|'Memory of a sunset' - 4x4 inch canvas in 7.5 x 7.5 inch box frame|
There's an expression that life can turn on a dime. To put it into UK currency that would probably be a five pence piece (doesn't have quite the same ring to it!). Anyway, the point is, one minute you're painting away and have more completed artwork than blog posts so are in the lucky position of having a stockpile of art to write about and the next you've been bitten by a dog and your stupid wrist has stupid crush injuries which means even after nearly three weeks you can't even hold a stupid paintbrush far less paint a stupid picture.
That's where I'm at right now. This is the last completed painting I have in my arsenal. I finished it weeks ago and it's listed in my Artfinder shop but because I had been on a painting roll, I hadn't gotten round to showing it on my blog. So, here it is. The last one and at this point, I'm not honestly sure when I'll be able to paint again. Which is a bummer, to put it mildly. I keep thinking it's getting better but then yelp in pain when I put any weight on it or try to grip anything so I guess it'll take a while longer yet.
I've been trying to stay positive, being a firm believer that what you put out you get back but, honestly, it's easier said than done right now. I know that in the scheme of things it's just a sore wrist and much worse things happen to folk all the time. That still doesn't help when it means I can't drive the gorgeous new car that's been sitting in our driveway for a week now, or cut up my own dinner or even write my name. I know it'll just take time - it can take weeks for soft tissue damage to heal completely but when I'm travelling back to Ireland next week on my own it would be handy (no pun intended) if I could carry my own luggage.
This is me at the start of the week doing my best 'were you injured in an accident at work and it wasn't your fault' impression!!
So, to use up spare paint at the end of a painting day, I randomly apply it to a blank canvas and that is how this paintings started life, as most of my landscape paintings do these days. Straightaway I could see a beachy sunset and so that's what it became in a quite abstract way. This is how it started:
Anyway, in order to balance this rather downbeat post, here's some positive news:
My charity pet portrait fundraiser has raised £367 plus £62 in gift aid so far in just a week! I'm so delighted as I never imagined we'd raise so much. Hopefully, there will be a write up in our local paper which might bring in a bit more as well. Thank you so much to everyone who has made a donation so far.
|Photo taken when I could still hold things in that hand!|
I started using Instagram a lot more recently and not having any new paintings I've been posting old ones. Last week, I was asked by Art without a Roof to submit one of my northern lights paintings to their website and got news yesterday that it was accepted. How it works is that folk click on the paintings they like and if they get enough likes they are printed onto products for sale such as tee shirts. 15% of the sale price goes to the artist and 10% goes to charity. If you get a chance maybe you could click on my painting and maybe you could submit some of your own art as well - it seems like a really great artist led movement to promote art and raise funds at the same time.
Well, that's all folks. I'll be taking a wee blogging break now until I have something to blog about but I'll still be around on Instagram and Twitter so maybe I'll see you there. Thanks as always to those of you who take the time to visit, it's always appreciated.