I’m Putting Up My Paintings

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When I first got the idea of blogging, I decided it would be all about my art.  But then I realized that fibromyalgia was a big part of my life.  I had gone through grieving over losing just about everything, and come out on the other side.  Part of that coming out on the other side, was being able to do art again.

When I became disabled from fibromyalgia and Lyme, I could no longer continue to do textiles.  I had majored in textile art in college and had sold my work and was showing it in galleries.  It was feeling like my art was going to take off.

But not so much.  Everything came to a halt, including textiles.

I thought I was done with art.  It was devastating.  My soul, who I am, is an artist.

Then, in September, 2013, a friend told me about a class that Flora Bowley was teaching on-line.

My first reaction, was no way, I don’t want to learn to paint a landscapes.

OK, Mrs. Negativity, it is an abstract painting class.  Oops.

So, I took the class with my friend.  It was amazing.  Flora not only teaches abstract painting, she is also all about living a spiritual, bold, beautiful life.  Yes, I totally related.  Flora calls us all Bloomers.  That’s what I am, a Bloomer.

Many of Flora’s students end up painting just like Flora.  But my first priority was to not paint like Flora.  She’s done it like herself and done it well.  I could never out Flora Flora. Besides, I want to be me.  Paint what is inside of me.

I had a digital painting program, so I could paint from bed.  The app is called Painter.  It is fabulous.  It comes with over 700 brushes.  Plus, I can make my own, which I do.  It has all kinds of media, oils, acrylics, pens, crayons, charcoal, conté, watercolor, etc.

I am soaring.  Art has been returned to me.

I had never really painted.  I felt lost.  I knew next to nothing about painting techniques.  My friend, Mimi, helped me.  I don’t know what I would have done without her help.  She led me along my new path.

Mimi is a very good artist.  You can check her out here.

I have now been painting for a year.  I feel that I am finally getting it.

Initially, I wanted to share in this blog what I learned about painting.  But now I realize there are really good teachers on You Tube.

I will put my paintings in a gallery for you to look at.

Click on Art Work on the menu and pick the Paintings gallery.  This will have all my recent art work.

  18 comments for “I’m Putting Up My Paintings

  1. November 26, 2013 at 4:52 pm

    You’re in the right place. I wish you the best on your journey.


  2. November 26, 2013 at 2:51 pm

    That is absolutely beautiful! I love it. I would love to have that hanging on my wall. You should be proud. You’ve definitely come to the right place for your illnesses. I have several chronic illnesses and pain, of which include fibromyalgia and CFS. It’s amazing to see that you are still able to to such beautiful artwork with fibromyalgia. I have no idea how long you’ve been blogging, but you will be amazed at all the kind, caring people, support and encouragement and the friendships you’ll build. Keep up with the beautiful artwork.
    Wild Thang 🙂


    • November 26, 2013 at 3:35 pm

      Thank you for your comments. I have just started blogging. Already, I’m finding a whole lot of caring, nice talented people to connect with.


  3. November 24, 2013 at 2:30 am

    Kerry, you have outdone yourself. It is just lovely work! I posted on my FB page.


    • November 24, 2013 at 3:08 pm

      Thank you again, Leigh. It is so nice of you. I was browsing through FB, and wow, there is my art! What a delightful surprise.


  4. November 21, 2013 at 6:07 pm

    Nice image~ love it
    Great work~


  5. dawnhosking
    November 21, 2013 at 3:04 am

    Reblogged this on dawnyhosking and commented:
    Kerry is inspirational, if you like art check this out….


    • November 21, 2013 at 7:59 am

      Oh WOW. You are fantastic. Thank you so much for reblogging this.

      I’m sorry your wrists bother you and you can’t do art anymore.

      I have a tremor, so I just incorporate it into my abstracts. That’s why there are no straight lines.


      • dawnhosking
        November 24, 2013 at 3:28 am

        That’s my pleasure, it’s just beautiful — I love the colours. It is disappointing not to be able to draw, I loved to draw horses — I’m passionate about all things equine.


  6. dawnhosking
    November 21, 2013 at 3:03 am

    I love the Blooomer concept and your art work is amazing. I did a diploma in Art when I left school and am a very creative person, writing is my passion but I’m an artist too — like you that has been taken away due to my wrists and hands being so unpredictable. The course sounds really good. 😉


  7. November 20, 2013 at 6:59 pm

    Very cool! I’m glad you found another outlet for your art. I like them all but one of the fish ones (I’ve forgotten the number) and abstracts 13 and 2 are my favorites. The letter to yourself one is awesome too. I love the idea of therpeutic art.


    • November 20, 2013 at 7:18 pm

      Thank you so much. I bet I know which fish painting you didn’t like. I don’t much like it either.


      • November 20, 2013 at 10:11 pm

        I liked them all! I was trying to say that one of the fish ones was one of my favorites but I worded it very poorly. Sorry about that! While I like all the fish ones, abstract 8 was my favorite of the bunch. There’s one you don’t like? I couldn’t guess which one – they are all pretty and interesting.


      • November 20, 2013 at 10:27 pm

        Oh thank you so much. I love all my paintings. Some just show more oomph than others. Thanks.


  8. Jumping_Jenny_444
    November 20, 2013 at 5:42 pm

    That is so awesome!! Love it!! 😀


    • November 20, 2013 at 5:47 pm

      Thannks, Jenny. I’ve been unsure how to post my art, so I just finally did it. Blogging is so new to me, I get a bit intimidated. But reading people like you encourages me. I have found some great blogs to follow by following you. We think alike. Therefore, we’re great! lol


      • Jumping_Jenny_444
        November 20, 2013 at 5:54 pm

        Like attracts like, so therefore we’ve all been brought together through our passion of being creative! 🙂


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