Saturday, August 1, 2009

Ashes To As..--Painting?


There are many ways you have heard of to honor the deceased loved one from scattering the ashes at sea,tossing them from a helicopter over the mountains and even more recently sending them into space.This is a "different" approach...

"Widow uses dead husband's ashes for painting
A widow has immortalised the memory of her husband by commissioning a painting using his ashes.


The oil painting depicts a photo taken on the couple's final holiday last June Photo: CATERS

As well as following tradition and scattering some of his ashes the mother-of-one she chose to have the artwork made as a permanent and everlasting reminder of the former toolsetter.

"I always say that when I look at the painting I can feel George holding my hand," Mrs Filkins said.


Mr Filkins died of a heart attack last September following complications with a stomach ulcer.

The oil painting depicts a photo taken on the couple's final holiday last June, and is the view from their apartment in Menorca, Spain.


Just two weeks after their trip, Mr Filkins became ill and spent the next six weeks at Wolverhampton's New Cross Hospital.

After his death Mrs Filkins, of Bradley, read an article on Sunderland artist Val Thompson, who specialises in incorporating ashes into her paintings, and decided to post some of her husband's ashes to her.

"I saw it in the paper and thought it was a nice idea to have," said the 55-year-old.

The painting cost around £900 and now takes pride of place in her living room. Mrs Filkins added: "It was on an easel when Val uncovered it I cried and fell in love with it.

"It's a happy picture and gives me the feeling I had when we were on holiday."

The couple met in 1972 when they both worked at the Lowe & Fletcher metal factory in Hatton Street, Bilston.

Mrs Filkins spent eight years as a secretary, while her husband was a tool setter for 40 years. They married at St Leonard's Church in Bilston, two years after meeting. Their only son Lee is now 29.

Mrs Filkins, a Wolves fan, also scattered some of her husband's ashes under his long-held seat in the Jack Harris stand at Molineux Stadium."

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