Thursday, March 5, 2015

Artistic Evolutions

I was thinking today of just how my art has evolved ... especially in the last year ... and why.

Last October 21st, I saw two orthopedic specialists, one for my back and one for my knees.  They took lots of x-rays and the results were that, because of one health issue domino-ing effect onto another plus additional issues of which I was unaware til then, they could do nothing for me.  I should expect to continue to decline until I can no longer hobble around my few feet and would be in the wheelchair continually.  I had expected this to be the case, but had wee hopes for better news.

Then last month, February 17th, I saw a neurologist in hopes that he could do his magic and get me hobbling a little further and also be able to sit at my art desk again.  His office is FULL of his own incredible paintings and I immediately felt a kinship to him at that level at least. :-)   He thoroughly reviewed all the reports plus me from top to bottom, and quietly said (again!) that because of one issue pinging the other, there was nothing he could do either ... except I CAN try a neurotin medication in hopes of controlling the neuropathy in my legs!!  That's something at least!!  So, I'm several weeks into that, taking 2 100 mg tablets 3 times a day and getting a slight bit of relief so far.  I see him again later this month.  I'm not sure if he expected better results, but if so, I trust he'll know what to do next.

So, there we have it.  And ... as a result, my bedchair and my arting have come to terms with the icky stuff and rounding me up to the fun stuff!  I've got my oil pastels, oil pastel pencils, neocolor II's, Inktense in their own separate carousels or holders; plus I've got watercolour marker brushes and assorted surfaces upon which and within to play. As a result, the art tote has evolved along with me!

 As I mentioned last month, I'm participating in Joanne Sharp's "Artful Life 2015" course with the Strathmore 500 Series Journal and having a delightful time!

I'm slowing working my way into a pen and ink artist!   I even bought a few more journals just to continue my journey aside from the class!  So flippin fun!  

I've been using my Neocolor II's and Inktense for my class journal but just got some Sakura Koi Coloring Brush Pens and am excited to see them at play in my personal journal!

As well, I discovered Ampersand's Pastelbords.  These boards are absolutely delightful to pastel upon and, I'm sure, at my first introduction play with them, my squeals of excitement were heard all the way to Texas, where they are made!  LOL

Sunrise at the Falls
Oil Pastel
5x7 Ampersand Pastelbord

Pastel Pencil
5x7 Ampersand Pastelbord

Glorious Grapefruits
Oil Pastel
5x7 Ampersand Pastelbord
All paintings were painted from photo reference at Paint My Photo ning group where you will find hundreds of thousands of photos taken by some of the world's best photographers - free for your artistic use!

So there you have it!   March is well underway and I'm tucked into my bedchair, with an overflowing tote, art mediums and supplies ... and I am happy to find you reading this and sharing my thanks to our Lord for helping me find my happy place with my fine art creativity and my art journaling play too!

God bless and keep you happy and arting too!