April 6th 2014: Raphael's Birthday - and a Day for Hasan Niyazi
Hasan sent this to Ed on his 37th birthday. It is the Niccolini-Cowper Madonna in the National Gallery in Washington.
Hasan and I met in August 2000, and we lived together til July 2013 (13 years)! Wow! what a great life we shared together, we enjoyed much of the same things, movies, art, nature, soccer, travel and eating out at restaurants. The only thing we didnt share was our taste in music, Hasan was into ...Well I call it 'weird stuff', and I was still stuck in the 70's (Skyhooks, Dragon, Little River Band etc...) lol
As much as I loved the passion Hasan had for Raphael, I think a lot of it will be covered by his art historian close friends on this special Raphael/Hasan Day, and to tell you the truth I am a bit 'Raphaeled Out', as I had Raphael in my life daily for many years remember. :) We had Raphael all over the house, from books, prints, even a fairing of 'Madonna of the Goldfinch' to little framed Raphaels.....the list goes on. Hasan would always read me bits and pieces from his extensive book collection on Raphael.
So my blog piece will just be from the heart with photos, poems and drawings that Hasan left me, and now make up the memories that I cherish the most. I am a scrapbooker, memory keeper (or as Hasan used to say...'Hoarder'). Scrapbooking is a method for preserving personal and family history in the form of a scrapbook. Typical memorabilia include photographs, printed media, and artwork. Scrapbook albums are
often decorated and frequently contain extensive journaling.
Hasan and his beloved Astro
A sketch Hasan drew of me back in 2001
A poem he sent me in a card back in 2001. I loved his handwriting
The poem says...
I miss my girl, I miss her smile,
Though she's only been gone a little while,
I love her laugh, I love her voice,
I love her hugs and kisses of course,
Still most of all, I love her heart,
So kind and giving from the start,
What's better still is she loves me,
So my smile is true, just wait and see
A recent Hasan selfie
This was my 2013 prediction for Hasan....
1) Stay fit and healthy
2) Finish a major part of your 'Raphael' project
3) Go on a nice holiday with me :)
4) Be a fabulous uncle to your new nephew Taylan
One of the last selfies, Hasan took of himself.
He's looking very daper, don't you think?
Hasan 'Best Man' at Dave and Zalaks wedding
Hasan in Pattaya' Thailand in 2005 with his two cheeky friends!
Hasan with 'Chloe' in the background
Photos taken at Monselvat in 2013
Way back in 2000 - He always said the nicest things :)
Our trip to 'Playa Del Carmen' Mexico in 2006
Hasan standing in front of 'Chitzinitza'
OMG!! - I remember that day vividly it was about 50 degrees in the shade!!!
Astro's first birthday!! lol
I just had to add this page of Hasans beloved Astro
Hasan in Florence 2013
Lunch at Abbortsford Convent in Collingwood 2012
Frosty fruit share 2012 :)
Once upon a time I kissed a frog and fell in love with the handsome Prince!
Another poem from Hasan...
When things are meant to be,
Angels will see it to be done,
So long have I searched and dreamed,
For the love from that special one...
A smile and a blessing you are to my heart,
Like sunshine on a beautiful day,
Beside you Sharon my joy is so true,
In my heart you will forever stay..
On that note I would like to say, that Hasan has not left my side since he passed away. He is still with me in the course of my day, every place I go and every place I look--and this is a great source of strength and comfort :)
I am 55yrs old. Yes! I'm an old chook!! lol I have three grown up children, two still live with me. Recently my partner 'Hasan' of 13 years passed away. I miss him so much, it's been a very sad time for me. I have been a Folk Art Painter for over 10 years and have dabbled in most Art forms from sewing, mosiacs, knitting, stamping, and all types of papercrafts etc..
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