Well, 2017 has not been shaping up to be any better, physically, than 2016 was. My back is still giving me fits and sitting or standing for long periods is extremely painful. And you can't paint lying down. I have had a lot of other things going on in my life and family though. Grandkids are the joy of my life right now.
Our oldest granddaughter graduated Valedictorian of her High School class and has been accepted to the Honors college at Texas Tech University. We are very proud.
Our youngest grandson will soon be One year old, I have no idea where the last year has went to.
I have worked on a couple of paintings, and donated the painting you see above, to our local Education Foundation Fundraising Gala, which helps to support local schools in our community. It was purchased by a wonderful couple who do so much to support education here.
The summer months always make me hurt worse, so I will be stuck in the house for the next few months. Hopefully I will be able to get a few things accomplished., Hopefully!
Its hard to keep feeling hopeful at times. Thank God for my family.
I''ve been out of pocket for many months now, 2016 was a very bad year for me health wise. I had neck surgery in October, they repaired 3 vertebrae and put in a titanium plate. I wish I could say it solved my pain problems, but alas, no such luck. I've been told I need the same surgery on my lower back as well but I just don't think I could handle anymore surgery for awhile. The degenerative arthritis in my back has caused scoliosis and has damaged my vertebrae and my spinal cord. So painting has been on the bottom of my list of things to do.
I have been wanting to try again, but then I received another scam email from someone supposedly wanting to buy a painting. Only he won't give me the name of the painting he wants, and wants to pay for it by electronic transfer into my account. I offered my Paypal account but he refuses. How do these people really think I'm that stupid?
I love to create, I love to paint, but sometimes I have to wonder what I am doing it for? I have won several awards for my paintings and I have sold some. But, in this day and age of Social media and websites, are we really doing any good? I read articles all the time about how artists should focus on marketing through the internet, yet I receive several of these scam requests for my art every year. So far I have yet to sell a single painting to a legitimate buyer thru the internet. What am I doing wrong? If the market is out there, how do I reach it? Quite frankly I have sold more art work thru my gallery, word of mouth, and at shows or other smaller venues.
I find it very hard to keep trying to paint and be seen as a legitimate artist when I have to deal with this kind of stuff. I hurt too much to put myself through the aggravation.
I live in constant pain, even painting is something I have to push myself to do because I need to feel somewhat useful in my life. It is hurtful when people try to scam you out of money you can ill afford to lose. I fight doctors, acquaintances, family, even the government just to get someone to acknowledge how bad of shape I am really in. I receive no help from anyone. It just really pisses me off when someone else tries to take my money by nefarious means.
Sorry for the rant, but sometimes I just have to vent.
This is Izzy, she belongs to my daughter Brianna and lives in Baltimore. She is one of sweetest and most loyal dogs. We actually gave Izzy to Brianna for her birthday the second year after she moved to Baltimore. She was lonely and now lived alone, so of course as a mama, I was worried about her. I bought her from a breeder in a little town outside of San Antonio. She was 6 weeks old when we picked her up and flew with her to Baltimore for Thanksgiving in 2007. She made the trip like a champ and was a real hit with everyone we met. She never barked or cried the whole way; she just stuck her nose out of the carrier and laid it against my leg. I have painted her before as a puppy. She is totally spoiled but that's all right, she deserves it.
Brianna is married now and expecting her first baby. We are so excited; this will be our 6th grandchild. I expect Izzy will make an excellent babysitter.
I love doing portraits, especially of dogs and horses, capturing their loving spirit and special personality forever for those who love them. Our pets never live as long as we would like them to, but they never leave our hearts.
Honeymoon in Venice
An award winning Pastel artist and blogger, who lives with Fibromyalgia, Psoriathic Arthritis, and Chronic pain.