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The Horse Gift ~ Le Cadeau Du Cheval

Updated on December 11, 2016

A Canadian Equine Mosaic Mural...

January 2008 I was accepted as a participating equine artist for the Canadian based Mosaic Mural, Le Cadeau Du Cheval "The Horse Gift"...(ahhh, I love that name!) I was quite excited being a part of this project...Even more exciting was the fact most of the participating artists for the Canadian mural were on the other mural that I designed....what great company!

Now having the experience "to do it all" this Canadian Mural was easier...I'm only having to paint one panel! I'm thrilled to be a part of this organization Mural Mosaic.

Phil, Lewis and Paul are awesome professionals and very well organized. Their love for art and sharing their knowledge is wonderful..."Unity through Diversity", is a great catchphrase and I know without a doubt it will be a great hit. Be sure to check out the amazing Murals that Lewis Lavoie and Phil produce.

I'm glad I signed up for the Canadian Mural, ironically again I will be painting to forget a sad time in my life, this time losing my Muse, my Horse Ibn of 29 years, all because I was so involved in my rushed schedule of the other project. It will be hard to get over, and I will never forget why and how it happened. Interestingly enough, I joined the first Mural project for the same reason, I had just lost my mare of 28 years, but she had an illness and I grieved over her and hoped the mural project would take away the pain...never in a million years did I think I would loose my other horse in six months to the day...a very senseless loss indeed.

Glory of Horses
Glory of Horses | Source

the other mural...

The "other" Equine Mural was finished in March 2008, the size was a 16' x 20' horizontal. I actually designed, hand painted with my friend Larry Schultz 240 motherboard panels, built and assembled by my husband...I also included 10 individual painted panels of my designs, there was so much to making this mural...all this in a record cold winter.

Unfortunately once the mural was done, including all the panels sent out, painted and returned to me...the originator "unexpectedly" canceled the unveiling. I then declined to be a part of the Mural anymore, handing it over to the originator...I just did not want to be a part of such inconsistency and association with this person. I put my heart and soul into this project, it was hard doing everything, including the booking and advertising of the unveiling. But I learned a big lesson from this, so now I can move on.

A Note:

Because of the bizarre ending of the First Mural (theHorse Gift) my schedule changed, including the schedule of feeding my (muse )horse Ibn in a specific manner. I was in a hurry one day to ship a package, I had not used hot water to dissolve the pellets in his warm bran-mash, consequently a pellet that had not fully dissolved got stuck in Ibn's throat causing him to choke.

I had the Vet out and he tried flushing it with water causing Ibn to get water in his lungs and then pneumonia, but we did rid the pneumonia...A couple of days later on another one of the Vet's visits, Ibn reared and struck his face on the ground, he was bleeding from his mouth but the Vet felt Ibn was OK...even after flushing, the next day the pellet was still stuck, so I took Ibn to the Pet Hospital where the pellet was dislodged, however the X-ray revealed his jaw was broken and not fixable for his age, and sadly I had to put my dear sweet Ibn down...what was even worse and more heart wrenching was that he never had a sick day or injury in his 29 years...so this was very hard to for me to take.

Ibn and me
Ibn and me
The Horse Gift: Mural Mosaic in a Book
The Horse Gift: Mural Mosaic in a Book

"Mural Mosaic" brings together hundreds of individual paintings created by hundreds of artists into one unifying image. Each painting reflects an individual's unique creativity and style. When a painting is completed it is carefully placed in sequence within the mural to assemble one masterpiece. This book takes 238 equine paintings by over 170 artists and creates one masterpiece mural called, The Horse Gift.

 

Mural in progress as the panels come in...

Mural in progress as panels come in...
Mural in progress as panels come in...

Mural Complete!

Mural Complete!
Mural Complete!

The Eye

Close Up ~ Look Closely
Close Up ~ Look Closely
look of panel as it arrived
look of panel as it arrived

My Panel for "The Horse Gift"

My panel arrived in May! Pre-painted in Magenta colors with many strokes and dripping paint...very interesting lines and design, and sure to be a challenge. Because this was a Horse Mural we had to paint a horse theme image according to the colors and design of the panel sent, we had no idea what the real mural looked like, and that made for an exciting and interesting outcome.

