Friday, March 01, 2013


I can't remember the last time I picked up a paint brush. Most likely it was back in 2011. Anyway, it's been far too long and I feared that I wouldn't remember how to even hold a paintbrush. Quite a few bottles of pain had dried up giving me the perfect excuse to stop by Michaels Craft store on the way home from an appointment to see the surgeon. He was blown away by how well I've healed from radiation. Nice to blow a doctor away. The next day after stepping on the scale in the oncologist office and learning that another 5lbs had vanished I was told that not only were my labs great but that the cancer markers that had been extremely abnormal in May were normal. RELIEF and time to celebrate!

This is a tiny painting, 6x6 inches, that had been slathered with gesso and textured last year when I had visions of painting. There is a lot of be said for having prepped substrates ready; one never knows when the time to paint will strike. I thought I'd start with primary colors and see where that led me.

It's time to prep more canvasses and get on with life.

"Happiness is an attitude. We either make ourselves miserable, or happy and strong.
The amount of the work is the same."
Francesca Reigler


Julie said...

Fabulous news! Well done you! I'm so pleased that things are going well. Painting is great fun so I'm sure you will be enjoying yourself.

Penny said...

Wonderful news, and I do loke this painting and am waiting for many more.

hw (hallie) farber said...

Hooray for paint! I've been following, Gail, and I love all your quotes. I have no health problems but I do need to perk up and pick "happy."

You're quite amazing and I'm going to see if "pixir" is available as an iPad app.

Nellie's Needles said...

Gail, your medical news is wonderful to hear. Don't know why it surprised me how seriously our creative flow can be interrupted by health issues. Guess all of our energy gets directed at healing and coping with daily life. I'm glad you're on the road back with this delightful small painting that speaks loudly of where you've been.

Maria Avila said...

I wish you much painting, much inspiration,serenity, energy you always have. Paint your pain and let it go away. I love the CELEBRATION. yOU ARE VERY SPECIAL. mUch love, Maria

Caterina Giglio said...

congrats!! wonderful news and i think you should keep painting... xx

. said...

Brilliant news and I can see the celebration in your brush strokes and colours, and looks like you had zero issues with getting holding the brush : ) Great piece and congratulations!!!!