March 07, 2016 5 min read 18 Comments

“So...what will you do with your one wild and precious life?”

- Mary Oliver -

 

“Nothing changes - between heartbeats - everything changes.”  

- Jim Powers -

The good news is... Creative Catalyst will continue its mission.

 

The sad, nearly unspeakable news is:

In the early morning hours, March 1, 2016, one human being, embracing life and art, broke her heart and ours and left us behind in shock and disbelief.  Lynn was my girlfriend, co-creator, wife, companion, friend in laughter and sadness and other countless ways.  43 years together in marriage. Nearly 66 years in life.  A blip in the expanse of space-time.

 

Some, reading this will have known Lynn’s humorous wisdom face to face.  Some only through this newsletter, some as you listen to the video introductions narrated by Lynn; fondly known as “the voice of Creative Catalyst”.  Some of you may have only known her by visiting Creative Catalyst where she and I co-created an imagined dream starting at the dawn of the Millennium.  It soon grew with additional crew and editors: Kelly, our daughter and her (soon to be) husband Zach and of course Susan.  Because of them and you we flourished.

 

Some of you have given us the supreme gift of your visits to our home around the excuse of filming a video.  Lynn, and I cherished each visit.  How wonderful to get to know each of you and sometimes your spouse or dog.  You each came up in memory and casual conversation, often.   To you we are eternally grateful for who you are and what you give to art, your human spirit and creativity.

 

Some, reading this today have known Lynn as a watercolor teacher.  Some as a colleague at a workshop or study group, some in your shared duties in the Watercolor Society of Oregon.

 

All of you have a shared love bordering on healthy addiction to creating art, growing as an artist, sharing your acquired wisdom with your fellows and through your art as a human being.  What a fabulous community to be part of as Lynn’s companion in life.

 

Whether you read this in our newsletter or on our website or it has been forwarded to you by a friend, you all have known Lynn.  Her words, spirit, wit, voice, creativity, and love for art and nature are infused in the swirling waters of Creative Catalyst.

 

Some of you have only known Lynn and Creative Catalyst as customers.  I wish to thank each of you especially for your purchases and loyalty over the years.  Without you there is no Creative Catalyst.  We are a small family dream with one super efficient staff member, Susan who many of you have communicated with and all of you have touched as she also packs and ships each DVD with her capable hands.  Lynn and I are grateful to her on a daily basis.

 

Lynn’s evolution as a watercolor artist was in full bloom at her death, as was her beloved garden.  It is you, our customers and Susan our staff that gave her the gift of time to create art full-time.  So you are each, partially to blame for her success and happiness in art.  And I send each of you a hug and a cry.

 

Lynn had just achieved a milestone that some of you are past and all of you can achieve, if you put in the "brush miles" and have patient and persistent faith in listening to your precious, though sometimes quiet, inner voice.  Lynn had just become trusting of her own style and was excited to begin an exploration of “strong women.”  I had the joy and pleasure of watching her winning the epic struggle (more often than not) of the dance of mind, imagination, hope, hand, brush, paper, paint and water.  To nourish the creative seed into life, an idea, gestation, the first bold or tentative, hopeful, line or stroke, that would bring to life the inner person of each subject for others to behold.

I think I’ve just described life.

 

If you will indulge me, I would like to share further thoughts of Lynn in future newsletters and/or blog entries.  It is helpful for me to be able to write about her to other artists who have a shared creative spirit.

 

Lynn lived in full Gratitude for her full life.  It just ended too soon.

 


Lynn’s Book of Life

We are not the usual “business” and you are not the “usual” customers, so I am taking the liberty of asking you for something special.

 

I would like to leave a living story of Lynn for her/our grandchildren.  Max is 4, Audrey 3, Lillian a few weeks old, and yet unnamed granddaughter aka “Peanut”, due in April.

 

I only know Lynn from one point of view.  You know here from thousands.  Together we can paint a more dimensional picture of who this human being is.  It is my preference that you give this some thoughtful space and write stories, draw, paint of your times with Lynn, observations about her (positive and negative), or about any words she may have spoken or written that had a special effect on your life, or personal reactions to any of her paintings or images. How has Lynn’s creative expression of life caused an effect on yours? And photos you may have taken of Lynn would also be wonderful.

 

I realize I am asking much from you in your “wild and precious lives” to take time for this.  And I also know that this is the only time that your outpouring of love for Lynn will make it possible.  I also believe that it is the greatest gift I can leave those who are too young to have known their grandma.

This is a “guilt free” zone.  And I will treasure each of your contributions to Lynn’s Book of Life.

Please send email versions to Kelly who is collecting them for the family:KellyAnnePowersStudio@gmail.com

For those who wish to send a paper copy by snail mail use:  PO box 767, Albany, OR 97321.



Lynn Powers Art – WSO Memorial fund

Our kids and I are thinking of some memorial that can be left to the future of art.  We will be contributing to a fund for artist awards and scholarships for the Oregon Watercolor Society where Lynn built many friendships.  We think she would like this as this perpetual gifts to artists will nourish their growth past that day when Lynn’s physical life can do so.

Send donations to “Oregon Watercolor Society” through Creative Catalyst.  PO Box 767, Albany, OR 97321.  Or use LynnPowersWSOFund  (https://www.gofundme.com/LynnPowersWsoFund) for online donations.

In Gratitude,

Jim


18 Responses

Lillian Updike
Lillian Updike

March 22, 2016

Thank you for the beautiful tribute you gave for the life of your wife. I wish I had known her. You and all your family have my heart felt sympathy as you live your lives without her and celebrate her life as she lived it with you all.

