Monday, May 16, 2016

Putting On A Rush

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From one hand to another and everything in between.



The reference photo

The hand strumming the guitar needed fattening up, the widow told ne, Checking the reference photo, my eye told me  the  edges needed softening and toning down to pull it and the arm  back to. the background.  This is what kept me busy last week whenever my bum knee and out-of-whack back allowed, which wasn't enough. Disgusted with how long this painting is taking due to body aches and the tediousness of the Venetian process, which encourages procrastination, ( in the forms of pencil and oil sketches just to get away from it).  I made an appointment to have my knee replaced and that appointment made me set a deadline: second week in June if not before!  I am putting on a rush. I want this painting gone and I want to wear heels at  my son's wedding in September.  The wedding was the real cincher.

I'll post the finished piece as soon as I add my John Hancock.

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10 comments:

  1. Not long then....but you can do it...and it will be masterful, a true tribute to Morris, judging by the glimpses we have had.

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    1. I hope so. My plan is a real test of patience.

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  2. Good luck with Morris and the deadline, I follow the process with interest. And of course, good luck with the knee replacement, my right knee is behaving badly lately, so one day it will be my turn. The other day I read about the development of injecting something to repair the inner knee.... not available yet for several years unfortunately. I hope you can wear the high heels soon!

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    1. Stem cell injections. My son, the doctor, calls it a scam. I am not having a replacement; I am having a makoplasty. No bone is cut. A pad is put in to replace the cartilage that has deteriorated. I had the same procedure done on my left knee three years ago. I have had no problems ever since. A friend went to a lecture to get the scoop on stem cell knee injections. They cost $5000. It's not covered by insurance. Knee stem cells are injected and supposedly they begin too grow to replace the cartilage. Regeneration takes time. My knee will be fine in a couple of weeks.

      As for Morris, I am just going to concentrate on that painting and stop taking sidesteps to relieve the tedium--if I can. I want to move on to the next.

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    2. Good to know about makoplasty, have not heard of that in the Netherlands but I will find out more. Good luck and thanks!

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    3. the op is done by robotics. The doctor has to be certified in such. The pad is shaped like the number eight. It's soft. No bones are cut. No metal is involved. No letters from the doctor are needed when you go through security at the airport. Recovery is faster. Total is 12 weeks--but that's recovered to the point where you can wear heels again. After the op, an out patient affair, you will be driving the car in a week. As much as I am dreading those first three days, I am determined to get rid of the knee running my life. Out of fear, I waited way too long on the last one; not this time!

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  3. Bonjour chère amie,

    Je suis désolée de ne pas venir vous visiter plus souvent... Je ne sais pas comment faire pour allonger les jours !!
    Je suis sous le charme de cette peinture en cours... Je comprends que vous ne soyez pas à l'aise en ce moment avec un genou qui vous fait souffrir. Je croise les doigts pour que très vite vous retrouviez votre énergie... et là ! ce sera tout un orchestre que vous nous peindrez ! Sourire...

    Gros bisous ❀♡❀

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    1. Thank you Martine. It seems that I haven't been as attentive to blogger either. I have been investigating a sketching group on FB and slaving over Morris, which I started at the beginning of the year. As my knee began rejecting the cortisone shots, I decided to reject the knee and have it fixed. This infirmity proved without a doubt that I cannot sit and paint. Painting is an active sport with me standing and moving on my own two feet. I've been doing just that. Then the knee balks for a day, making painting Morris an every other day activity. When a knee starts dictating life. It really is time to get rid of it--and hopefully Morris by the middle of June. I have deviated from the Venetian back to a quiet gestural to make life more pleasant.

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  4. Brilliant Linda. I have had both my knees fixed, and after a while they were brilliant. No problems Linda. All the best.
    Vic.

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    1. Thanks Vic. I am anxious to get past the first five days after the op. Once in PT, I'll know I am on my way to being able to stand in front of the easel--the impetus for doing this. I can't stand sitting while I paint. Painting, for me, is an active sport, a dance forward and back and side to side constantly checking on how I'm doing.

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