It’s been a whirlwind of a week for me. My father passed away unexpectedly last week, and then I had ArtWalk Ventura over the weekend — my big show of the year. A lot has been happening all at once.
I wasn’t going to write about my father’s passing because it didn’t seem relevant to my art, and then I thought — how can I not? My art is so tied up with my life, and this is a big life event.
My father was 90 and active right up to his last day. It’s how he would have wanted to go — quickly and without much suffering. But it’s a shock for myself, my mother, and my brother, as well as other family members and friends.
Here’s a picture of us taken many years ago by my Uncle Allan.
Pat, Howie, Buzz and Cassie Wedin
In making phone calls to tell people that he had died, I heard a lot of stories about what a wonderful and charming guy my dad was.
My memories of him are more mundane. The playhouse that he built in the backyard of our home. Days on the playground and evenings around the dinner table. Learning to ride a bicycle and playing chess. He was both an intellect and passionate about sports, interested in basketball, philosophy and current events.
As a teacher, coach and educational administrator, my dad impacted a lot of lives. My wish is that at the end of my life, I can say the same.
In memoriam: Harold “Buzz” Wedin, December 3, 1927 – October 1, 2018.
Who has had an impact on your life? I’d love to hear your thoughts. Please share them with us in the comments section below.
P.S. – I pulled everything together for ArtWalk and the show went very well. A BIG thank you to everyone who showed up to see my latest work and support my art.
With love and appreciation,