"Everybody knows a work of art takes at least an hour!" Lucy to Linus, (Peanuts)

FineArtViews Painting Competition - Twice in the Fav 15%

http://canvoo.com/boldbrush/badge/13203 three times selected for FAV15%, Fine Art Views Bold Brush Painting Competition

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

An Empty Space

This shot is from last winter but is an adequate sentiment regarding the state of my art life right now. The space is empty - of me.  But not in my head or heart:-) Next week this cast is supposed to come off and physio starts so that the ankle can be strengthened and I will once again be able to hop, skip, or jump my way out here in all weathers!  I just hope I am not too rusty. I have not even been sketching. It's just not there for me right now. I do, however, sense things happening in my little grey cells, especially way in back, hiding underneath the blankets I have piled on to protect my fragile psyche while I heal. New paintings are fermenting...I can tell. Even I am not sure what they will be yet. It's kind of exciting, really, to be surprised when I start new work, especially when I carefully plan it and then it digresses from that plan.

Good news, though, in that my latest bone density scan shows improvement! That is the first time in a long time. The Strontium and Super D that I take daily must be working. I gave up on bisphosphonates (Fosamx, Actonal,) etc. after being on them for about seven years. They help in the beginning but only make the bones more brittle in the long run. Yes, I have osteoporosis. My mother had it and my grandmother, both quite severely. I refuse to give in to this. There is a utube video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DVfG-YiM4ZM. It is reputed to be Ginger Rogers at 92, dancing with her 29 year old grandson, but is in fact a 79 year old British lady dancing with her 35 year old instructor - but who cares - it is a wonderful example of what refusing to give in to feebleness in old age can do! Of course, I do know that some things can't be overlooked, ignored, or refused - some illnesses come without warning, without any way of fighting them, and without fairness concerning how well one has taken care of oneself. Still, I hope to maintain a modicum of dignity and strength as I age, and the courage to speak up about what is important to me. I want to hang on to all of my marbles as long as possible:-)

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Slow Recovery

For any and all who might be interested this is the present state of my broken ankle - healing but more to follow. I am now on my second cast and they gave me this attractive boot to strap on to make getting around a bit easier. I can sometimes hobble out here to the studio where I have been catching up on paperwork, emails, blog reading, and insect murdering. (For all that I am a vegan, and I really do hate to kill anything, even bugs, but when they invade and try to take over my territory I am a regular Conan the Barbarian.) I even managed to pack up a painting to ship out to a show in Vancouver which I got to the shipper with the help of dear husband and help/mate, Bob.

I am working up to returning to actually painting and/or drawing. Somehow the motivation hasn't been there yet. I will reach a point where it is more painful NOT to be painting than it is to BE painting. 

Meanwhile I have to work up the strength to hobble back to the house and hope I get there before it starts to rain. I hate to see a grown woman cry.