So I have been absent for the past three weeks because I haven’t had the energy to blog. I also didn’t have the energy to do much in the way of art after the surgery, but this past week I have been feeling better. My surgery occurred on February 18th and I left the hospital February 24th but late in the day. I have been home and recovering for 5 1/2 weeks. My energy levels at the start of the recovery had been pretty low. They are increasing daily but it is a slow process.
While I wait for my energy to get back up to par, I have been keeping busy trying to catch up on all my art related projects. As I told you in the last blog, I had moved some of my supplies to the kitchen so I didn’t have to climb the stairs 3 or 4 times a day. Well I am happy to report that all of my supplies are now back in my studio where I can art again and have access to EVERYTHING I NEED to create.
It was frustrating at times to realize that, as I was creating something, I didn’t have certain products with me upstairs in the kitchen (my studio is in the basement). But now being able to climb the stairs unhindered has allowed me to return to my studio to create.
Also, last Sunday I took my first art journal class with my teacher and friend Gisele Cabral at Scrapbook Centrale. It was so great to get out and get back to some normalcy, it was also nice to see all my friends at art journaling. We take so much of what we do every day for granted, it is only when life keeps you from it that you truly appreciate some of the little things like walking without pain, being able to sit for more than 15 minutes without pain, being able to go out and create with your friends without pain or worry, and last but not least being able to sleep a whole night without putting a pillow between your knees so you don’t feel pain.
Enough about the surgery and the recovery, this is not really what this blog is about. So as I was saying, I have been trying to play catch up with all my art projects. I had to set aside my 48 Weeks Workshop because I couldn’t get to my studio so I am really behind there, as for DLP2015 I think I am 2 weeks behind and I know for sure that I am 2 weeks behind for Inspiration Wednesdays 2015. But if I hadn’t gotten some art done I would effectively be so far behind that I would likely have given up trying to catch up. As it stands the last two weeks have been very productive.
Along with some of the directed art projects I have been on a roll making some personalized tote bags:
Made this one for my friend Natalie who is the owner of my fave store – Scrapbook Centrale in Dollard-des-Ormeaux.
This one was made for my mother-in-law for her birthday it was also because she tried to act as my nurse for the first week I was back home.
Some of my other art that I got done these past two weeks are mostly for DLP2015 and from the art journal class last Sunday.
From DLP here are some of the pages:
actually 6 weeks worth
forget what the prompt was
overcoming the elements
coming into focus .
You can go to the Art to the 5th Academy page to register for the Real Documented Life Project 2015 to see all of the wonderful artwork that has been posted by the students and the teachers there as well as get a list of all the prompt challenges for the past 3 months.
I was forgetting that I had also gotten an Inspiration Wednesday 2015 spread done as well:
Made a skin for the insert using molding paste and a stencil by Dina Wakley. This was so much fun to do. And I loved the stencil by Sheena Douglas “The Big Apple” for the cityscape. Didn’t yet have my Dina Wakley metallic paint so I used gold metallic paint by Liquitex over a black gesso background. The sentiment is by Dyan Reaveley.
The last thing I want to show you for today is what I did last Sunday in class with Gisele:
Backgrounds were all done in Gelatos by Faber-Castell. The birds are by Tim Holtz for Stampers Anonymous and are also colored with Gelatos ( some in the new bright colors and some in the new pastel colors). All of the hilarious quotes are by Dyan Reaveley for Ranger.
I want to send out a big thank you to Gisele who had made a promise and kept it – she said if I made it to class she would buy me my favorite pie from Rockaberry’s – lemon meringue. Thank you my friend it was delicious.
I would also like to say a big immesurable thank you to my wonderful wife and my two great kids for being there for me and for taking care of everything while I take the time I need to recover and get back to normal life.
With that I would like to wish you all a wonderful Easter or Passover (if you observe the holiday) and a wonderful art-filled week.