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Flower painting brings back beautiful memories for Bowen Island woman

Mexican girl finds note on back of painting and sends message to the artist now living in Canada

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In the spring of 2012, 12-year-old Indigo Grant painted a picture at school and brought it back to her family home in Ajijic, Mexico.

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It was created on canvas, a flower in a blue vase with purple background, and Indigo decided she really didn’t like it.

“I was really down on myself at that age,” said Grant, from her Bowen Island home on Sunday.

She threw the painting out, and it was retrieved by her mom who told her that one day it would mean something to her and to hang on to it.

So Grant decided to write a note on the back of the painting and she hung it in her bedroom.

The note on the back read “Dear whoever, It’s Indigo Grant at age 12 and I wanted to write on the back cuz one day if I find this or someone else does, I want to remember this. I (heart) you!.”

From the ages of 12 to 17 it stayed as a gentle reminder of the beauty in her family garden and surrounds — and to love herself.

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In 2018 Grant moved to Vancouver, and in 2020 to Bowen Island where she works with children. Her family’s home, on Lago de Chapala south of Guadalajara, was sold and the painting left in place in the bedroom.

Then, on Sunday morning, Grant received a Facebook message from a little girl in Mexico.

Bowen Island woman Indigo Grant has received a message from a young Mexican woman who found a note on the back of an artwork that Grant painted in 2012.
Bowen Island woman Indigo Grant has received a message from a young Mexican woman who found a note on the back of an artwork that Grant painted in 2012. Photo by Submitted photo /PNG

It read, “I’m Jojo I’m 11. I’m writing from my dad’s account because I’m not on Facebook. I wanted you to know that your painting is hanging in my room in Ajijic and I love it. I found your note and I liked seeing it. I like to paint too!”

“It brought tears to my eyes,” she told Postmedia News. “That experience was so impactful for me as a child.”

Grant responded to Jojo on Facebook.

“I woke up this morning, read your beautiful message and sprung out of bed to quickly FaceTime my mom and tell her all about it. We laughed and cried over this beautiful memory,” Grant wrote.

“I remember coming home in tears and upset because I hated it and my mom told me to write a note on the back, so one day I will look back and treasure this and love myself and the artwork I made. Or someone else will and it’ll be a sign if it comes back into my life.

“Thank you for reaching out. What a beautiful memory to have been reminded of.”

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