Thursday, 25 April 2013

ANZAC DAY - Lest We Forget

Fields Of Red - © Serena Lewis
2½"x3½" ACEO - Matisse Acrylics
In Memory of Soldiers Lost

ANZAC DAY is one of Australia's most important national occasions. While red poppies have been more associated with Remembrance Day in the past, they are increasingly used for ANZAC DAY too because poppies are seen as the symbol for sacrifice in blood shed. On this day, we remember the Australian and New Zealand Army Corp who fought so bravely during the Gallipoli campaign in the First World War. Australia lost over 8000 soldiers. To read the history in more depth, please visit this link.

I would also like to express my deepest gratitude and thanks to the soldiers who still continue to protect us at risk to their own lives, on a daily basis, in foreign lands. They deal with terrible hardships on a physical and emotional level and I pray that they return home safely to their loved ones. Whether you are for or against war (I am pro-peace), there is no denying that these men and women sacrifice so much on our behalf and they deserve our utmost respect.

They shall not grow old, as we that are left grow old;
age shall not weary them nor the years condemn,
at the going down of the sun and in the morning,
we will remember them.



  1. Serena that is a beautiful piece and dedication. Nicely done. Love the colors. Hope you are well. By the way, the bread takes on the flavors of the herbs and olive oil and if you fry it crisp, it can stay a little crisp but still have a wet feel shall we say. Have a great tomorrow and again, your work is beautiful.

  2. What a beautiful painting and a wonderful tribute.

    I live in an area where poppies grow wild. In fact, HB and I just went to the local Poppy Festival this past weekend. Most of the ones around here are more orange than red.

  3. Lovely painting and tribute.

  4. so pretty! and a beautifully written message.

  5. Your painting is lovely Serena. I love the colors, they're amazing. Your post is very heartfelt. I can really feel it as those last four lines are touching.

  6. LOVELY tribute, Serena ((HUGS))

  7. What a wonderful painting and tribute ~ beautifully done ~ ^_^

  8. That's a gorgeous painting, Serena! :)

  9. wonderful tribute and post and I love the deep red of the poppies... the celebrations this year were fabulous weren't they...
    I also enjoyed a catch up of all you have been up to and you have been busy... lots of great books there, and the shelves and desk look fabulous... we have gone with lots of white as well and it is just so fresh and clean... lovely...xx

  10. this is beautiful, Serena. One of my favorites of yours.
    You are so thoughtful and caring about those who seen great hardships. xoxo

  11. Gorgeous painting and lovely tribute, Serena.

  12. Serena, the painting is so beautiful... and i am SO with you on expressing deep gratitude for the sacrifices others have made (and are still making). Love the poetry in the end. Says it all... You are one kind heart, Serena. xox

  13. Their sacrifice never grows old, and as they pass away, it behooves us to keep their memory alive.
    Your painting is a lovely tribute to their sacrifices.
    I haven't blogged much this year, I tend to interact more on Face Book, where I see you often. ♥

  14. This is a very touching tribute to all the men and women in the military. Blessings!

  15. Hi, I dropped by while checking that your art blog address is current, for my art blog ( Here's my simpler (naive?) red poppies: :-)

    1. Nice work, Bronwyn! Thanks for dropping by and, yes, my blog address is current and I'm hoping to get back into the swing of things very soon.