Since my stroke there have been lots of adjustments and changes. Some adjustments have been very very difficult while some have been welcomed. For such a long time before the stroke I needed and wanted certain changes, unsure as to how to go about making this happen. After the stroke I had absolutely no choice but to make a change in my personal life. I have always heard of a "silver lining" and have witnessed that in my life many times, the stroke being the most recent silver lining.
The stroke forced me to completely surrender control for a while, with that came a serenity and freedom allowing me to just trust the process. Very suddenly things started happening beyond my control. I will be the first to admit, when I moved out of the drivers seat and let God handle things, things worked out better than I ever could have imagined.
Now very shortly I will be on my way to Phase II of my progress. I am thankful for the opportunity to start a new career and very thankful for my family.
The journal above was an old journal from last year. I took the entire journal and gessoed it....completely. In it now contains hopes, dreams and plans for the future symbolizing a new focus and a beautiful serenity.
This piece was made for my daughters birthday. Ashley is in nursing school and she loves fashion, so I put the two together and made this mixed media piece for her. This piece is made as I have made past pieces in that I started with watercolor paper covered with dictionary pages from a 1948 dictionary. The purse was drawn with pencil and outlined with a stabilo pencil, Acrylic was used for the color. Hope she likes it.
My last post was 6/15/14. The day after that, I had a stroke. On 6/16/14 I went to bed and woke up almost a week later. I had difficulty walking, talking and writing. It has been a long month, alot of changes have happened in the past month. Today I painted my first painting since the stroke. It felt awesome to create again, I have thought about it for a month. Strange thing is while I was having the stroke and after, mentally, I was painting. I dont know if that makes sense to anyone but it does me. Your mind protects you, and my mind protected me by painting. The painting above was fairly easy, considering the fact that I have been painting her for a month.
Have been reworking some pieces lately including this one of my grandson, Jackson. Reworked with acrylics and oils probably 5 or more times. There are still some adjustments I will make but for the most part I am at a stopping point. It will be a very long time before I attempt a beach scene again.
A rocking chair sat beside my fathers recliner. That rocking chair was mine when I was a little girl. Hour upon hour were spent in this chair rocking beside my father as he sat in his recliner. Just my dad and I, enjoying our rocking chairs. Just my dad and I, bonding. For years I sat beside my father. We read together, watched football together, watched Hee-Haw, Dolly Parton, Cher and Billy Graham together.
This was a good time to ask Daddy any questions about life in general that I had on my mind.
As I got older, I would sit in Daddys chair and rock. When he got home from work, I would politely and gladly move over to my little chair.
When I was sick I would sit in his chair and rock and miraculously I was better. This little chair may look like just a chair to some, but to me it was my undivided connection with Daddy growing up and will always have a special place in my heart because of what it represents.
This piece was painted for my Dad which died three years ago. The little chair which holds such special memories for me and a red balloon for his birthday.
Happy Birthday Daddy.
22x30" acrylic/oils/mixed media on watercolor paper
A couple of days ago I posted "A Mothers Love". After looking at it awhile I decided I wasnt too happy with it, actually I wasnt happy with most of it. About the only thing I was happy with was the little girls face. So, today I have been working very hard to revise it. This is what I have come up with......the only thing that stayed intact was the little girls face, everything else was reworked. Now, the little girl is in her tutu that mom makes her wear, but she has not given up her red and white stripe tights or her converse shoes. Mom is not exactly pleased at this very moment. Hopefully tomorrow I will finish this, but I am intentionally leaving everything kinda rough and muted as to highlight the little girl.
Decided to change my color palette a bit this week using more muted tones. I took this pic of my grandchild a few years back at the beach. Loved his little shorts almost falling off and have wanted to paint it for a while. My daughters birthday seemed like the perfect occassion.
I have a milestone birthday coming up on Thursday....the kinda birthday that makes you stop and reflect. Am I where I want to be in life? What have I accomplished in life? What would I change if I could? What are my goals for the future?
12"x18" watercolor, graphite and ink on hotpressed watercolor paper
This piece is entitled "The Journey". Sometimes the journey is a smooth ride. Sometimes the journey is a bumpy road. Sometimes the journey takes an unexpected turn. Sometimes the journey slows to a stop....I consider this time a moment to regroup and reflect as has been my process lately.
After not having enough time to paint for three months due to a hectic work schedule, I was finally able to pick up my brushes again. I have missed and longed to create in my art journal with acrylics, oils and inks. As with many others, art is an outlet. Art is my therapy. Art allows me to express feelings and thoughts....good or bad. I truly love to paint, put it through photoshop then run it through pixlr for different effects as is the case with the above piece.
I created the above piece with acrylics, oils, inks and spray paint. This piece took many different turns with many, many layers. She ended up with wonky eyes which I am coming to embrace. The tear was not intended, it came about when I used ink on the eyes then turned it up to get a look at the progress. The tear just emerged.
Today I am truly thankful to have the time to create again.