|Some of the paintings for an upcoming event in keeping with the furry theme. The painting on the left is a grisaille I did for some black and white prints. The center painting is an underpainting I started this afternoon. I preferred the sheep in the photo on the iPad and the landscape from the photo I took before this on the same day. The photo is from our drive around the Connemara loop on Valentine's Day. It was a great place for a photo opportunity and a sheep encounter. As I walked closer, one of the sheep looked up and posed nicely for me. Thank you sheep. The angora rabbit was visiting Anoka Fiber Works and was a perfect model atop a pillow.|
Doing what I love
I am a fortunate person. I love working with fiber with all the beautiful fibers, yarn, spinning and knitting tools...but I did not start out doing those things. I began as a studio artist, which I thoroughly enjoy. Recently an opportunity arose for me to draw and paint again. I confess that it was not easy to pick up and begin, but soon I felt comfortable and now it is flowing easily...I have missed this for some time. It is easy to allow other things to monopolize time and as much as I love knitting, it was beginning to feel more like a chore than a passion. It is still important to me, however, it is time for a change and a return to the studio.
Fortune smiled on me when I had my recent post-surgery check up with Dr. Parke. Dealing with my dwindling vision from the eye surgery last May (Memorial Day weekend) has been a challenge. A cataract formed quickly since the surgery and the doctor referred me to Dr. Conrad, a cataract surgeon. The timing was perfect, as Dr. Conrad had a cancellation and I was able to go directly from one appointment to another. Timing is indeed everything and surgery was scheduled. That brings me to some happy news. Last week I had cataract surgery on my left eye and now my vision is restored and even better than before. None of my glasses--new or old are usable and I ordered a pair of non-prescription glasses to wear when I do not need "cheaters." I do not mind wearing glasses and like the protection of glasses. In four weeks I will have an eye exam for a new prescription. I have a variety of frame from which to choose!