I thought I could share the process of doing my panel painting here...but I have to tell you, this was going to be hard because of what I chose to paint on my panel...my two beloved horses were being immortalized here. My painting will be done with many tears.

Before I knew what my panel colors were, I had already chosen the colors for the text type on this lens...they matched each other...hmmm

On May 19, 2008 I made an attempt to paint the panel...in my head I knew what I would like to portray, the images of my two muses that I have lost this past year. I never realized how very hard this would be on me just looking at the photos, it has been heartbreaking, I shed tears every time I paint. I must say I am having great difficulty finishing this painting, I feel I'm not doing my beloved horses justice. The panel color and the design on it has been challenging (now I know how the artist that had to paint over my panels for the other mural felt), though this is the way it is to be. I will make the best effort to bring them back to life...even making it into ghost figures...not an easy task.

The process of painting the pre-colored panel was hard and challenging for me, not knowing what the mural image looked like. It's important to use the shape or lines in the pre-painting panel...this is the secret of a Mosaic Mural, keeping the colors with the shapes so that once the panels come together they match the connecting lines and shapes, this is what makes the mural image appear correctly...it truly is an amazing technique and Lewis Lavoie is a master at this

The Drips

The Tears

the tears
the tears

A close-up...




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Of the original panel that was sent to me where you can see the purple drips of paint. I left the drips in the painting, I then incorporated my own tears in the paint for the eyes.

I cried the whole time painting this, my heart was so heavy.

"together again" Ibn & ChutYanna

"together again" Ibn & ChutYanna
"together again" Ibn & ChutYanna

June 4, 2008

Together again - Ibn & Chut-Ya

my panel painting #182 - acrylic medium

Ibn Astraney and Chut-Yanna, my horses for 29 years are immortalized in this painting, they died six months to the day apart, 2007-2008. They where my muses, featured in most of my paintings for many years...I will miss them dearly and hold close the experience of having had them in my life for so long.

In this painting I have them coming together again, to romp and run free in the heavenly bounds (small inset)...I pray that God has these wonderful family members there to meet me when my day comes.

A small cherub is incorporated into the painting (something I do in all my larger paintings) I have Ibn portrayed with an Ankh around his neck and Chut-Ya has a tassel from an Arabic halter she wore. I painted them in a transparent way to make them look like souls coming together...

When I received the panel there where dripping paint areas, I noticed one of the drippings came through under Ibn's eye, making him look like he was crying. I kept it there...I cried every single day painting this panel, even 'incorporating my tears into the paint around their eyes', so I felt a part of me was in this painting.

Yes, this was the hardest painting I have ever done and it's very hard for me to let go, but just knowing I have immortalized them in this manner has made me happy, and hope others will enjoy viewing it.

The Angel-cherub Incorporated

the angel-cherub incorporated
the angel-cherub incorporated

Ibn and I enjoying a good time

Ibn getting his corn from the field
Ibn getting his corn from the field
Ibn and me
Ibn and me

This was their last summer together in 2007...Chut-Yanna was feeling good and went outside and grazed with Ibn. I wish I had taken a video of this, but sadly it did not occur to me at that time.

I truly loved my two Arabian Muses, now portrayed in the panel painting for the Mural.

Ibn & Chut-Ya grazing together - their last summer...

grazing on a good day
grazing on a good day
my Pegasus photo
my Pegasus photo

Artist Michelle Grant touching my Panel

Artist Michelle Grant touching my Panel
Artist Michelle Grant touching my Panel

Indiana Congress show, Paul, Phil, Mary, Leslie, me & Pat

Indiana Congress show, Paul, Phil, Mary, Leslie, me & Pat
Indiana Congress show, Paul, Phil, Mary, Leslie, me & Pat

Phil, Paul and Len

Phil, Paul and Len
Phil, Paul and Len

The boys and me (photo by Pat Getha)

The boys and me (photo by Pat Getha)
The boys and me (photo by Pat Getha)

Phil packing my panel #182

Phil packing my panel #182
Phil packing my panel #182

Puzzle

The Mural has now been produced into a puzzle and worth spotlighting because it's beautiful, unusual, fun and challenging.  And I can say, I'm glad I was part of this Mosaic Mural.
The Mural has now been produced into a puzzle and worth spotlighting because it's beautiful, unusual, fun and challenging. And I can say, I'm glad I was part of this Mosaic Mural.

