SPINNING OUT OF CONTROL AND BACK IN
Am I a person who needs a deadline to paint? I seem to work better under a deadline, or anyway I work MORE under pressure. Right now, I am in somewhat of a panic, as I will be having a show in the Glass Rubin Hallway at Dartmouth Hitchcock in March. I only have about half of the work, and that will include removing three from the condo, including a very large abstracted forsythia and a large seascape. I think the title is going to be "From Here to There, in Yellow and Blue." It will focus on a series of forsythia paintings (the "yellow" and the "here") most of them new as the old ones have sold, and seascapes (the "there" and the "now".
Below are the new ones which I think are complete and are ready for framing.Photos are taken with my iPhone, so are not the best!
|Bouquet as a Springtime Wind oil on canvas|
|Bright Reveille 20 x 20 oil on canvas|
|Softened with Buttery Air 20 x 20 oil on canvas|
|Riverbank Golden Glow 12 x 12 oil on canvas|
On to the seascapes, the first of which has been started. I will probably include a few winter pieces I have that that will edge into the spring forsythia, and then the summer sea. Should amount to about 14-20 pieces which should be enough.
These are two things I love to paint. Both make me so happy. Up here in the Northlands, forsythia is the beacon leading us ever so painfully slowly into spring, and the only spring color a lot of us have in April, amidst the patches of snow, and the mud. The critters eat the crocus, and daffodils come later. These cheerful, intense yellows that spring up are as welcome as the sun, and in fact seem to absorb the sun into their tiny blossoms and billowy boughs. Forsythia as a subject on canvas lends itself to a loose, painterly style which I like, and allows me to layer, and work with both color and texture. The first and third ones above are fairly traditional, but beyond that they are edging into abstract impressionism.
Why have I not been in my studio very often? I have not got a good answer, except that I had not been feeling well for well over a year. Part of it was random, and sometimes debilitating pain, and part of it was extreme exhaustion. I finally got myself to the doctors --- my internist, then rheumatologist and orthopedist. After many blood tests, many xrays, and many discussions, I finally had some answers.
1. Escalating osteo arthritis in my hands, big toes,
and knees, which I could have told them! My fingers begin to look like my mother's. But happily, none in my hips.
2. Chronic, rather severe, Bursitis in my knees and hips, something I did not know. AND they told me the reason I cannot walk more than a few blocks is because of THAT, not because of my long-term stenosis.
3. Most interesting, they believe I have fibromyalgia, causing the random pain from pressure points on my body which comes and goes, and the exhaustion. And what is that??
~High sensitivity to temperature, bright lights, loud sounds and odors, all of which can bother you much more than they do everyone else;
~Stiffness upon waking or after staying in one position for too long;
So much so, that painting is a joy again, and not an exhausting chore!