Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Arm Update and A Landscape . . .




I don't know about you but things out in the universe feel unsettled to me.  I have always been very intuitive and more so lately.  The energy feels weird.  And when I feel this way it makes me anxious.  It seems like alot of people around me are going through tough stuff and I know that kind of stuff happens all the time but lately it seems as though its all at once.  I am having lots of trouble keeping myself in the moment.  

My arm saga continues.  I went to the doctor yesterday to have her check my incision site.  For the past few days it has been getting red and I felt a lump forming.  I have never been a good healer from scars but this redness worried me.  Its not looking as good as it had last week.  So she said it was ok, just a bit inflamed.  The lump apparently is scar tissue.  I was shocked to hear that it would be forming so fast.  The stitches just came out 2 weeks ago.  I am now 4 weeks post surgery.  Anyway she said if there is any pain that develops to come in otherwise I will go back in 3 weeks for her to see how it is progressing.  So needless to say my anxiety is increasing with regards to that situation.  

In the meanwhile I have been watching a new DVD by artist David Dunlop.  He is an amazing landscape painter and I love the technique he uses.  Very different than how I have painted landscape before. He does mostly oil painting but he had a lesson dvd on acrylics.   I am following along with the lesson painting the same scene as he in the same color palette.  I feel like it is the best way for me to learn.  This piece started out with a textured background using alizarin crimson and ultramarine blue.  A new color for me is cerulean blue which I have used for the sky.  I really am liking the color and see me using in in other abstract pieces.  

I was reminded how much more difficult it is for me to paint something this structured after doing so much abstract mixed media.  I am not sure how far I will go with this as I got pretty frustrated.  lol  The perfectionist in me goes to town and it isn't good!  If I continue with this piece I will be sure to post its progress. 

Hope you have been up to lots of good things!
xo

4 comments:

  1. I am loving all of the different things you are doing these days - your dvd sounds intriguing :)
    (The latest "scribbles" are really cool too!)

    So, did you take the short hair leap yet? I have a pixie cut and have to say that there is nothing better than being able to wash and go!

    Sending healing thoughts your way (so glad everything is okay)!

    xo
    Kristin

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  2. Cathy, this is beautiful!! I hope you keep going with it, and I hope your healing improves in time--nothing more fustrating...

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  3. Sending you healing and love.
    Have you tried swimming for your arm? Getting the movement in it may be helpful.
    xo

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  4. Do you like the style of teaching in those DVDs? I'll have to check them out. I love your scribble paintings. I have a hard time being super "free" with my art.

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