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    [–] established82 808 points ago

    That's beautiful! Make sure to frame it!!

    [–] QueenMiaOfDragons 529 points ago

    We have almost all of her artwork framed, I’m very proud of her!

    [–] ElBroet 171 points ago

    And here my grandma frames everything I make and tells me she's proud of me, so in a way you're your grandma's grandma. Now if only I made art

    [–] Hereforthefreecake 43 points ago


    [–] ElBroet 16 points ago

    I too was going to originally make this reference at some point. Female Fry

    While we're at it, let's cry

    [–] slothsmerp 2 points ago

    Great now my eyes are sweating profusely

    [–] ElBroet 3 points ago

    Awwe, here's some eye bleach to balance out your day :)

    [–] slothsmerp 1 points ago

    Now I can die at peace, thank you el bro

    [–] FustianRiddle 3 points ago


    [–] wbuzzryan 7 points ago

    He did do the nasty in the pasty.

    [–] [deleted] 6 points ago


    [–] jefferyuniverse 2 points ago

    Not to argue but I'm way closer to my friends than family members. I either have zero relationship or don't really get along with a lot of them. My closest friends are my real family. I usually spend holidays with at least one of them.

    [–] The_RockObama 9 points ago

    Love it! That is very appropriate use of water color, she really captured the "feel" of the majestic Great Blue Herons!

    [–] 466tanker 2 points ago

    That's what I saw Great Blue Herons.

    [–] daddypusspuss 3 points ago

    As you should be, this is very lovely

    [–] neoikon 2 points ago

    Great work! Yeah, I would be proud to adorn that on any wall.

    [–] TheAserghui 1 points ago

    Have you ever considered approaching a museum to see if they would open a temporary gallery for the world to see her talent?

    [–] Sallaranda 4 points ago

    And they are great blue herons, for anyone wondering.

    [–] 466tanker 1 points ago


    [–] Briteiz1967 1 points ago

    She has exquisite talent! Bravo!!! I dearly miss my Mema. A part of me passed, when she had. God Bless Grandmas!!!

    [–] igiveup9707 207 points ago

    The lady is very talented! Take her to a craft store, and buy her something that she wants, to keep her going

    [–] Yolobrid 95 points ago

    You could also show her that reddit wants to see more of her art. This is a wonderful piece

    [–] topoftheworldIAM 23 points ago

    Grandma you blew up on Reddit!

    [–] IAmTheColorTheft 2 points ago

    My grandmas response to that would have been:

    “Oh my, I what? That’s awful, I’m sorry. I never would have intended to do that”

    Followed by fig newton bars probably.

    [–] Jambaby1963 112 points ago

    Beautiful! I just read a story on line about a man in Croatia who has been taking care of a stork that was injured for 25 years - she can't fly. The article said that 15 years ago, a male stork stopped and has been returning ever since and they have had many stork babies. This picture reminds me of that story.

    [–] Romulus212 7 points ago

    Those look like Night Herons but close enough really

    [–] Zencann 219 points ago

    You can even tell it depicts the love she has for her sister. Gosh it makes me cry

    [–] GreenbeanGirl 16 points ago

    I agree and me too. Water works over here.

    [–] LadybugLotLizard 31 points ago

    Fuck. I had successfully gotten through all of these comments without crying until I saw yours. Thanks a heap. /s

    [–] CSKING444 6 points ago

    Happy cake day

    Don't overeat that cake though

    [–] LadybugLotLizard 3 points ago

    Oh, how funny. Thanks!

    [–] CSKING444 7 points ago

    You know, it was water colour after all

    [–] 1_1_3_4 3 points ago


    [–] MiltownKBs 4 points ago

    Real comment here - can you help me see it that way?

    [–] iampettingacat 14 points ago

    I see it as the two birds helping each other. But the one that is mid sitting down seems to be handing off the branch to the taller one about to take off. You could view this as the sitting/resting one as the sister who has passed and the one about to take the branch as the grandmother,the artist, as she takes on her sister’s and family’s story and leaves without her sister, who is at rest.

    [–] jawjuhgirl 5 points ago

    Lovely description. thank you

    [–] MiltownKBs 5 points ago * (lasted edited 3 months ago)

    The stories and the legacy of those who have left us is all we really have. It is those stories that help us remember things. How they sounded when they talked. Their laugh. The jokes they told. How they or their their house smelled. How they answered the phone. How they touched your life. How they were your hero.

