Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Another of the same

Day 18 turned out pretty good, but I did a lousy job on the hand. I still like yesterdays better than this one. But they both do look like me.

Monday, January 28, 2008

Self Portrait Day 17

I think today's self portrait looks the most like me. Of course hubby will probably say no, but to me yes. I shaded some with a stump but the shading does not come thru very much on scans. If I darken it in my picture program, my face starts to look dirty.

Sunday, January 27, 2008


Today I finished two more of the postcards for the exchange. I can't post them right now. I have to wait until they are received. I don't want to give anyone an early peak at what they will get in the mail.
I have signed up for yet another project. This one is a little different. Painting masters 200 A.D.-1970. We study them, do a copy or interpretation, then mail then to one of the 20 participants. And we have a whole year for this.
I did one that lasted a year. It was way too long. The thread got really lonely. Even the one who started the project had forgotten about it. Then there was a lot of scurry right at the last minute for everyone to finish.
I will try again this week to go with the art group. We will go to a local mission/church. If it is raining, our fallback place to meet is at the art association gallery. There we will set up a still life or work on whatever we want.
I haven't done my self portrait yet today. Will have to do two tomorrow. I think I will have to do that a few times as I am behind most of the others. Some of them have only two more to do.

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Doctor's office

I was at the doctor's office yesterday and drew the lady across from me. She was talking and moving a lot and never noticed I was sketching her. I did show it to her later, and she liked it.

The specialist said that the surgeon may just be right about a more surface infection. He said he sees no redness. He requested more blood work before the next visit. I take the remainder of my meds, then see both doctors two weeks later to see if something more flares up. But I did like that he is thinking maybe the infection isn't as bad as first thought.

Friday, January 25, 2008


My self portrait today makes me look like a homeless person. It's not my best but by far not my worse.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Scavenger Hunt #71

I wasn't very happy with my self portrait tonight, so will post one of my scavenger hunt items instead.

This is the second time I have sketched my hand with this symbol of peace. I did one as an ATC for the Thankful

Monday, January 21, 2008

SP Day 11

I think the self portrait that I did today is my best so far. Not just for this portrait challenge but the last one I did as well. It lost something in the shading when I scanned it. I used Derwent Drawing Pencils (brown ochre and black)

Friday had to have surgery today. She had an ear hematoma (I think that is what it is called). It was drained two weeks ago but was swelled again. The draining was like a bandage. This time it needed a more permanent fix. The vet goes inside the ear and sutures it back together so the blood doesn't just pool inside the pocket it had made. Now my credit card balance is worse than ever, but I will have a happier baby who has had ear problems all her life. She should be home tomorrow.

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Drawspace Forum

I belong to a Valentine ATC exchange at the Drawspace Forum. We had 9 ATCs to do and mail. I haven't mailed any yet as we still don't have the addresses, but I have been done about a week to two weeks. Here are the results.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Day 7

Well I missed the plein air outing. I ran some errands yesterday and overdid it. I decided to stay in today and not irritate the knee and my ankle any further. We had rain last night and having lots of foggy days. I don't need to get out in weather like that. I really am disappointed tho as this outing would have been an easy one for me. Hopefully they will have another easy one in the next week or so.
Here is the sp for yesterday. I used Derwent drawing pencils. I can get more depth from shading using these than I can with graphite. Have no idea why. Maybe because when I shade with graphite, my face ends up looking dirty.
Another mouse caught in a sticky trap. Found it in the living room, so I guess the dogs found its hiding place. At least they didn't eat it. Now I get to "worry" again about having mice in the house and hubby out of town for a few days work. Drats.
I joined a Postcard Pen Pal group with Anita Davies. Anyone who wants to join and send her an original art postcard will get one back from her. Nice idea and will get me a piece of her original artwork. I am slowly getting pieces from most of the artists I have long admired. Now if only I could get a trade from KatherineT....
I joined a postcard exchange project in Wetcanvas. There are two separate projects. The first one filled fast. Now the second one has only 3 more spaces. Wow. I guess this is a popular project. I have been in several exchange projects and love them.
I do find I prefer the ATC size exchanges. For some reason I have no problem filling an ATC but when it comes to the larger postcard, I can't seem to come up with ideas on what I want to do. I have completed only 3 so far and have 21 left to do. And one for Anita. Must give it more thought and come up with something fantastic.

