Monthly Archives: January 2017
So little of being sick has to do with the body. The mind can take the healthy and make a real mess. Or, more commonly, it can take weak and make it weaker-and that’s what I am fighting.
I was seemingly getting along with my new chemo until last Friday. The HR department of the company I work for called to tell me that my short-term disability would be ending today. I thought I had until February 5. Then, the spiral started. By Friday night, I was having serious gastro-intestinal issues which I am still having, though not to the degree that I did on Friday night or Sunday morning.
I called my doctor today. I will be getting mid-treatment blood work and hydration tomorrow. The insurance has also been straightened out.
Aside from watercolor portraits, I am starting a large installation piece entitled “Real”. The premise behind it is that all 2-D art has a semblance of reality, and everything I put on canvas reflects mine. I had originally thought that these pieces would all have a direct relationship to my “cancer pieces”. That would be ridiculous since so much of my life has nothing to do with being sick.
So, there will be an element of randomness about the series that will make up the installation. I sat down today to work on another abstract and ended up painting a small portrait of David Bowie. In a very mysterious number of ways, that makes so much sense. His album “Blackstar” was released today, and he would have been 70 also today. Blackstar is a type of cancer lesion. He died of liver cancer. (Blackstar is associated with breast cancer.)
For the last two weeks, I have been honing, or at least, rehoning, my watercolor skills and applying them to portraiture. The first two I started at the hospital—I am a cancer patient and I sometimes paint while I’m in chemo. They were at best “practice” pieces, and I will redo them.
I drew out most of this one also while I was undergoing treatment. The last two days it got color, and I am now confident enough to start looking for commissions. Please feel free to email me if you are interested in a possible commission. firstname.lastname@example.org
“Malynda and Bri”, 2017. Watercolor on Windsor Newton paper, 11″ x 15″
This photograph was taken with my phone. I need a fairly clear photo to work from.
This photograph was shot six years ago and I never printed a really decent copy of it. I have attempted this as a painting twice, once in pastel, once in watercolor.
“My Favorite Little Rocker”, 2017. Watercolor on Arches.
The year has started with a pile of resolutions, but none that can’t be attempted. I’d like to figure out a way to start making a consistent side-income, and this looks as good as any. It will require practice, but these are the first of the “Friends’ Portraits”, and they have been well-received by the subjects and our friends.
“Bill”, 2017. Watercolor on Arches.
“Jaybird”, 2017. Watercolor on Arches.
“Jeannie”, 2017. Watercolor on Arches.
This is a departure for what I normally do in this medium and the medium that I normally do portraits in. I am quite comfortable working with a dry medium for this subject. It’ll be a few more attempts before the portraits get the color-vibrancy that my cars have, for example.
These two cars were completed right before Christmas.
Please feel free to contact me if you have a subject that you would like rendered in watercolor. There will be more examples to come.