The Book

Miniature Paintings made into a Mural

Great gift for the Horse lover or a Fundraising event

This little book makes a great gift, leave it as a book or take the perforated pages and make your own Mosaic Mural, this can be a great way to make money for a fundraiser event. Each picture can be sponsored for a cost and added to the Mural..........Contact me for details: Special price

Life size

"Master Murialist" - Lewis Lavoie

What an incredible artist he is! He certainly knows how to use the "right side" of his brain...these are amazing to watch, wonderful artwork!

There are quite a few YouTube videos...check them all out!

Please Note!

"Mural Mosaic" is in NO WAY associated with the "Glory of Horses" Mural.

The Equine Mural "the Horse Gift" was the 'First and Original' Mural Project featured world wide. No other mural was in the works before, I know, because I designed the other GOH Mural, as seen in Image. This controversy has been resolved...

Also see Note below:

Note on the other mural...

The "other" Equine Mural was finished in March 2008, the size was a 16' x 20' horizontal. I actually designed, hand painted with my friend Larry Schultz 240 motherboard panels, built and assembled by my husband...I also included 10 individual painted panels of my designs, there was so much to making this mural...all this in a record cold winter.

Unfortunately once the mural was done, including all the panels sent out, painted and returned to me...the originator "unexpectedly" canceled the unveiling. I then declined to be a part of the Mural anymore, handing it over to the originator...I just did not want to be a part of such inconsistency and association with this person. I put my heart and soul into this project, it was hard doing everything, including the booking and advertising of the unveiling. But I learned a big lesson from this, so now I can move on.

Fund Raiser Mural for Madison Mounted Police Patrol

Fund Raiser Mural for Madison Mounted Police Patrol
Fund Raiser Mural for Madison Mounted Police Patrol | Source

Madison Mounted Patrol

A Mural for a great cause..."Super Horse"

A"SuperHorse" Art Mural was created exclusively for the 2009 Midwest Horse Fair® and became the property of the Madison Police Mounted Patrol after the Midwest Horse Fair® and on April 16, 2010 found a permanent home in the Nutrena Arena at the Alliant Energy Center - Madison, Wisconsin.

Wisconsin artists Delia Pacheco and Larry Schultz designed and created this eight foot high by twenty foot long "SuperHorse" image.

Each $10 purchased square was painted with an image, such as a favorite horse, a horse's name, or another illustration of choice.

All proceeds from the mural went to benefit the Madison Police Mounted Patrol, this organization has raised funds for a possible purchase of a second horse trailer. The Mounted Unit currently has four horses, but only a two-horse trailer. Another trailer will allow all four officers to work an event without making two trips with the one trailer they currently have.

The Madison Mounted is a non-profit organization dedicated to raising funds to support the mounted patrol unit for the Madison Police Department. The horses have been a great tool for working crowd control situations and have delighted children and adults alike during their regular patrol in the City of Madison. Thanks to support from the City of Madison and private donations, the Madison Police Mounted Patrol has been able to add two part-time officers to the unit to assist the two full-time officers. This will increase the presence of the mounted officers in the downtown and other areas in the City of Madison.

Delia Pacheco, originally from Germany, has coordinated the Midwest Horse Fair® art show for nine years. She is one of the co-founders of the Wisconsin Equine Art Guild (WEAG), and her artwork has been accepted into the Draft Horse Classic, Harness Track of America (HTA) auctions, and the prestigious American Academy of Equine Art (AAEA).

Larry Schultz has taught art, conducted painting workshops, designed murals for theaters, homes, and public spaces and participated in juried exhibitions. He has been the recipient of numerous awards and honors and much of his art has been featured on magazine covers, posters, specialty items and fine art prints. His work is included in public and private art galleries and has sold all over the United States, England, Belgium, Germany, Japan and China.

Nutrena Arena - is the home of the Mural

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Created 04/23/2008

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      jmchaconne 2 years ago

      I empathize with your feeling about the unfortunate experience. Another way to look at it, what a fantastic journey it took you on. That can never be taken away. I'm a horseman and I love "Le Cadeau Du Cheval" and all of the the lovely images on this most interesting lens.

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      changrcoacher 3 years ago

      Beautiful! I cried, reading it, because it brought to the surface my equine loves I have lost. I miss them and look forward to seeing them again. How wonderful that you could memorialize them in your lovely artwork

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      Countryluthier 5 years ago

      The panel is truly something special! Had to send a Squid angel blessing your way. Keep it up!

