My quick sketch and my finished painting.
Thought I’d show you some of the process I go through with my paintings. Sometimes I feel like something just isn’t working with a painting- sometimes I know what it is and sometimes I don’t. USUALLY I leave things alone because I USUALLY ruin a painting when I start trying to fix things, but lately I’ve been trying to have more confidence and fix what I feel is wrong. In other words, trying not to let fear hold me back from making an ok painting into a better painting. The painting above is my “fixed” version and the one below is the one I felt like something about the background was off.
One of the reasons I usually just leave it alone is because I’m a TERRIBLE judge of my own work!!! You may agree and feel like the first one was better!
I’m going to try and start posting again 😬. I’ve been good at posting on Instagram and am going to try and post at both places (blog and Instagram) each time. Where in the world to start after not posting in SOOOOOO long??? Start with what I posted today in Instagram 😉! So here ya go!
Where to begin? I guess at the beginning of my diagnosis. Last June I was diagnosis with Type 1 diabetes. I didn’t think much of it because I was totally clueless about what our lives were about to look like and what we were about to be thrown into. I knew nothing about type 1 diabetes. You may not either so I’d like to give you a little glimpse. Type 1 diabetes (T1D) is an autoimmune disease – basically my body decided to attack itself, for no reason – it has nothing to do with lifestyle or diet, and kill my pancreas. So now I do the job of my pancreas and liver (I won’t go into the details of why I do the job of both organs, just know that it’s a lot of work to do the job of both). What that looks like is a 24 hour job – no days off – no nights off. It means giving myself shots all through the day, it means pricking my finger more times than I can count. EVERYTHING affects my blood sugar – everything – from vacuuming, to shopping, to a headache, to socializing. Having T1D means trying to keep myself alive 24/7. I must take insulin to stay alive but taking insulin also means that the insulin can kill me rather easily. I read a statistic recently that 1 in 20 T1D’s die in their sleep. They call it dead bed. Scary for sure! There’s much more I could share but that’s just a glimpse into what I deal with on a daily basis now. Shots are hard and painful. Low blood sugars are at best a pain in the rear and at worst quite scary. I’m doing good now and I’m managing my diabetes well, BUT it is constant work and hard work – but it’s also life now. Grady has been an AMAZING support! He basically does the math that my pancreas use to do :).
Now to the JDRF part of this blog. This is an amazing organization we’ve recently learned about. They are the leading global organization funding T1D research. JDRF’s goal is to accelerate life-changing breakthroughs to cure, prevent and treat T1D and its complications. They want to make Type One into Type None – and so do I! Grady and I have jumped head first into supporting this organization. The first thing we were able to do is donate a piece of my art for their upcoming gala in their silent auction, and the good part is that you don’t actually have to GO to the gala to bid on this painting at the silent auction. You can just click on silent auction to view the items in the silent auction or here to sign up to remote bid. Thank you for taking time to read this and be part of our lives.
Here’s a little peek into what I’ve been doing in the studio lately…
For those in Nashville, you can now purchase my art in a little shop in Glenbrook shopping center in Hendersonville! My art is in an unlikely place – it’s in a hair salon’s gift shop. BUT it’s not just your standard salon gift shop – the new owner’s of Rodelle’s Salon (soon to be called Colour Salon Suites – how appropriate is that for my art?!) have transformed the boutique into a beautiful space that has handmade items for sale all from Tennessee. They have soaps, candles, jewelry, lip balm, ect. and ART!
I will be changing out the paintings regularly and my goal is to post the new paintings so you can see what’s available for purchase. There are a couple of other paintings up now on the wall other than these in the picture. Below are a handful of the paintings up close – click on any of them to see more detail. For those that have wanted more access to my art I hope you will stop by the boutique!
I’m so excited that spring is FINALLY here – is it just me, or did it feel like forever in getting here? Here’s a little still life that I set up in my back yard where I could see it from my studio. I will be back soon for an exciting announcement of where you will be able to purchase my art in the very near future.