26th 20111 my dear mother died...

    This your drawing is more than personally. Its a feast for my heart showing the freedom of my beloved friends (also animals) who died....

  6. So intense to lose someone so suddenly! I remember the first time I lost a close friend... I realized then how much I was capalbe of loving as I was so deeply grieving. Blessings to you.

  7. My prayers for the lifting of your heart, Ramona, and comfort for you and your community. So hard to loose a friend. Your loving drawing, a beautiful tribute. xxxooo, sus

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  10. This reminded me so much of my husband who passed away from cancer 14 months ago. He only lived about 4 months after we found out about his cancer. A loving heart and a good husband, dad and grandpa. But he is free and healed, just as your friend is! :)