Monday, January 14, 2008

Day 6

I did two self portraits today to make up for yesterday. Day 5 was awful. Day 6 ok. Not according to hubby.
I have done 3 postcards for the trade on Wetcanvas. I haven't really liked any of them. The third one will get mailed. Not sure about the first two. I am off my game at the present time. I guess I had better get back to basics and do these in graphite.
I will go out with the painting group Wed. It will be my first outing since before the surgery that was 11-6-07. We are going to the house of one of the group. I will be able to stay inside and put my foot up.

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Day 3 Self Portrait

I did two portraits today. One to make up for none yesterday. I did a self portrait first, then a portrait of my hubby. About 5 minutes or so and you would have thought his neck was broken. He moved once to talk to the dog, but luckily he got right back into the original position when I complained.

Friday, January 11, 2008

More Waiting

Well I still didn't get a definite answer about my infection. My two doctors don't agree on the kind of infection. From the sample they took from the knee, no culture grew. But the infectious disease doctor said he still thinks the knee will have to be removed. And instead of the 6 weeks the surgeon said it would be out, this doctor said the knee would be out and I would be treated for 6 months to a year. As if I wasn't scared about that enough already.

For now, I will continue on the antibiotics for two weeks. Then they will stop them. After that, we wait and see if the infection flares up. I guess the 2 weeks is to see if a lesser infection clears up. Then when they stop the meds, if there is an infection in the bone, it will get worse. He said it could be days, weeks, months. He still thinks that no matter how long it takes, it probably will happen.

So now, I wait. I will be praying very hard for a miracle. And they do happen. It is in God's hands. At least he will be walking with me thru it all.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Day 2

Self portrait 1-10-08.

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Another Month of Self Portraits

I started another portrait challenge of one a day for a month. The last one helped me improve my self portraits immensely, so I will attempt to make some more improvement.

Sunday, January 06, 2008

Wetcanvas WDE 1-4-08 Wonderful Woody

I drew an ATC of Woody for the WDE on Wetcanvas. He is lisilk's step dad. His photo was one of the 16 she posted for everyone to draw. A strong and sensitive man. Devoted to taking care of his wife who has Alzheimer's.


I woke up today a feeling of terror
Got up, walked by, and looked in the mirror
Who is that person staring back at me?
Where did they come from, who do I see?

Changes are expected, they are the norm
But what the heck happened, that can’t be my form
Where is my picture, please let me see
Where are my thoughts, where can they be?

Living with strangers, why am I here?
Looking around me filled with fear
Don’t I have loved ones, none come around
I only see empty, I only see frowns

I woke up today, a feeling of glee
Looked in the mirror and what did I see
Staring back at me my shining face
Feeling so peaceful, no need to race

I see my beloveds looking at me
Filled with sadness, why, what do they see?
Can’t they see that today I am here
Not so tomorrow, no memories held dear

I woke up today, a feeling of terror
Got up, walked by, and looked in the mirror
Who is that person staring back at me?
Where did they come from, who do I see?......

Jeanne Grant 1-29-06


I'm still having medical issues. I saw an infectious disease/internal medicine specialist on Friday. He is taking tests and will consult with my surgeon. I should know some more tomorrow.

Still not doing much art. I did an ugly self portrait for the scavenger hunt and used the challenge of using a marker. Not a pleasant look but a little like the way I feel right now. I am very tired and very tired of dealing with all this medical stuff.

Thursday, January 03, 2008 is another forum I belong to. We had a secret santa project exchange in December. I was the secret santa to Brian. Here is the "present" I gave to him. It was one of the items on his list.

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Still not well

I'm still not feeling very well right now so may be off the computer a few days. Happy New Year and hope to be back soon.