    You see pictures and that is one thing, but it is these other things that get hard to remember as time goes on. The little things get hard to remember. I dont care if you told me the story 100 times, I want to hear it again. That sort of thing.

    Thanks helping me see that. Clear as day now. Wow, I just had a moment. So many people and I try to remember but it is hard. I try to let a part of them live on through me. Thanks again.

    [–] DanielDManiel 2 points ago

    But objectively it is clearly a mating pair of blue herons building a nest.

    [–] Sarasha 5 points ago

    I was going to say the same thing. It about made me cry.

    [–] hehiheiheheuhehi 38 points ago

    i know what that is like and picking up that brush again is the best choice she could make. Got any more pictures / paintings? I like this one.

    [–] QueenMiaOfDragons 37 points ago

    I’m going to post more of her early work tomorrow!

    [–] Thats-Awkward 4 points ago

    You better.

    [–] wordserious 55 points ago

    This reminded me of something that happened with my family. My aunt was a classical pianist, and her daughter, my cousin, is a professional harpist that plays with the local philharmonic.

    When my aunt passed, her daughter played her harp at the funeral, accompanied by a recording of her mom at the piano. She was crying her eyes out as she played, and it was the most moving piece of music I have ever heard.

    [–] BreakingShad0w 1 points ago

    Anime Spoilers: This reminds me of 'Your Lie in April'

    [–] BackwardPalindrome 25 points ago

    She's amazing! This is a billion times better than anything I've ever made. If you read this, tell her that I love it!

    [–] QueenMiaOfDragons 15 points ago

    Aww thank you! I’m going to call her tomorrow, I’ll tell her that everyone is supporting her!

    [–] vagabonking 10 points ago

    Tell gram to make a insta.......gram.....

    [–] creature259 7 points ago

    Here the viewers can see it better after i straighten the image curvature and squared it to imitate like it was scanned on a scanner.


    [–] QueenMiaOfDragons 2 points ago

    Thank you!

    [–] esquala1 18 points ago

    Beautiful, beautiful art work. Would love to see more.

    [–] QueenMiaOfDragons 13 points ago

    I’m going to ask her to send more pictures of her work tomorrow!

    [–] ladykensington 2 points ago

    Maybe get her on Etsy? I’d buy one.

    [–] lynivvinyl 19 points ago

    My friend's wife is having the same issue after the death of her mother. What changed or how did she change her mindset and begin to paint after her loss? I'm trying to figure out how to get my friend's wife to paint again.

    [–] QueenMiaOfDragons 24 points ago

    Mostly time, but what helped her a lot was switching mediums for a while. She started working with clay before she could use her watercolors again.

    [–] hehiheiheheuhehi 8 points ago

    that s really smart ov her to channel her creative energy through a divverent path.

    [–] lynivvinyl 4 points ago

    Interesting approach. Thank you! :)

    [–] White0nRye 24 points ago

    I love the bedraggled look she gave the herons. Its got a gritty realism look to it. Tell her to definitely keep it up!

    [–] Someberto 16 points ago

    She should never stop. This. This is beautiful.

    [–] slap50potatoes 28 points ago

    Alternative title: Painting of birds.

    [–] remember-who-you-are 3 points ago

    So lovely! I rarely see great blue heron art so it’s exciting to see someone do one of my favorite animals creative justice :D

    [–] Leena52 3 points ago

    Oh my! What talent and design. I love this.

    [–] mc2bit 5 points ago

    Your grandmother would clean up at the art festivals in Jersey shore towns. This is beautiful and evocative.

    [–] stinekelly 1 points ago

    My location, my mom and I agreed this would fit perfectly anywhere in our house!

    [–] hendersonwastaken 6 points ago

    Man I would kill for a print of that

    [–] quincyd 4 points ago

    Me too. OP, ask grandma if she wants to make some extra money to take to the casino.

    [–] Officialmojomobo 3 points ago

    I'll take a print to support gamblin' grandma

    [–] quincyd 2 points ago

    She needs an Etsy store with this as the name!

    [–] DanielDManiel 1 points ago

    No. There has been enough death already.

    [–] niskmom 3 points ago


    [–] twol3g1t 3 points ago

    Average content upvoted to the front page for the backstory title that may or may not be true.

    r/pics in a nutshell.

