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Cocktail Still Life

Cocktail Still Life

This is one of a pair of art pieces that I’ve had in my gallery for a while.  I had a streak of selling a lot of gold abstracts and created many of them. But these are the last two!  But, I was sick of looking at them!! So, for whatever reason, I decided to give them a new look!

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My little artist, Rain!

My little artist, Rain!

Look out ART WORLD!  There’s a new artist growing nearby.  She is beautiful, talented, spirited, and she, like me, has that deep NEED to create.

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Shard-On-The-Go

Shard-On-The-Go

Meet Kristie! She’s the chief-of-all-things important at my Shard Shop empire!  We’re pictured here at an event at The Henderson Resort in Destin FL.

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Gratitude

Gratitude

This picture is a throwback!  Sweet memories of many beginnings.  I see two beautiful children with a safe and loving life ahead of them. 

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JOHN HONG 1960-2019

JOHN HONG 1960-2019

John Hong, 58, of Destin, FL, passed away at his home Monday, September 16, 2019, surrounded by his family after a long cancer journey.  John was born in Dobb’s Ferry, NY, on December 20, 1960 and grew up in New Jersey and Orlando, FL.  John was preceded in death in 2004 by his father Theodore Chin Hong and in 2012 by his mother Seouhee “Sue” Hong.  John is survived by his wife and partner of 27 years Mary (Schmiedicke) Hong and by their twin children Rain Hong and Kai Hong, age 12. He is also survived by his brother Robert of Tokyo, Japan, and many aunts, uncles and cousins in the United States and Korea.  John served as a Captain in the United States Air Force and flew the KC-135 Sratotanker between 1981 and 1988 and was recognized by the 22nd Air Refueling Squadron for outstanding  service. After his time in the service, John became a First Officer with Northwest Airlines and then Delta Airlines, flying internationally and serving two terms as a representative in the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA).  John enjoyed traveling the world and most especially the camaraderie of his fellow pilots and crews.  The highlight of John’s career was being based in Honolulu for 14 years flying wide-body trips to Asia and beyond.  He and Mary formed lifelong friendships and memories during their time there.

John’s greatest sources of pride were his children Kai and Rain who brought him endless entertainment and joy.  He bore his responsibility as a father nobly and gave great attention to their care, education, artistic pursuits, hobbies, and happiness.  When they were babies, John would jokingly refer to his children as “food-to-noise converters” John was amazed as they developed into talented pianists and artists, chess whizzes, card sharks, sailors, and funny, bright-hearted, gifted souls.  He loved them as true angels in his life and the one thing on planet earth he wasn’t quite ready to leave.

The painful stages of John’s journey were not only brightened by his children but also by the humor and dedication of his colleagues and friends, the real and virtual co-pilots from his professional  and personal life who became the quickest and surest sources of laughter for him on the darkest of days.

John also an avid collector of electronic gadgets at a bargain price, and was proud of his frugality. In  spite of his notorious bargain shopping, he was well known for his generosity,  gifting his bargain deals to many grateful recipients.  He truly enjoyed taking care of friends and family in every way  with dinners out, lively conversation, genuine interest in our goings-on, with his wit and wisdom throughout.

John’s family extends its heartfelt thanks for the compassionate and professional care he received from Dr. Mose Hayes and his staff at Sacred Heart Oncology; Dr. Kasi at the Mayo Clinic- Jacksonville;  Alyssa, Tracey and staff at Emerald Coast Hospice; and Katherine and staff at Destin Health Care and Rehabilitation.  The care and humanity you all showed John and his family was exceptional and a blessing to us.

We will remember John for his strong sense of justice, his folly in pointing on the idiosyncrasies (idiocies) in the world around him,  his love and pursuit of good sushi, good massages, and anything related to his second-home Hawaii, especially his expansive Hawaiian shirt collection. John  brought us all humor  with his dry sarcasm,  comfort of the pure generous heart sort,  gadget advice, a few conspiracy theories, and, when he beat you in a verbal spar, the purest smile of simple joy at winning the argument.  Dearest John, we miss you already.  Aloha. Mahalo.  A hui hou.

Arrangements are being coordinated with Davis-Watkins Funeral Home in Miramar Beach. Services for John Hong will be Thursday, September 19 at 11am at Saint Rita’s Catholic Church, 137 Moll Dr, Santa Rosa Beach, FL followed by a catered reception and celebration of life that same day from 4:30 to 6:30 at Pavilion F at Henderson State Park in nearby Destin, FL.  Hawaiian shirts and flip-flops welcome.  A burial service will be held in Hawaii in November.

A fund has been established for Kai and Rain at https://www.gofundme.com/f/hong-children-scholarship-fund?utm_source=customer&utm_medium=copy_link&utm_campaign=p_cp+share-sheet

Hi Everyone! Thank you so much for reaching out, being with us, celebrating with us and surrounding us with God’s grace. We are very humbled. I just wanted to amend the obituary slightly to note that we will not be burying John in November. It’s just too hard for me to get that all together with two kids in school. I’m shooting for Mid March 2020. It will still happen at Punchbowl, National Cemetery of the Pacific (John and I lived near there for many years!!) I will update this site as well as my blog and the funeral home’s obit too. Plz share pictures and stories on the gofundme.com site for Kai and Rain’s educational fund. I love all the old pictures! It’s amazing. With gratitude..
Mary

https://www.gofundme.com/f/hong-children-scholarship-fund

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Two years

Two years

Gosh…here I go! This is a blog post that’s been in my head for two years now.  I’ve written it in my head, expressed it all. I run through the sentiments almost daily.  I’ve never, ever had the chance to peck it out.

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Bottles and Crates

Bottles and Crates

I wish I had “Before” pictures of these. The bottom was an old crate. I have a few artist friends that drop off these old, thin crates that have been beaten and stickered and have served their purpose. But hey..they’re flat, sturdy and have an edge. Perfect for ART!

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Summer Painting

Summer Painting

Summer fun, for me, means non-stop painting. You know it’s bad when my art migrates over to the ping-pong table.

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Small Fishies

Small Fishies

It’s still summer!  There isn’t much of it left.  I’ve been painting over-sized masterpieces all summer long and finally paused long enough to create these little fishies! 

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Christmas In July

Christmas In July

I think I know where that term came from….”Christmas in July!” It means, get to work making art for Christmas!

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Guitars

Guitars

I got a little crazy.  It happens. I’m an artist.  Stay away from artists. They get a little, well, yep, crazy. 

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