Beth Pennington
Beth Pennington

March 10, 2016

I am so sorry for your loss. I am just a long time customer but felt like I knew something of Lynn from her excellent commentaries on the DVD’S, the articles she wrote, and her willingness to share her paintings and personal art journey with us. She came across as a loving, caring woman of intregrity with a delightful personality. My deepest sympathy to you and your family and friends.

Jean Deval
Jean Deval

March 09, 2016

My sincere condolences to you and your family. I live in the UK and we have nothing like Creative Catalyst and I only discovered you on a visit to the US some years ago. Since them I have a whole library of your great DVDs and can honestly say that you changed my life and gave it meaning when in my 70s. I’m in my 80s now and still frequently refer back to them for help and advice. Many, many thanks to all of you who took part and who supported dear Lynn in all her endeavours. It cannot have been an easy time during the last few months. We feel for you deeply.
Sincerest good wishes and know that Lynn was a fabulous person in so many way.
Jean Deval, UK

Andrea Needel
Andrea Needel

March 09, 2016

I am a devoted customer and am so sad and sorry to read of Lynn’s passing. Your DVDs are a blessing and Lynn’s lovely voice adds so much. It’s wonderful to hear about Lynn’s background and family. Your family and Susan have created an important resource for artists. Lynn’s voice and vision will continue to be heard. My sincere condolences to all of you.

ginger young
ginger young

March 08, 2016

I am so very sorry to learn of Lynn’s transition. Her love will live on through you & the people who were closest to her.
Your company has been a blessing in my life as I can learn so much & go back over anything I don’t recall correctly.
Life is a gift is to be lived in the present. Instead of mourning her, I think you were extremely fortunate to have such a loving & giving partner in your life for so many years.
You’ll be able to tell wonderful stories to your grandchildren & she will live on through them as well.
Sending you comforting thoughts,

rosemary farrell
rosemary farrell

March 08, 2016

What precious memories you have of a kind generous soul, My deepest sympathy to you and your family. And thank you for you site. It encourages us all.

Betty Stapleton
Betty Stapleton

March 08, 2016

My deepest condolences to you all during this time.

Elva Sinnott
Elva Sinnott

March 08, 2016

I cannot express my sadness at this news … I am just a customer – I have a number of your unique & outstanding DVDs which have given me invaluable inspiration over the years .I have told Susan so many times how I would have loved to have come & helped out (even done the cleaning if nothing else !) just to have experienced the amazing vision & hugely creative enterprise you all developed. No luck because it was a bit of a pipe dream! My heart goes to you all in the tragic loss of a wonderful woman who will be remembered for her vitality & passion to explore & share the creative spirit . With love & any support possible from a long way away xxxxxxx

sharon guinn
sharon guinn

March 08, 2016

Shocked and saddened by Lynn’s passing…I remember her wonderful smile and ease at meeting people. I met her at WSO right after you launched Creative Cat …gracious, hard working ,talented, down to earth special. The world should stop when one like Lynn steps off into the heavens. So sorry for your deep loss..our loss.

Glenda McClellan
Glenda McClellan

March 08, 2016

I am so sorry for you loss. I only knew Lynn as a viewer of your lovely DVD’s. I always felt that she, like I, was always reaching for her best. That best that was ever changing as we grew in our own ability. Also, I loved the bloopers, the wit and personal touch that was given to us as further insight to the artists that we admired. It helped us to know that they were just like us, reaching forward. A gentle soul has left us, but she leaves us enriched by having been among us. My prayers are for you and your family. God bless you.

Marjorie Ewell
Marjorie Ewell

March 08, 2016

I cannot believe what I just read. I am sad that such a good, creative and talented person can be gone in the blink of an eye. I offer my deepest condolences to you and your family,
I met Lynn at Florida Watercolor Society in Sarasota quite a while ago. Since I had been a customer from early on, I was happy to put a face to her name, never expecting this to happen. My heart goes out to you and your children and grandchildren and hope you can take comfort in knowing she was loved by many..

Marjorie Ewell
Marjorie Ewell

March 08, 2016

I cannot believe what I just read. I am sad that such a good, creative and talented person can be gone in the blink of an eye. I offer my deepest condolences to you and your family,
I met Lynn at Florida Watercolor Society in Sarasota quite a while ago. Since I had been a customer from early on, I was happy to put a face to her name, never expecting this to happen. My heart goes out to you and your children and grandchildren and hope you can take comfort in knowing she was loved by many..

Donna James
Donna James

March 08, 2016

Heaven is in for an abundance of delights with Lynn. She is bringing her joy, her spark, and her belief in good Karma to the presence of the angels. We can never keep our loved ones for long, but we can be the keepers of their memories forever. God bless you all. Donna James

Larry Coleman
Larry Coleman

March 08, 2016

What a beautiful tribute for your dear wife . . . My prayers for God’s peace to comfort you and everyone who knew Lynn. Philippians 4:4-7

Larry Coleman
Larry Coleman

March 08, 2016

What a beautiful tribute for your dear wife . . . My prayers for God’s peace to comfort you and everyone who knew Lynn. Philippians 4:4-7

Scott Marshall
Scott Marshall

March 08, 2016

I did not know Lynn, but I am a very, very long-time customer, and I have always received great service, for some of which Lynn must have been responsible. I’m happy for CCP’s success, but so, so sorry for your loss.

Sue Pollins
Sue Pollins

March 08, 2016

Creative Catalyst an endeavor to be so proud of and so appreciated and shared.

James
James

March 08, 2016

So deeply touched by reading this. I don’t have the words to express how I feel for Lynn’s family and all of her dear friends. What kind and gentle souls you are. May peace find all of you soon. We will always miss her…

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