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      Dancing Cowgirl Design 5 years ago from Texas

      What beautiful artwork! I am so sorry about the loss of your horses. I know that is a horrible and painful thing. I had to put down my Barrel horse and lifetime love after 20+ years and I truly understand every tear that fell as you painted their pictures.

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      justholidays 5 years ago

      What a wonderful horse mural, Delia! It must be quite hard to paint for such a piece of artwork since you were so many to create each your piece. I'm stunned, for sure! You're one of the most wonderful artists I've ever met!

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      goo2eyes lm 5 years ago

      return of a squidangel bearing some *blessings*.

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      StrongMay 5 years ago

      You work is amazing! Really, there are no words for it.

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      oxfordian 5 years ago

      This is just amazing and stunningly beautiful. And what a wonderful story!

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      goo2eyes lm 5 years ago

      your horse mural is so breathtaking. i have never seen such artistic piece of art. i must say one-of-a-kind

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      Renaissance Woman 5 years ago from Colorado

      This art is breathtaking. Your mural panel is exquisite. Such a powerful memorial to your two muses. I cannot even imagine how hard it would have been to paint through your pain. Very moving.

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      Virginia Allain 5 years ago from Central Florida

      Beautifully expressed. Thank you for sharing your art and your heart here.

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      An absolutely amazing work of art. I am so sad to hear of how your most loved horse passed to the other side. A beautiful creature who will live forever within your works.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      A rare and a wonderful art form - skillfully rendered.

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      Lisa Auch 5 years ago from Scotland

      Oh my goodness, In fact words have truly escaped me, from the tiny cherub to the tears, my eyes were brimming too. The Mural is just amazing. Thankyou for pointing me to it. it is more than a pleasure to be able to Bless this lens for Ibn & Chut-Ya

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      northamerica 6 years ago

      This must have been an exciting experience!

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      Indigo Janson 6 years ago from UK

      I hadn't seen this before. Your panel is so very beautiful (and moving), and so is the complete mural. I think this is indeed a wonderful way to make and display art. And a lovely way to add your own lasting memorial to celebrate two very special horses.

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      WindyWintersHubs 6 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      Congratulations on your Purple Star. Your mural is quite striking and lovely. :)

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      Lynne Schroeder 6 years ago from Blue Mountains Australia

      This is beautiful> What a wonderful combined talent!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Congratulations on your Purple Star! Beautiful mural. Featuring this on "Neigh"-borly Note Cards.

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      Delia 6 years ago

      @aka-rms: Wow how very nice! I really appreciate this PSD nomination...Thank You to the Giant Squid lensmaster for thinking of this lens.

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      Robin S 6 years ago from USA

      It's Purple Star Day on Squidoo and one of our Giant Squid lensmasters nominated this worthy lens for a Purple Star! Congratulations!

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      HorseAndPony LM 6 years ago

      I'm back for another visit. This is one of my favorite lenses. Blessed!

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      Thomas F. Wuthrich 7 years ago from Michigan

      You do incredibly beautiful art, Delia! Really stuffing work. Thank you very much for stopping by my horse art lens and leaving a comment! I appreciate it. Just recalled that your Sunshine Raisins lens was one of the first I visited after joining Squidoo many months ago. :)

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      ideadesigns 7 years ago

      Love your heart in this, beautiful art and horses. Thanks for sharing such a personal story and God bless.

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      Mona 7 years ago from Iowa

      What a heart breaking story about Ibn. My critters are my family and I can feel your pain over this. 29 healthy years for both horses was definitely a blessing and a testament to your care and love.

      Also your artwork is great. :) As an equestrian artist I found this lens "entirely" interesting and engaging. 5* And now a fan.

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      Delia 7 years ago

      @westwindcreations: Thank You for your kind comment and thoughts, I appreciate the fact you actually read the story and understood.

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      westwindcreations 7 years ago

      I believe you have done your horses justice. Wow I can imagine how hard it must have been. My mare just turned 18 and I know our days are numbered. 10 years goes by like a flash and it seems as though I just got her. Losing horses or any animal is a tough thing. I think they have been honored with your painting and you should not shed another tear but remember all the fun and joy you all shared together. They would not want you to be sad for now they are free to run as horses should.

