I’ve got the Good, the Bad and the Ugly all over the place this week – take your pick:
The Good~ my back is getting better. It is finally happening. I am a happy camper about this news, and I don’t mind saying that it’s about darned time.
The Good and the Bad – Craig had a lot of tests last week, both at the ER and after. Today, he received the results of his lab work and everything has come back normal. The pain still persists, but there is nothing to explain it.
The Ugly – next up on the list of ‘by process of elimination’ tests to be performed? Colonoscopy, or what we like to call: Night of a Thousand Waterfalls.
The Good ~ It’s been 10 months since I began painting full time and I am now beginning to sell my paintings on a fairly regular basis. The owner of the shop/gallery that houses my art sends me a text every time an original piece sells. This month has been my best thus far with eleven pieces sold. It’s funny, because when I sell at the gallery, my online shop (Etsy) is terribly slow. When nothing sells at the gallery, things pick up on Etsy.
It’s been a while since I’ve posted a recent painting here, so I thought I’d share my latest with you:
I generally tend to paint according to how I feel. Before Craig went into the ER I had a plan for this painting: a sky streaked with dawn’s beautiful colors. Three dimensional butterflies would be glued to the canvas and arranged as if they were flying into the breeze.
I tend to be an emotional painter. When I’m in a good mood, I paint with bright colors and when I’m upset I gravitate to darker colors. I don’t realize this as I’m painting, however. As I began to worry more about Craig I continued to work on the painting when I needed to relieve my mind from the chaos inside. Without really realizing it I’d painted the sky nearly pitch black and my original idea of the butterflies no longer worked or made sense.
I tried everything I could think of to add another subject to this painting but nothing would come. Finally, I decided to sleep on it. By 4 AM I awoke to my answer of why Old Man Tree was smiling: he was happy to see daylight because that meant the child in the house would soon be coming out to play.
I think I agonized over this painting more than any other I’ve ever done. At the same time, it’s received the most positive attention from any other painting I’ve done. There’s a lesson in there, somewhere….
…one more ‘Good’ thing before I go – at least it will be to those of you who, like me, love David Sedaris: a new book of essays comes out this week. The title: Let’s Explore Diabetes With Owls makes zero sense to me, which is why I must get this book immediately!
Craig and I thank you all for your kind thoughts regarding his mysterious condition. We’ll figure this out – and when we do, we look forward to both of us being healthy… at the same time! Wouldn’t that be something?!