Monday, May 28, 2012
Saturday, May 5, 2012
Saturday, April 28, 2012
So now I've completed my 100th painting. I now have the right to ask myself..."am I any good? Well, in all honesty, I dont know. I do know I am much better than when I started.
I received the latest trade from the flower trade (all the way from Australia) and it is bright and cheerful. I on the other hand am no where near that emotion. I've put the flower in front of my keyboard to remind me to cheer up. It's all in GOD's hands. Weather my 100th painting is any good, weather I get a car (my died this week and I can't afford to buy another), weather I continue to help the elderly couple I've taken care of for the past 5 years (it's getting beyond me with both dementia), when my poor dog will die (recently discovered he has brain cancer), and even when I will be a widow again. My poor wonderful husband has been fighting recurring kidney cancer for 6 years. It recently became aggressive. We have tried all the treatments allowed by the FDA, and nothing worked for long. So in a desperate attempt to keep him alive a bit longer, a week ago he had surgery. (Understand the first surgeons we requested this from denied us). When they got inside they found it was much worse than anticipated. Bigger and attached to everything. They layed in the area where his kidney used to be.The largest one measured over 8 cm (that is large for cancer). It was attached to the Aorta, Vena Cava, completely encased the adrenal gland, in several lymph nodes, attached to his diaphragm, and the one I feared - it was attache to his liver.
The skillful surgeon had originally said it would take 3 hours. It took 7 (plus closing). When it was over the doctor himself came out and actually drew me a picture of what he found, and what he did. He said he believed he got it all. The one worry is whether he got enough of the liver. You can only take so much of it, and he was not positive he got enough for clear margins. The liver is a miraculous thing in that it will re-grow itself if it has enough left. So we wait for results on the margin. The last thing the surgeon said as he was leaving. "This was difficult. More so than I thought it would be, but it went well. Just remember, this is kidney cancer. It will come back. We don't know how long or where but it will come back". Not that I needed to be reminded of this. We were told by everyone this whole time, even as we asked doctors to do the surgery. But hopefully, it buys my husband more time. Hopefully, I'll still be married at our 1 year anniversary.
Back to the original subject. Things ending. Today, GOD willing, I will finish my 100th painting.
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Sunday, April 8, 2012
Sunday, April 1, 2012
Friday, March 30, 2012
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Friday, March 16, 2012
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Monday, March 5, 2012
Monday, February 20, 2012
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Wetcanvas miniature forum is hosting a trade that I signed up for. The only rule of what it is to be is flowers. I LOVE FLOWERS. I love painting them in all kinds of mediums, so of course I signed up.
I have six months to complete them. Then they must be mailed (one to each of the people on the list). Each person I mail to will also send one to me. Pretty cool I think. I have started several already. I had to stop starting them because I ran out of trading cards. I went to the art supply store to get more, but they were out of them. I did pick up some larger artist canvas pads that I can cut to several of the right size. Problem with that is we all know I have good intentions about such things but I really really hate cutting anything. I am not good at it. I dont cut straight, and it usually looks sloppy so I'll give it a few days and if I dont do it, I'll order some online.
Oh, one more thing, we are not suppose to post the pictures of the flowers on wetcanvas until the people recieve them, I dont think it matters if I post it here as long as I dont say who it went to.
Thursday, February 9, 2012
Another ACEO on canvas paper. I love painting these little ones, but man I really, really dislike trying to photograph them!
I posed a question in wetcanvas today, I'm not sure where you are suppose to sign and ACEO. My signature normally takes up a bit more room them I would like it to on an ACEO.
Although I've painted a couple of water scenes, I've not paited anything needing a reflection before so that was new (and challenging).
When I decided a few weeks ago that I would like to (for now anyway) specialize in animals (and maybe so florals) I think it was the right decision for me. When I wake up I am thinking of painting, and when I go to sleep I think of painting, and they are all pleasant thoughts. Much better than when I am frustratingly trying to get a persons portrait just right and they change their mind about what they want 6 times. Yup, think I like animals better than people. :)
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Friday, February 3, 2012
Well, I kept checking my email, and checking, and nothing. I dont check my snail mail all that often. I just dont. I should have because when I checked it yesturday, along with several days worth of mail, was an exceptance letter. :)
The formalites still need to be done, like filling out a form, mailing the form and a check (membership dues), but, I was accepted. This is the first I had to be jurried into, so I am pretty happy right now... :)
Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Friday, January 13, 2012
This is a larger one 22"x28". I just love painting roses! Clearly not enough time to paint them all but I intend to make a go of it. The large size of this one did make the process seam longer where I had to keep getting up and standing back and looking because it was too big to see it clearly up close. I painted it in oils with lots and lots of thin glazes. I rather like how it turned out.
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Sunday, January 8, 2012
Wednesday, January 4, 2012
I got to paint to today. Not for a long time, but I got to paint for 2 glorious hours today! Yeah! I did a small painting (8"x 10") in acrylic. Not my best painting, but cute and I like it.
I love looking at birds. Dont know the names or anything but like looking at them. The whole time I was painting this one I thought it was a robbin, it wasnt until it was done my son corrected me and told me it was an oriole.
I decided I wasnt completely happy with the oriole painting so I went about adjusting it, this time in oils. I signed it this time so I think I'm happy with it