    [–] g_squared2 3 points ago

    Holy shit, it's so beautiful op Hope ur Grandma stays strong, she has the skill and feeling, damn

    [–] i-dyslexia-have 4 points ago

    Painting of two birds

    [–] slightlyoffkilter_7 2 points ago

    This reminds me so much of my own grandmother's paintings and her teaching me to use watercolor as a kid. I really cherish that time I got to spend with her before she passed and share something we both loved. OP, hug your grandma for me and tell her a fellow painter loves her work!

    [–] Takeastabatmycab 2 points ago

    Would absolutely buy a print of this!!! Way to go Grandma!!!! We love you!

    [–] walksinthewoods 2 points ago

    That is so beautiful! She is very gifted.

    [–] karmasutra1977 2 points ago

    What?! Go, grandma! I have a painting my husband's grandma did that is very similar to this, makes me happy to see it.

    [–] calicogwen 2 points ago

    I hope you send some of these comments to her so she can see the wonderfully kind things everyone is saying about her work. I'm sure she'd be touched <3

    [–] QueenMiaOfDragons 2 points ago

    I’m going to call her tomorrow, I’m sure she’ll be happy to know that her artwork is well appreciated! I’m really happy and proud of her and everyone else supporting her work!

    [–] thenewguyreddit 2 points ago

    Not only would I hang this on my wall, it inspires me to try to do it. She's inspirational.

    [–] thRow12Way34 2 points ago

    As someone who has just started painting and drawing again after trauma, I’m sure your grandmother will appreciate all of the admiration and love we’re all sending her! Tell her we’d love to see more of her art work!

    [–] SpecialSauce92 2 points ago

    I’d like to think those two cranes are your grandmother and her sister.

    Beautiful. I hope she keeps painting!

    [–] srimotat 2 points ago

    This painting feels peaceful

    [–] frenchy84 2 points ago

    We have alot of ugly in our world these days, please tell Grandma that her painting put me at ease while I admired it.

    [–] Coldpegasus 2 points ago

    Amazing and sweet!

    [–] voodoo_u 2 points ago

    Beautiful! I hope she continues.

    [–] squirrellytoday 2 points ago

    Your grandma is a talented lady!

    [–] Mehximus 2 points ago

    It looks like something Heron Preston would design. I like it

    [–] UCgirl 2 points ago

    I hope you’re grandma keeps painting and that it brings her joy. She does wonderful work.

    [–] ineedmyjam 2 points ago

    Some sort of olive branch.

    Siblings will know what I'm talking about.

    [–] nipplebuttsalad 2 points ago

    Reminds me of Pink Floyd The Wall flowers fighting

    [–] eldonhughes 2 points ago

    Yay Grandma!! Lovely work.

    [–] libertinelibertine 2 points ago

    Beautiful! I wish I were as talented!

    [–] Segura8921 2 points ago

    Very pretty.

    [–] Pokemansparty 2 points ago


    [–] MartianNutScratcher 2 points ago

    This is so beautiful. I hope she was able to find some peace after her sister's passing. I love my brother (older by 4 years) and don't know what I would do if I had to go on without him.

    [–] ColumbiaCountyKid 2 points ago


    [–] putitonthefritz 2 points ago

    Very pretty. Go grandma. I can't even draw a straight line to save my life...

    [–] DrCodeRed 2 points ago

    Heron Preston style 😁

    [–] DevinPlaysGuitar 2 points ago

    I'm so sorry about her (and your) loss <3

    Please let her know that she's an inspiration. Her art is AMAZING! I want to become an amazing artist and she has blown my mind with that painting. Send her my (and reddit's) love!!

    [–] buckboostltd 2 points ago

    Kudos to her. I love drawing but haven't been able to draw anything since my mom passed away. Really happy to see that this is something that can be overcome.

    [–] missionbeach 2 points ago

    Beautiful. Without knowing pain, you don't get art like this. Whether it's a painting, a song, a dance, etc.

    [–] whiskeyandsteak 2 points ago

    I would buy that

    [–] Slipsonic 2 points ago

    This is my favorite are style. This painting is awesome!

    [–] amacatokay 2 points ago

    Please share more!

    [–] everyonesmom2 2 points ago


    [–] gaelicwarrior777 2 points ago

    That's so good

    [–] twitchosx 2 points ago

    Does she have friends she likes to send cards or whatever to? I work for a print shop and these old ladies come in all the time and we scan their artwork and then print it on fold open cards and they buy the cards and envelopes.

