My good blogging friends, I have been away for awhile. Ken’s Celebration of Life was held last Sunday at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. My family and friends worked very hard to make sure that every element spoke of Ken and it was a success with traditional and non-traditional elements. The day was full of laughter and stories about my remarkable man. And there were a few tears too – but only a few – as we realized how much he will be missed.
The week after Ken passed away I received an offer that seemed so directly tied to our recent experience that I could not refuse. The scientific research journal Cell Stem Cell found my paintings through my blog (wonderful things happen to those who blog!). They asked if I would allow one of my paintings to be used in their journal. Their February issue was just published with my painting on the front cover. As you may remember Ken had his stem cells harvested last Spring in order to make a vaccine to fight his cancer. Here’s my cover painting and the caption that explains it:
On the cover: This issue features a special review focus on hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs). The cover image is a watercolor painting by Linda Halcomb, Indianapolis, IN (USA) entitled “Blood Flow 2,” which is designed to depict blood and blood vessels. Linda completed this painting while her husband Ken was having hematopoietic cells harvested as part of his cancer treatment. Ken sadly lost his battle with cancer late last year, and the use of this image for our cover honors his life and his commitment to fighting his disease.