Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Little Head #5: Biker Me

Biker Me, oil practice sketch

While this isn't a "relief" painting, it was definitely a relief to get down to the studio to fool around with the oils.

After spending some time on the phone trying to clarify what I have to do to get my knee fixed September 10th, I was fit to be tied. One hand didn't know what the other was doing.   It seems I need a "pre-op check-up" from my internist with blood taken blah, blah, but the little gal in the orthopedic doc's office in charge of "surgical sceduling," has no idea of how to explain the workings of such a procedure.  Most annoying--enough annoying that I'm thinking of living out my life with the knee God gave me and upon which life wrecked havoc--was  getting any one doc's office to explain the actual pre-op procedure.  Still outstanding is this mystical pacquet I was supposed to get (4 weeks ago) to tell me how to exercise (and strengthen) that knee these weeks before surgery.  Seems important to me.

By the time I finishled the back and forth phone calls and lunch, I was wishing it was cocktail hour.  But instead of nipping, I headed down to the studio, turned on Beethoven's Pathetique on my iPod and picked up a brush.  It was a good move. I lost myself in the music and the painting.  The painting still needs work. The music told me my progress on the piano with Pathetique was going along just fine.  As for my pre-op responsibilities, I tried. No more time will be spent on that project, UNLESS it's to call the whole thing off!  

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  1. well, I am glad you went to your studio too--this is cool. I like it! I hate surgical type things...I'd probably be of a mind to skip it too!

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  2. Something strong and fresh comes from this painting! I would say ... do not touch it more! It 'pretty much perfect portrait of YOU.
    If you still want to work on this topic, because not from ANOTHER?
    Sometimes each of us should have close to a guardian angel that stops our hands at the right moment ... John Sargent had definitely this guardian angel, because he left us so many works not overworking that can bee so admired by us today!
    I can well understand health problems and knee surgery, ... the only chance is to fight, without falling into passivity and resignation.
    A winter full of invasive health checks is coming for me, but I know that the attitude of fighter is the only way to overcome it.
    The action and the will to action is what can save our minds and our hearts.

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    1. I agree. I did put it aside today. Enough was enough. Thanks Rita for being my guardian angel.

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  3. GORGEOUS portrait of you, Linda!!! You did a beautiful job with all the colors in the face!!!LOVE IT.

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    1. Thanks Hilda. These practice heads are warming me up for JD. I must have some apprehension and feel I have to do some exercises with the medium before I really tackle that big canvas. I might have gone too big for my britches too soon?

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  4. I do recognize a certain Linda in this painting and I love the dark glasses! Gives you kind of a star's look. It's hard to know when to stop, but with each try you're getting better. Good luck with the big canvas.

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    1. I know Helene. With each painting finish is an issue. Only with time and practice will that come naturally.

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  5. I love the 'biker you'! All the best for your knee op!

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    1. Well now, I'm having my doubts on the expertise of the docs doing the operation. That's really why docs need to hire competant office managers who put competant people in the various positions. Makes a nervous situation even more nervous.

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  6. The vibrant color and boldness of this speak volumes!

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    1. That's the person I hope to be come October. I did a couple of tweaks to this--softened the jowl thing--and as a practice, I'm quite satisfied. On to the next. I'm thinking Ellis and me--and then having that IF it comes out okay made into a holiday greeting card. I only send a few to closest friends, so the card will be handwritten--and I can use it for Thankyou Notes. I'm of the Thankyou Note generation. That really dates me. To think I used to balk at having to write them, but my mom was a stickler--if people are kind to you, you must show appreciation. I wish that wisdom made it through to my grandchildren, but it didn't.

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  7. I am sorry about your pre-surgery ordeal. This is just the opposite of what you need now.

    Your painting is wonderful, lively, with beautiful colors.

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    1. Got it straightened out today! All that's left to do is rent whatever I need to rent from hospital supplies--the week after next. The accomplishment was one to be celebrated. Now I have to think what am I going to do to amuse myself during the recoop period? I think I will be able to play the piano with that leg stretched out straight--and I do have graphite supplies handy to the couch. I do not intend to take a lot of pain pills. I hate them; they fog up your brain. Grin and bear it. Thanks for your sympathy Jean.

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  8. Hello Linda!
    I love this one!
    The colors and the lights and darks are outstanding!
    I got a kick out of your first sentence in this post. Gave me a much needed laugh. You can be so funny! Thank you!
    Take care Linda and keep on keeping on!
    Michael

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