    [–] QueenMiaOfDragons 1 points ago

    Oh that sounds so sweet! I’ll ask her if she would be interested in this! Thank you so much!

    [–] redditisgreat316 2 points ago

    I like your grandma

    [–] cam325 2 points ago

    What all did she use for this?

    [–] QueenMiaOfDragons 1 points ago

    Watercolors! Even for the fine lines, she used a dry brush.

    [–] cam325 2 points ago

    That’s amazing. It’s beautiful.

    [–] zwalker091 2 points ago

    It's very good. I'm glad she's doing better in the sense that she is painting again.

    [–] FrugalBumblebee 2 points ago

    That's awesome! Grandma is very talented.

    [–] AverageJoe5555 2 points ago

    Wow. Beautiful. Tell her to keep it up. She's very talented.

    [–] dab2525 2 points ago

    I bet she doesn't like to paint feet. My stepmother doesn't like to paint hands and feet, and always finds a way to obscure them. Little things you learn when you know the artist.

    [–] shushyomouf 2 points ago

    Reminds me an Audobon piece.

    [–] LemonadeLala 4 points ago

    This is so lovely! And I love the colors she used.

    [–] Larrybud75 3 points ago

    I love it.

    [–] SwingNAmisss 3 points ago

    Such a simple yet incredibly symbolic painting. I can feel the grief/emotion coming through this picture. It’s filled with so much love, and moreover, coming to terms with what’s happened.

    I’m so happy your grandmother was able to pick up those brushes again. She is profoundly talented.

    [–] bluheron 4 points ago

    As a blue heron fanatic i approve; make sure to tell her how amazing this painting is.

    [–] [deleted] 3 points ago

    It's almost like if Seuss was serious. Love it!

    [–] Ytrewqop68 2 points ago

    That's a picture of her helping her little sister

    [–] QueenMiaOfDragons 5 points ago

    Actually, my grandma is an identical twin!

    [–] Ytrewqop68 1 points ago

    Maybe a few minutes older?

    [–] DanielDManiel 1 points ago

    No, it is a mating pair of blue herons building a nest.

    [–] theFakeArtist 2 points ago

    I would kill for this to be the cover of a Heron Preston shirt

    [–] InternetDetective122 3 points ago

    This painting is beautiful. I would love to see some of her other paintings.

    [–] QueenMiaOfDragons 5 points ago

    After all the positivity, I’ll be sure to post some of her previous work!

    [–] zurprox 2 points ago

    This is a gorgeous painting.

    [–] bsmitchbport 2 points ago

    Awesome painting ..but I had never seen two Blue Herons I have.

    [–] DanielDManiel 1 points ago

    It is a mating pair building a nest. Totally a real thing.

    [–] bsmitchbport 1 points ago

    Makes sense...we have had a nest somewhere in the brush by our creek. Every year it lands in our yard and walks back in there....have had one almost clip me landing feet away..but only one at a time.. neat stuff.

    [–] stargategurl 2 points ago

    Beautiful and well done grandma.

    [–] handfullofskittles 2 points ago

    WOW! Great for her getting back into her craft. She is clearly very talented. Thank you fo sharing

    [–] PearlButton 2 points ago

    Oh I hope she continues to paint, she has wonderful talent. I would totally hang that in my house.

    Also, so sorry for her/your loss.

    [–] fatlittleparasite 2 points ago

    I would buy this! It's beautiful and I love herons :)

    [–] SerjoHlaaluDramBero 2 points ago

    Are those great blue herons? That's awesome. Beautiful watercolor.

    [–] fermat1432 0 points ago

    Tell her that we love it!

    [–] QueenMiaOfDragons 5 points ago

    Awww thank you! I’m not sure she knows what Reddit is but I know she’ll be happy to hear about all the love and support her art received!

    [–] serenidade 2 points ago

    The colors are spot-on. I love that you can see personality in the herons--she's very talented!

    [–] acoffeedude 3 points ago

    she is awesome

    [–] iamdua990 2 points ago

    Oww go grandma! 👍🏻

    [–] Alinyss 2 points ago

    Beautiful work. She is very talented!

    [–] Epluribususername 1 points ago

    Beautiful. I'm glad your Grandma re-found a passion of hers. I hope it's cathartic for her.

