Holy Moly Batman, It’s been 6 weeks since I blogged! And man a lot has happened since last we met. Most of January was spent getting my house and life ready for the surgery I had on my foot. Then on February 10th I had the big surgery. It’s a long gruesome tale that I will spare you from but the gist is I have been recovering. I’m in the third week and at this point it’s a lot of physical therapy and 5 more weeks of non-weight bearing. That means crutches, a wheelchair (maybe someone could race me!) and a knee cart, but mostly crutches. My daughter spent the first week helping my husband out and my dad came from Texas the following week to help too. We are half way through his 4 weeks with us. He is great, loves to do laundry (actually kind of OCD about it) likes doing dishes and cooking and most importantly willing to non-stop let the dog in and out (reminder: my dog is old and isn’t on normal dog schedule) . So having him here is a blessing. It doesn’t hurt that he has been watching old movies with me :-)
I had really thought I was going to be non-stop painting and creating. I cleaned my studio before surgery and got everything situated so that it was within arm’s reach.. but… life doesn’t always happen like you think it will in your head. The truth is I spent the first two weeks foggy from pain meds and I had to always have my foot raised above my heart on pillows and well, it’s kind of hard to paint like that! So I watched a lot of art videos, studied art classes and work on business stuff like taxes. Some fun stuff some less fun stuff :-)
Tuesday I got into the studio and worked and it was so nice! I hope that that kick starts me back to good things and good work!
Anyway…. Enough about all that! I realized the other day that I never showed you my second Christmas present painting. The one I did for one of my daughters. I know I have done a mermaid before but she asked for another and I had a lot of ideas running around in my head and just had to do something new. So here is Kayla’s Mermaid..
First, as usual, I drew her out on watercolor paper. (Sorry that all the pictures are so soft focus.)
Then I painted her up and glitterized her tail and body..
I painted a sunset and the sea. It is a shame that like sunsets in the wild, pictures just don’t catch all the hues.
And then I put them together. I love that she is lifting her arm to the heavens!
If you are interested you can find Kayla’s Mermaid in the etsy shop here.
Now that I’m, back in the studio.. let’s see if I can stay back on the blog!