An artist's journal.
Here you'll find my paintings and musings, where the featured subjects could likely cover just about anything.
The last three years I've been caring for my best buddy B during his courageous fight to live through cancer and it's complications. I'm tickled to report, he's getting better and I'm painting again.

Looking forward to a daily celebration of life's gifts by using the brightest, happiest colors in the box!


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Sunday, January 1, 2012

We make plans... and the universe laughs.

'Winter Trees'
15" x 30" x 3/4"
Acrylic on canvas  
Livingstone collection- Tucson, AZ


Happy New Year everyone!
2011 was a doozy, with many twists and turns we least expected.

My Brian got sick early in the year. So, I put away my paintbrushes and spent much of the year helping him through some really difficult stuff.

B's Journey is chronicled here.

December started out with Brian seriously ill in the hospital, but these last few weeks he's been improving rapidly.

He no longer needs constant care.


That being said, there's even a chance I may be painting again within a few days.
First I have to clean my very dusty (and somewhat cluttered) studio.
Then squeeze some paint on palette and dive in.
I'm sort of nervous and excited about that. I literally haven't painted a single stroke in over 4 months.

What if I've forgotten how?
I'm sure rediscovering painting will be quite an adventure and I'm curious to see what changes this 4 month hiatus may have created in my approach to painting in general.  I've got a ton of ideas I've been chomping at the bit to paint. New subjects, different cropping, and maybe, just maybe I will try oils for the the very first time. Oooh, scary!
I'm hoping to recap my 'Year in the Life' accomplishments within the next few weeks. I did get a lot done before Brian became ill.
I'm also taking the optimistic approach in making my New Year's list of Art Goals for 2012. I believe Brian will continue to improve and I will find more and more time for painting and marketing. I've got a ton of new ideas to help get my art out there and look forward to getting those ideas up and running.
Wish me luck.... and...
Happy Painting!!

2 comments:

cinderkeys said...

One of my big singing jumps happened after I'd spent weeks not singing due to a persistent bronchitis-like cough. As I tried getting back into the swing of what I'd learned long ago, it occurred to me that this was an interesting opportunity to start fresh, integrate new things my vocal coach had been trying to teach me without having to work so hard at unlearning other things.

This could be a great opportunity for you to experiment.

Glad Brian has been feeling better!

Jenna said...

Susan, I'm so excited at the new things I might discover once I'm painting again.... I can't wait!

I sure hope Brian continues to improve and doesn't have any setbacks. He's really been through a tough year.
It's been so good seeing him have such a great day today.
I hope this will be the trend for the rest of 2012.

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"There are days when I feel I could've painted the Sistine Chapel and, then, there are the days when I'm not sure I could trace a stick figure.... the only difference between these days is my state of mind"~ Jenna Millward Corkill