Category: Maui

Dreaming About Maui

Dreaming About Maui

Dreaming About Maui

 

I just returned from a two-month trip to Maui.  It’s like I’m a new woman.  I have more energy than I’ve had in over 20 years.  I have Lyme disease.  It went undiagnosed for 18 years.  I think that the treatment for the Lyme is finally starting to work.

I usually feel like I’m carrying around a 50-pound rock and always feel exhausted.  I never do anything without first thinking about it to see if I have enough energy.  That feeling is gone.  I hope it continues to last.  The pain is also being controlled with medication.  I am so grateful.

This painting I did while in Maui.  There are so many incredibly beautiful flowers in Maui.  I just had to paint a few.

I started this painting in Rebelle with watercolors and inks and finished it in Painter with oil paints.

I Say Hello

I Say Hello

I Say Hello

This is a painting I recently finished.

I started this painting in an app called Rebelle.  I used inks and watercolors in Rebelle.

Then I took the painting into Painter to see what I could find.  These three birds showed up right away.  Initially, there were four birds.  But common wisdom says that one should use odd numbers in grouping images in a painting, or just about anything.  Odd numbers always look better than an even number of objects.

As the painting progressed, more and more flowers and various shapes just showed up.

I am very excited as we leave for two months in Maui this month.  This is a dream come true.  Right now and through November, is hurricane season.  Usually, I don’t worry about that.  But there have been several near hurricanes hitting Hawaii lately.  There are three off the islands now, and high winds up to 140 mph are expected.  The increase in hurricanes is due to global warming.  More and more, I am seeing the effects in my life of global warming.

Here in Seattle, we are having a drought.  Last night we got our first real rainfall since April.  Everyone knows we are famous for rain, yet we’ve had none.  There is a chance that the high pressure system laying off our coast will keep rains from El Niño from coming in this winter.  That would mean two years of drought.  This is very serious, but no one in government seems to care.

Aloha.

 

 

Flower Frenzy

Flower Frenzy

Flower Frenzy

I started this painting like I start all my paintings.  I make a few layers of marks with several colors.  Then I start looking to find what appears to me in the painting.

Lately, all I’ve seen are flowers.  Flowers everywhere.

I think this is because I’m getting closer to going to Maui for two months.  Maui is filled with gorgeous colors and beautiful flowers.

When I first became ill, my life as I knew it ended.  I laid in bed for over 15 years with no diagnosis.  I did nothing except go to doctors when able.

When I finally got a diagnosis of lyme disease, I got treatment and some of my life returned.  Not a lot, but more than I had.

I believe that my constant faith in God (although there were some challenging times about that) and my ability to pick myself up and be positive and practice staying positive got me back to living.

My life is still very limited, but I’m extremely grateful I live only a five-hour flight from Maui.  I can do sitting on an airplane.  I collapse once I get there.  But, I’ll have plenty of time to recover from the flight this year.

Aloha, everyone!

 

Maui Flowers

Maui Flowers

Maui Flowers

Lately, all my paintings have been influenced by my trips to Maui.  There is just so much color there.  The flowers are so bright and beautiful.  The water is a gorgeous blue and the dirt is a glorious red color.

The island is made from a volcano.  That makes the scenery unique and very different from what I see at home in Seattle.

My husband and I are getting ready to leave for two months in Maui in October and November of this year.  I am very excited about this trip.

For years we dreamed of being able to be retired and spend two to three months in Maui.  Now, our dreams are coming true.  I have to say that staying positive in thought and consciously claiming what I wanted in life have worked for me.  I stayed an active participant in my life as I went along.

Of course, becoming ill was not in my plans.  But, by staying positive and focused, I have been able to adapt to a chronic illness and still live my dreams.

This piece of art was done on the computer, using Painter 2015.  I started this painting by splattering drops of watercolors on the canvas.  I put down three layers of colors, red, blue and yellow.  Then, I sat and looked at the drops and suddenly saw the flowers.  I pulled them out with one of my watercolor brushes.  It was a fun exercise that I did in a class on Japanese Inks.  You can read more about that class here.

Have a great rest of the summer.

A Bird In Your Pocket

A Bird in Your Pocket

A Bird in Your Pocket

I have had a very challenging year, health-wise.  The fibromyalgia flared up around New Years Eve, and has kept me lying low many days.

Last fall, while we were in Maui, I started sitting up all day.  This was the first time in over 18 years that I didn’t spend 99% of my days in bed.  I also got dressed every day.  This may not sound like a lot, but when you’ve lived in a nightie in bed for so long, it is huge.

When we got home in November, I continued sitting up in my art studio.  I was doing so well that at Christmas, I got a new, 27″ screen for my computer!  It makes a huge difference to paint on that rather than my laptop computer.  But then, the first of the year, I found myself back in bed more than in my studio.  It has been a real battle to get enough rest and still sit up as much as possible.

But, I feel like I’ve won the battle.  In the last few weeks, I’ve been able to go to my studio at least three to four days a week.  I’m even taking small walks down to our mailbox.

Now a Bird In Your Pocket.

I’m so Excited

Pink Fish

Pink Fish

In 2012, through an odd series of “coincidences”,  I took a painting class from Flora Bowley.

A very good friend at that time, tricked me into signing up for Flora’s eclass.  I was very sick with fibro, lyme and CFS.  I had been in bed for over 20 years.

I was kind of doing art.  But I was just too sick to do much.  Making a phone call overwhelmed me.  Trying to be creative was impossible.

Then, I discovered the computer app I now use, Painter.  At that same exact time, Flora came into my life with her philosophy of life and art.  I had a positive outlook on life, but it had never occurred to me to apply that to my art.  Duh!

Flora has shared stories of her students  in her blog.  This week, she chose my story.

Click here to read the blog.  While you’re there, check out her fantastic art and be sure to check out her classes.  Be sure to click on “Shop” at the top.  She has fantastic products made from her art for sale.  Flora’s art or her classes make fabulous Christmas gifts.

Take Ten

Take 10

Take 10

I have been in Maui for five weeks.  It was heaven.

While there, I took an ecourse from Tracy Verdugo.  I’ll talk more about this wonderful class in a future post.  It is an amazing painting/mixed media ecourse.  It is absolutely overflowing with wonderful creative material for any kind of artist, including a digital painter like me.  Check out Tracy and future courses here.  Tracy has written a great book entitled Paint Mojo.  That’s what the course was all about, getting on our creative Mojo.  It did.

Tracy not only took us through an entire painting, but gave us an incredible amount of other material.  Each week she gave us several projects to do to rev up our creative juices.  The class was just six weeks, but it will take me many more weeks to finish going through all she offered.

This piece is one exercise from one of the weeks.  We drew a grid and then chose a shape or object to draw.  We were to draw in each box in a different way.  I did a slightly different take on it.

Painter, the app I use to paint with, comes with over 700 brushes in various media.  I have added several hundred more brushes and media.  I have all kinds of media at my hands, not just paint.  Painter will mimic acrylic, oils, pens, pencils, crayon, conté, charcoal, gouache, watercolor, pastels (my favorite at this time), markers, and the list goes on.  It shows strokes in 3D.

I can use any kind of paper texture that I can scan in on my computer.  The brushes will show/interact with the textures of the papers.

There is way more that it can do.  I’ll save that for another post.

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