The Outsider

The Outsider

The Outsider

I started this painting in Rebelle, a watercolor app.  Then I brought it into Painter and finished it with acrylic-like paints.

I am calling this the Outsider.  The little bird on the left wants to join the two birds on the right.  But, they are busy gossiping.  He feels very left out.  The two birds will let him join them as soon as they finish their gossip.

I think there’s a lesson here.  Don’t gossip.  People know they shouldn’t.  These two birds that are gossiping are embarrassed to have the little bird join them because they know gossiping is wrong.  Really, it’s none of your business.

Circular Diversions

This painting is a different one for me. It’s a different style than what I usually do. 

I started it off in Rebelle with watercolors and inks as usual. But I didn’t do a lot of drips like I usually do. 

So, when I brought this into Painter, there were some different things to play with to make a painting. 

I used Dynamic Speckle brushes. These brushes are driving me nuts. They seem to cause Painter to lag. When I switch from one brush to the other, there is a very long pause before the new brush will start to paint. 

I have talked to Corel, the manufacturer of Painter about this. I got their typical response. First, they try to blame me or my computer. When they can find no fault there, they disappear and stop all communication. That company sucks. I would never buy from them. Except there is no choice. 

However, they sell other software. I advise you to look elsewhere. I do. 

Corel is a company that doesn’t give a damn about their customers. 

Driving Home Ain’t What It Used To Be

Driving Home Ain't What It Used To Be

Driving Home Ain’t What It Used To Be

This is another painting using impasto brushes.

As usual, I started this painting in Rebelle, using watercolors and inks to make lots of drips and other interesting shapes and lines.

Then, I took it into Painter and added the impasto brushes.

I’m thinking of changing my blog.  I started this blog because I was very ill with what was diagnosed at Fibromyalgia and Lyme disease.  Well, it turns out I just had Lyme disease.  I’m feeling better after four long years of treatment for the Lyme.

I am out and about walking and doing other things I haven’t been able to do in almost 20 years.  I want my blog to be a celebration of the new me.  I’m going to keep the name of my blog, but change the description.

It turns out that I also have atypical migraines.  I have had a bad bout with that.  But, hooray, there’s a medication for that.  I’m on it, and that is resolving.  I’ve had that since 1983.  So, things are really looking up in my life.  I hope your life is going well.


Twisting Angles

Twisting Angles

Twisting Angles

This painting is one I started before I went to Maui, last October.  It has sat, waiting patiently for me to finish it.

I find that it is often hard to go back to a painting that has waited for me for a long time.  My painting style, to me, feels like it changes a lot every month.  To go back, sometimes, feels odd.  It’s like, I’ve been here, I’ve done that.  I want to move on.

But, I also don’t like to leave a painting unfinished.  So, finish it, I did.



My Buddy in the Woods 

I have had an amazing thing happen. For over ten years it was thought by me and my physicians that I have fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome. Oh yeah, and a case of Lyme disease.

I have had a very serious case of Lyme that went undiagnosed for 15 years while I laid flat on my back in bed.

Lyme is not just a single infection, but several that require multiple antibiotics.

Four years ago, I started treatment for Lyme.

Finally, last September, my Lyme doctor prescribed a new antibiotic he had not previously mused.

I started feeling way better in November and December. Right now, I’m feeling better than I have in almost 20 years.

I still have pain attacks every so often. No one will probably ever know what those are from. But other than that, I appear to be doing very well.

My body is terribly deconditioned. It’s hard to tell exactly what my status is physically. But neurologically, things have really improved. I’m able to read a book now. Another first in almost 20 years.

This is where the squirrel comes in. My husband and I went to a park last week for the first time in nearly 20 years.

As we walked along a deserted path, I looked up and here was this squirrel just posing for me. Wow!  It was amazing!

We walked into a swampy area onto a bridge. I was looking through my iPhone camera. All of a sudden, from under the bridge quietly swam eight ducks to feed.

I got some wonderful shots of them feeding. It was like a surreal dream, to be back amongst Mother Nature and her children.

I’m incredibly grateful to have my health back. I’m almost afraid to say this. As I don’t know if it’s true. It kind of feels that way except for the pain.

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