And When He Sleeps He Dreams Of Stars

When my Grandad died last year he left us some money. I am sure most of it will get swallowed up by the ever increasing cost of family life, but I wanted to make sure I purchased something to keep – something we would treasure and something to remind us of him.

I decided to buy a piece of original art. I didn’t really know where to start, as my budget is usually more Athena poster than fine art gallery. A little while after making the decision to buy something I came across the work of Yvonne Coomber, which I just adore. I even went to see some in a gallery and they were even more stunning in the flesh. But I just couldn’t decide which one I wanted – I liked them all, but not one in particular, so I decided to wait until I saw something that I just HAD to buy.

But then a better idea came along, one that should have been obvious from the outset. My friend, the very one who designed my pretty header at the top of this blog, is an artist. A very talented artist who’s work I have always admired – so why not get her to do a painting for us. Something unique and personal.


I started with the idea that I wanted something based around this photograph of Syd. It is such a dramatic shot and I always thought it would be amazing with some sort of dreamlike background – and that is really all I gave Shelley to go on.

On Christmas Eve she arrived with the finished painting, a surprise for my other half who knew nothing about it, and a joint Christmas present to the two of us from my Grandad. I am utterly in love with it, it is just so perfect. The sleeping wolf in the stars is to represent my Grandad’s protection, and being a bit of a space geek I adore the setting for the wonderful portrait of Syd. I couldn’t be anymore delighted with how it turned out, and feel that I truly have a lasting family heirloom.


syd sleeps in the stars painting


syd painting


syd sleeps in the stars 1


wolf painting


syd sleeps framed



So next time you are thinking about a new work of art for your house, why not consider comissioning something really special rather than choosing off the wall – I know I am so thrilled we did!

Love Miss Cisco XXX

You can find more of Shelley’s artwork on her website here and her facebook page here.



  1. January 8, 2015 / 10:34 am

    Wow – that is stunning. What a beautiful family treasure x
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  2. January 8, 2015 / 11:25 am

    Oh my goodness – that is STUNNING! I LOVED the sleeping wolf even before reading why you included it. Gorgeous idea xx
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  3. January 8, 2015 / 2:14 pm

    love this and think it is brilliant to have the personal touch. I am sure your Grandad would be very pleased his legacy is living on in this way. You have given me a great idea as my sister is a brilliant artist and I am now going to ask her if she will redesign my blog header! x
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  4. January 8, 2015 / 3:56 pm

    Sonya this is just adorable and such a great idea, what talented friend you have. Lovely xxxx
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  5. January 8, 2015 / 7:09 pm

    It’s fantastic! What a great way to remember your Grandad and a lasting memory of Syd as a little boy. You will treasure this picture forever.
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  6. January 8, 2015 / 7:37 pm

    That’s so amazing that you got a special keepsake which reminds you of your grandad. A lovely thing to treasure close to your heart. x
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  7. January 8, 2015 / 10:00 pm

    Wow – what a lovely way to remember your Grandad and to also capture your son. Brining together two generations in one piece of art.
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  8. January 9, 2015 / 6:52 am

    That is beautiful! A gorgeous photo but what a fabulous piece of art. Definitely something yo treasure and what a talented artist!
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  9. January 9, 2015 / 11:51 am

    What a lovely idea, and the painting is beautiful. I did something similar with money left to me by my lovely Mum, I bought a piece of original artwork which makes me smile every time I look at it and think of Mum x
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  10. January 9, 2015 / 2:26 pm

    Wow that is such a wonderful idea and the painting is stunning x

  11. January 10, 2015 / 2:50 pm

    This is such a beautiful photo of Syd, so I’m not surprised you have chosen it as a base for an art project. Wonderful personal artwork, poetic and most original.
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  13. January 11, 2015 / 9:06 am

    It is a truly stunning piece of art and I am sure it will be one that your family treasures forever
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