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      julieannbrady 7 years ago

      Such a beautiful and colorful story! Hugs my dear. ;)

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      AuthorsandExperts 7 years ago

      Great

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Simply MARVELOUS....she's MY cousin!!! Damn Im proud of you, Delia!

      Love you to pieces!!!

      Trixi

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      papawu 7 years ago

      My Gosh! It is so incredibly intricate and unique. I really suck at art so I must live my life being utterly envious of those with the gift of artistry. Brava!

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      WhitU4ever 8 years ago

      Your paintings, especially the panel with the tears, are absolutely exquisite! You have such talent. Keep it up, love... your God-given gift is rare.

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      HorseAndPony LM 8 years ago

      We cried through this entire lens. It reminds us of horses and pets we have lost. Your painting was amazing the Mural is just breathtaking. This lens will go as our a lens that made me cry. Thanks for sharing this time in your life.

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      Michael_Gaudet 8 years ago

      Ah-murals! Delia, this is an absolutely gorgeous mural and your contribution is so full of feeling and soul. I always love discovering new murals! I think they are the most powerful way to share ideas and the beauty of capital A 'Art' with the world! As a mural painter myself, I would rank this as a true masterpiece of execution and design. Congratulations on being involved in such a monumental project my friend!

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      PetMemorialWorld 8 years ago

      Wow what an amazing tribute to your friends.

      You are very talented.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Hi,

      Wish u merry Xmas and Happy New Year 2009 ;) Advanced wishes ;)

      Insurance Agent

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      bunch 8 years ago

      OOO I love your whole entire lens :) very nice!

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      Lamarena 8 years ago

      Oh my God, what a beautiful work! I have never seen anything like this before... I love horses - they are wonderful creatures. The Gift Horse is stunning! What an art, what a lens! :) 5* Thank you!

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      Aquavel 8 years ago

      I thought I had left feedback but perhaps not. Your work is breathtaking! I'm sorry about the loss of your horses. It's not the same of course, but you have given life to them in your very beautiful panel. Thanks for sharing!

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      ZenyarisGallery 8 years ago

      Thank you for your great comment on my lens!

      Your lens is fantastic, and the paintings incredible expressive, with an original beauty expression of horses, and their inner sensitivity, I almost see their soul! Love "the tears" and "together again" Ibn & ChutYa" 5 Stars!

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      Laurel Johnson 8 years ago from Washington KS

      You've stricken this writer of words speechless with your gift. Your work is beautiful and blessed.

      I love horses, all horses, every horse. You've captured their ethereal spirit perfectly.

      What a wonderful lens!!

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      Lexi LM 8 years ago

      Wow! What an inspiring lens! Sometimes art at its most painful is also the most healing. Let our tears become a work of beauty! Five Stars!

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      azac 8 years ago

      The paint drip "tears" was a nice touch. I'm sorry about your horses.

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      The Eclectic Muse 8 years ago

      I am in awe! You do beautiful work. Wonderful lens!

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      julieannbrady 8 years ago

      What an awesome mural. It is so beautiful. The panels creates such a unique effect!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I can't beginn to tell how much I admire and love my cousine Delia. She so gifted and has such a loving heart. Much of it can be seen in her art work. She puts her soul into each and every painting! Im proud to call her family and much more I also call her one of my best friends!!! Keep up the good work Delia...I just love the picture of your two babies!!! Im glad I got to experience them.

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      Valerie Anne Kell 8 years ago

      Your paintings are so divinely inspirational ;) Val

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      lifelongfitness 8 years ago

      very cool lens. I really like the pictures. 5*

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      Achim Thiemermann 8 years ago from Austin, Texas

      I was touched by your story about the tears...you are very gifted, Delia. *****

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      SerenityPrayerG 8 years ago

      Exquisite work! Beautiful! Thanks for your kind comments and keep up the great art!

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      Laraine Sims 8 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      I was so looking forward to the unveiling of the GOH mural. I saw the website and was hoping to follow more but.... I will return to see your contribution to Mural Mosaic. Please give me an idea of completion guestimate. 5 stars, fan, favorite and lensrolled to my Staycation lens made to promote artists of Imagekind.com.

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      jackmorgan 8 years ago

      Hi Delia,

      You've set up a nice lense here! Donna

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