I Missed You Last Week

Jun 25, 2023

But I had no words. Someone I love deeply was suffering. This consumed my thoughts, and I had no words to share. She is no longer suffering, but still my words get stuck in my throat. There are people in our lives that change it irrevocably. Lucky for me she was so giving and caring that it allowed me something I had been denying myself. My biological father.

As this applies to my painting practice, it has changed my direction. I have been working (albeit slowly) on my flower paintings. I’m going to turn them to the wall for now and start something new. I don’t want to tell you about it yet, because I am preserving my energy and thoughts about it. As soon as it is underway, I will share it with you.

This is how my studio looked yesterday.
Something new this way comes.
A fresh palette always feels good.

Here is a painting I did a while back.

A Prayer for Nancy, oil, 6×8 – Michel McNinch

Thank you so much for being here. I treasure my fellow art lovers.


I’ll fly away, oh, Glory
I’ll fly away
When I die, Hallelujah, by and by
I’ll fly away

Albert E. Brumley, 1932


  1. Roxanne on June 25, 2023 at 11:14 am

    A prayer for Nancy is beautiful. Softly, tenderly, with grace going home

    • Michel McNinch on June 25, 2023 at 11:24 am

      Thank you.

  2. Alice on June 25, 2023 at 11:42 am

    Sending you love, Michel.

    • Michel McNinch on June 25, 2023 at 9:32 pm

      Much appreciated.

  3. Virginia Donovan on June 25, 2023 at 11:46 am

    We missed you too!
    Was hoping you were okay.
    Certainly understand…
    Beautiful sentiment.
    Beautiful painting.
    Sending you love…

    • Michel McNinch on June 25, 2023 at 9:36 pm

      Thank you, Virginia. I haven’t missed a post, so I thought “WWMD?’ What would Mary do?

  4. Missy Phillips on June 25, 2023 at 1:55 pm

    Lots of love and a warm hug to you.

    • Michel McNinch on June 25, 2023 at 9:37 pm

      Thank you.

  5. Dawn on June 25, 2023 at 4:21 pm

    Such a heartfelt tribute with your thoughts, words and this beautiful painting.

    • Michel McNinch on June 25, 2023 at 9:38 pm

      Thank you so much, Dawn. Everyone is class has been so supportive. It was also heartfelt all the lovely discussions our painters had around the table.

  6. Susan Burns on June 25, 2023 at 4:22 pm

    Michel, my heart goes out to you. A Prayer For Nancy is such a beautiful way to honor her. Please take good care of yourself. Grief is hard work.

    • Michel McNinch on June 25, 2023 at 9:41 pm

      Some glad morning…..

      Hey. When I thought of that hymn, I thought of you and your siblings (6?) singing your mother goodbye with hymns. I will always remember that.

      I want people to sing Creedence Clearwater Revival to me. lol. Lookin’ out my Back Door

  7. Ann Coleman Fosberry on June 25, 2023 at 4:58 pm

    Oh Michel, she sure loved You! I saw your painting over her bed. There are no words from me either. Just so sad to lose her.
    Do not deny yourself or anyone else the Extra Love you had all along!
    Lots of love from your cousin!

  8. Michel McNinch on June 25, 2023 at 9:44 pm

    Hey Ann! That is almost exactly what she told me. She said, “You’ve been a part of this family all along; you just didn’t know it..” I thought that was so kind. She also said, “If you lost AJ when he was 3, would you still love him at 30?” I sure am going to miss that kind of wisdom in my life. I’ll see her on the other side, tho. We’ll catch up.

  9. Tina and Laffey on June 27, 2023 at 3:46 pm

    I am just seeing/hearing about this now as we have been out of town. My heart aches for you and for Skip and the entire family. May peace be with Nancy as she’s not in pain and with Skip as he navigates her passing. We love you 🙏🏼❤️‍🩹

    • Michel McNinch on June 30, 2023 at 11:32 am

      Thank you so much. We are going to miss her.

  10. Karen on June 29, 2023 at 9:54 am

    Holding you in my heart.

    • Michel McNinch on June 30, 2023 at 11:32 am

      Thank you, friend. As I you.

  11. Dianne Meadow on June 30, 2023 at 9:18 am

    Michel, thinking of you and sending my love.

  12. Michel McNinch on June 30, 2023 at 11:33 am

    Thank you so much.

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