Category: art

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Before I got sick, I was becoming a fairly successful textile artist.

Then after getting FM/Lyme, I couldn’t do any art at all.

About a year ago, I started painting digitally on the computer.  It brought my art back to me.  Being an artist is what I am about.  I have to do art for my soul to be OK.

I started out doing really bright paintings using all colors of the rainbow.  Then I decided to try muted colors.  I’ve done that for a bit, but have decided that BRIGHT is what I am about.

So here is my latest piece where I start using brighter colors.

You can see this along with all my other paintings by looking in the menu under Gallery and choosing Paintings.

Thanks for taking a look.

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.

I Got Another Award

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Just before I left for Hawaii, super nice Jenn at My Fibrotastic Life, gave me yet another award.  I am so honored.

This award is called, I am Part of the Word Press Family.  It was started by Shaun whose blog is Looking for reasoning in to a complicated word.

I am very honored to have received this award.

When one wins this award, that person is to award it to ten others.  I barely have started blogging, and don’t know that many Word Press bloggers, so I am awarding less than ten.

I am just starting to get that Word Press is a family.  Most days at lunch, I sit at my computer and read the blogs I subscribe to.  I’m starting to get to know blogging and bloggers.  I really look forward to reading the blogs I am getting to know.

I am mostly interested in other artists and people with fibromyalgia/CFS/Lyme.  Those two things are most of my life.

I would like to pass this award on to:

Dawn Y. Hosking, who has been so supportive of me and my blog.  Check her blog out here.

I would also like to pass the award to another supportive reader, Daniel Milberg, an awesome photographer.

I absolutely have to award Heather Roberts whose blog is Sincerely Ms. Roberts.  Her blog is always interesting with subject all over the map.

I always enjoy seeing what Hanno Phenn comes up with in his art.  So I include him in this award.

Bodies On the Beach-5

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I’m happy to report that I’m finally recovering from the fibro flare.  I’ve been able to get up and out a bit.

This woman is amazing.  Even though she walks with a cane, she was trucking!

I couldn’t catch her with the camera until she stopped to talk to this dog.

Taken with my iPhone in Camera+.  I used Afterlight and Xnview to enhance this photo.

Aloha.

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I just can’t resist posting this picture.

We could hear the wife telling this man to NOT go into the ocean on this board with his camera.

He patiently explained to her that he was only going to be on his knees.  He pointed out (sarcastically) that this way he could maintain perfect balance and not fall.

This is a picture of him handing his wet, soaked camera back to his wife.

Aloha!

I was Nominated, Now You’re Nominated!

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I was nominated for the Reader Appreciation Award.  I am so excited and thrilled.  Now I get to nominate six of my readers for this award.

Jennifer Avventura started this award to show appreciation to her readers.

For details, please go here.

I was awarded by Jumping Jenny 444.  To check out her fabulous blog, click here.  Like me, she has fibromyalgia, but manages to go on with life with a great attitude and never feels sorry for herself.  A very brave and courageous woman.

Jenny states in her blog, and I totally agree,

“Yes, I have fibromyalgia, but fibromyalgia does NOT have me!”

Like most of life, the Reader Appreciation Award has a few simple rules.  Here they are.  I managed to handle them, so I’m sure you can.

1. Award your top 6 bloggers who have commented the most.
2. Be thankful.
3. You cannot award someone who has already been awarded. And you cannot give the award back to me.
4. Don’t forget to tell the bloggers you’ve awarded.
5. If you don’t want to pass on this award, that’s okay too. Just admire it.

Here are the readers who are also bloggers I’ve nominated.

Heather Roberts

Eva Macie

Finding My Inner Courage

Beatrice Desper

Daniel Milberg

Marisa Aceves

I also want to mention Leigh Prim, who doesn’t have a blog, but has been super supportive to me in this venture into blogging.

I’ve Been Gone

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I was so excited when I started this blog.  I had so much energy.

Now, for the last couple of months, I’ve had a fibro flare.  It started with just a bit of tiredness.  Then that got worse.

Now, I’m having horrid, unbearable pain.  Well, not totally unbearable, as I’m bearing it.  But it’s bad.  Since about 1998, the pain has been pretty much under control with medication.  I’ve had a few episodes of breakthrough pain that last a few days at a time.

This pain started two months ago and is not giving me a break.

The doctor who treats me for Lyme decided to tell me to try taking fewer pain meds.  I did this, thinking he knew what he was talking about.  He didn’t.  After going down just 15 mg., the pain came and it has stayed.  I really dislike this man right now.  I’m working very hard on not hating him and not getting angry at him.  I’m trying to be able to handle my feelings towards him with trying to learn.  The lesson from this?  Don’t listen to doctor’s who give advice about areas where they know nothing.

I was doing so well.  I was able to get out of bed and go out for up to four hours at a time.  I always had to rest the next day, but I was getting out.

Not now.  I’m at home, in bed, in severe pain.

At least I can paint on the computer.  It takes me away for a while.

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