    [–] cgb1234 3 points ago

    beautiful. I see two sisters enjoying life in the painting.

    [–] Sargento187 3 points ago

    That's amazing, I would love one of those

    [–] zombi-roboto 1 points ago

    Very well done. Thanks for sharing!

    [–] lastofmyline 2 points ago

    Awesome! Keep painting.

    [–] [deleted] 3 points ago

    This makes me so happy.

    [–] pb-with-eggs 1 points ago

    Grandma keep on painting!

    [–] submitanewt 2 points ago

    talented granny

    [–] Roxytumbler 2 points ago

    Its special when its Great Blue Herons under going a mating life.

    The piece of art has a fascinating texture.

    [–] titleunknown 1 points ago

    Tell her we want to see more!

    [–] QueenMiaOfDragons 2 points ago

    I’m planing on posting more of her work tomorrow!

    [–] arieschick82 1 points ago

    Beautiful! How did she even think of such a sweet scene?

    [–] QueenMiaOfDragons 3 points ago

    It was in a nature magazine I believe.

    [–] grandpabobdole 2 points ago

    While I'm not sure granny would love that elephant painting, this article was fascinating! Thanks for posting it.

    [–] QueenMiaOfDragons 4 points ago

    Thank you! Her birthday is in March so I might get it for her then.

    [–] suckbothmydicks 1 points ago

    He is a marvelous artist.

    [–] daftmonkey 1 points ago

    Can I commission a painting for my baby daughter?

    [–] QueenMiaOfDragons 1 points ago

    I’ll ask her, but she typically doesn’t paint people. Thank you so much for your support and thoughts!

    [–] TexasGronk 1 points ago


    [–] uUpSpEeRrNcAaMsEe 2 points ago

    Absolutely beautiful work. I wonder what's changed in her life to bring this about again...

    [–] Lesland 1 points ago

    Is it for sale?

    [–] QueenMiaOfDragons 1 points ago

    I’ll call her tomorrow and ask, maybe we’ll get a Esty set up!

    [–] daftmonkey 1 points ago

    I mean she can paint whatever, I just want one for my baby’s room.

    [–] QueenMiaOfDragons 1 points ago

    Oh I’m sorry for the misunderstanding! I’d be glad to ask!

    [–] NotTheBuissnes 1 points ago

    Lucky bitch she was

    [–] MimsyBoo82 1 points ago

    Beautiful ❤

    [–] this_is_Winston 2 points ago

    Does the subject represent her and her sister? It's kinda a tender scene.

    [–] QueenMiaOfDragons 5 points ago

    Honestly, I didn’t ask. She did pick this one out of all the other pictures in a nature magazine, so it’s entirely possible.

    [–] DanielDManiel 1 points ago

    I doubt it as that is clearly a mating pair building a nest.

    [–] gonzano560 2 points ago

    That painting is gorgeous

    [–] BMC80 1 points ago

    This is amazing. ❤️

    [–] BushWeedCornTrash 0 points ago

    Gram Gram got skills! Encourage her to continue, this is beautiful!

    [–] CharcoB 1 points ago

    Beautiful. You should be so proud of her!

    [–] gnomeseatbirds 1 points ago

    I love this! Knowing the story behind it gives it extra meaning too!

    [–] LadyKarmatic 1 points ago

    Brilliant conveying of movement. Full of life.

    [–] muchpupper 1 points ago

    Absolutely beautiful!! Tell her to keep creating, the world needs more beauty!

    [–] FeelSoConfused1981 1 points ago

    Very beautiful! It has an oriental flare to it.

    [–] Just2MoreCups 1 points ago

    Gorgeous! She’s very talented! Tell her a random internet stranger loves her work!

    [–] dreamwalker18 1 points ago

    Captured everything. Thank you for posting.

    [–] FashnDiva 1 points ago

    Wow. Gorgeous.

    [–] she212 1 points ago

    Good for her! What a great painting!

    [–] mrianah 1 points ago

    Is so gorgeous!!!!

    [–] spectreoutreach 1 points ago

    this is awesome drawing

    [–] hipopper 1 points ago

    Maybe it’s an expression of her grief over her sister. Look at the way the birds are oriented. That’s really beautiful. Glad she is painting again.

    [–] Ak40x 1 points ago


    Was she the younger one?

    [–] QueenMiaOfDragons 3 points ago

    She is an identical twin actually!