Tumultuous

Isn’t that a fabulous word and that pretty much describes May 2017.

It was a crazy month.  Filled with family, friends, hospital visits (wasn’t the patient), a touch of sinus (that was me) and a bit of art.

But it has come and gone now and things seem to be settling and I have even had the motivation to go for a walk this frosty morning.

It’s Monday.  Kids are still in bed, Hubby has left for the day and I probably should be cleaning the bathroom.  Yeah, no, not that motivated at this moment.

Of course, after the storm, when the chaos calms, I find myself reflective.

And seriously,

I’m too old for this shit.

A good friend, a bestie really, went down with a serious asthma attack, big time.  It was pretty scary to be honest, as I was the one who took her to the emergency room the first time.

I say first, as what followed was several trips to the hospital, with one even culminating in a 7 day stay as they struggled to control her breathing and get her well.

Blood tests, a test involving a wire into her heart (don’t ask me for the technical stuff), this drug, that drug, omg, it felt never ending, and I was only the one watching on.  Heart breaking at times and very stressful for everyone.

Hence my sinus thing but this really wasn’t about me.

I wasn’t the only girlfriend standing there helplessly watching the struggle.  I have a lovely circle of girlfriends at the moment, 5 of us in total who socialise and look out for each other.  We are all strong, loving women of similar age but all of us are different.

One is a super organiser, another a fighter and I am a bit of a doer.  And we all seem to click, especially over a glass of wine or three.

Sadly, as what can happen in times of stress, there were some misunderstandings, some noses perhaps put out of joint. Despite the immediacy of instant messaging, or maybe because of it, perhaps,  and group chats, things can get mistaken and overblown.  But that said, the proof of a good friendship, is the ability to have a cuppa tea and put it away, in the past and simply celebrate that things are now improved and hopefully, fingers crossed, there will be no more hospital visits for a very long time.

As I said, I’m too old for this shit.

I have still been painting, although at times I have struggled for inspiration.

Did I end up sharing here the “top secret project”?  Its been so long since I have wandered in here….

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This is Cassie and her horse Makushla.  And it was commissioned as a gift to her from her parents for her 18th Birthday.  So happy that she loved it and there were even tears.  Happy ones, she told me.

Since then I have finished the portrait of Hubby20170408_115213_33707718610_o.jpg

 

Painted this gorgeous country road..fb_img_1495245175467_34901480625_o.jpg

 

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And just this weekend painted my first humming bird.

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The above three are for sale too, if they take your fancy.

It looks like I have been painting furiously, but that is really as it has been so long since I sat down and blogged.  Don’t forget, you can also see all my art on my Instagram and Facebook page – links on the side bar.

So my friends, if there has been anything to be learned from the last month I have been living, apart from don’t muck around with asthma, is that people despite meaning well, can muck up, but the strength of a true friendship is recognising it, acknowledging it and letting it go.

Life is short and unpredictable.  Don’t waste energy on petty stuff, instead, celebrate the wonderful, the colour, and the happiness of good friends and loving caring family.

Don’t be afraid to say I love you  and hug those you love tightly.

And smile, often

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Staycation

After 2 weeks at home, I am now enjoying the last few hours of freedom before I head back to work tomorrow.

Yes, I return to work on a Friday, which is more than a little ridiculous, but is one of the silly quirks of my job.

It has been a lovely couple of weeks.

There has been long lazy indulgent lunches with good friends.  Outings with family.  A morning at a spa being pampered and just a little bit of housework.

And even some painting, of course.

I had a list of things I wanted to achieve.  A lot of it was finishing the unfinished.

Hubby had some time off as well.  Just one week, but it was enough for him to finish the painting of the front of the house.  Tick that job off.

I finally finished a photo book that I had been working on for months.  Our USA trip would you believe?  It only took me 15 months to get it done.  Tick.

Kitchen cupboards scrubbed – tick

Bathroom cabinet cleaned out – tick

A painting that had some bad mojo – dealt with and now no longer a problem, so tick that off too.

Sit on the couch and read a book – tick

Sort and organise the photo files on my computer – done.

My secret painting project is finished, and approved by the purchasers. It just needs to be signed and another painting is also finished.  I am very proud of both of them.

The Rose 12″ square oil on canvas.

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So in all it’s been an excellent break.  The windows didn’t get washed but I did have a 4 hour lunch with my bestie. (we may have required the hubby to come and collect us from the winery)

Actually, considering how many lunches that were had, I am hoping that my work pants actually still fit…

It just proves that while travelling to new places is wonderful,  sometimes simply staying at home,  catching up with friends and getting those overdue jobs done, is also a good recipe for a relaxing and sanity saving vacation.

At least for me anyway.

Now to plan the next adventure..

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March 2017

 

It’s been a while and I am not really sure why.

I know I have been busy.  There has been work, of course, it’s been a lovely summer too.

Plenty of time with friends, interacting face to face, laughing, smiling, talking and some tears.

There has been 1st world dramas, a broken air conditioning unit that had me a little stressed for a while.

And there has been paint.

Here is a sample of what has come off my easel so far this year.

There is one top secret project.  A commission that I will have to wait until May to show off but I’m sure you will enjoy seeing all the other stuff I have been playing with.

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A lesson in painting fabric and folds…

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Helping a dear friend create a banner for her market stall.  She sells delicious traditional english style cakes and pastries.  I have also spent a lot of time, helping on the stall.  So much fun had spruiking and people watching.

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Created in a time of pain, therapy in running dripping splashing paint

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Big, bold, textural, still a work in progress.  Created with thick acrylic paint, knives and big brushes.

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Just a doodle, something I dont do often enough probably.

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Also a work in progress…maybe.  I have had a couple of people tell me they love this just as it is.  It’s in oil, thin paint.  Really just the underpainting.  I’m now in two minds whether the continue or leave as is.  I expect I will continue, although I do have other unfinished pieces I can work on until I make up my mind.

This blog has evolved, and changed so much since I started it 7 or so years ago.  As I have.

I have a much clearer idea now, of who I am and what makes me happy.  I am able to express my fears, pain and joy much more easily out loud and fear less that that will make me less likeable.

I wear my weirdness proudly, and continue to push myself out of comfort zones.

This little place in the universe that I created, when I was lost and lonely, has taught me so much.  It has introduced me to so many awesome people all over the world and helped me get to where I am now.  For that I will always be thankful.

Life is good, and I am living it.

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