So here we are already in June - I can't believe how time flies and it seems faster and faster the older I get. It has been a busy month with some unexpected hurdles, one of which is a bit of a blow: I'm having increasing trouble with my vision and as a painter that is very concerning; the good news are that it appears to be "only" cataracts so it should be fixable and I'm on the waitlist for surgery. This however did cause me to have a minor laser procedure in each eye - as the surgeon reassuringly said: he needed to punch a hole in both eyes for the fluids to circulate better - or I could go blind! OUCH - but it is now done and all is well - everyone assures me that cataract surgery is done all the time with excellent results, but the thought of someone cutting into my eyes scares me stiff!
Luckily my colour sense seems OK - at least I think so - but I can't read more than about five or ten minutes without severe eyestrain causing headaches and that is a huge loss. I love curling up with a good book and that is no longer possible - so what to do? Paint of course, and as long as I keep it to no more than about two hours at a time it is OK and I am eternally grateful for that. So I have just finished a 36 x 36" painting that I am very pleased with and above you see a small detail of it - it has been a chance to experiment with different ways of using my old bamboo pen and Golden's wonderful High Flow Acrylics. This gives me the ability to use finely drawn lines as well as larger sweeps of colour - something that I have long wished to do without really being able to get it to work.
This is the resulting painting and I'm hoping to continue exploring the many different possibilities and see where they will take me:
And so life goes on and it seems that no matter how hard you try to be organized and to keep your life simple, new and unexpected problems can crop up to complicate things (my passport and some other things also just got stolen from my home - I think I know the culprit but have no way of proving it) but what can you do? Except just deal with it and keep going.