Monday, February 15, 2016

Jacquard fabric painting and surgery dates

OK, tomorrow is my surgery date to have the first hip replaced.  Oh my goodness, such relief.  I haven't been doing much lately, which you probably know from my lack of posts, but I have been registered in several online classes!!

I have 'taken' a class with Jane Davies on printing with the gelatin plate and collage. 'Taken'  That means that I have watched the videos that accompany the class.  Now I am 'taking' Jane's class on Color Theory.  I am also enrolled in classes with Jane Davenport and they seem to be pretty good as well. I can sit at my kitchen table and draw, at least.  And I am 'taking' a class on linocutting with Dijanne Cevaal, also very interesting.

And then there is Netflix.

I have also taken, and been able to work on, the two classes offered by the Pixeladies.  And because I have Photoshop Elements loaded on my computer (which sits on the kitchen table), I have been able to get some work done.  But it's frustrating how feeling trapped, sore, (and yes, blue) can sap one's energy, which is why I have been so absent for so long. And when I upgraded to Elements 14, I managed to import all my picture categories, but I have had to go through all my (several thousand) photos again and reassign categories to them.  (I think I must have done something wrong during the importing....not much of a tech person, alas).

 Anyway, it's meant I've been reviewing a lot of things, which has been interesting.  The above photo is of a little picture I drew onto fabric some time ago and then painted with Jacquard fabric paints.  The paints were really old but still performed beautifully.  Then just a bit of heat setting and I was good to go. Unfortunately, the paints are at the back of the closet, tucked away, and the fabric is on the bolt.  And it all feels somewhat insurmountable, the idea of bending, stretching, pulling, etc. to get out more supplies.  Can't wait until I can get back to my 'normal' looking forward to a good walk!  But that will have to wait until I have the second hip done.  But hopefully by the end of this coming summer I'll be all fixed and contemplating some lovely walks.

And now, oh my gosh, a face!  I never draw faces....but the Jane Davenport class I am taking is all about Alice in Wonderland, and she has a face!!  So here is a first attempt...this is done with pencil crayons, a medium that I have no experience with, yet!  It's fun to take on something new.  Especially now when I am wanting to be distracted.  This particular class, Wonderland, emphasizes the use of watercolour, which is why I signed up, and the pencil crayon lesson is from her class 'Supplies Me' (yes, I signed up for that one as well!) but I am sort of doing it with and 'Alice' theme.  Multi-tasking, right???

Anyway, away I go to make sure I have everything in place for when I come home from the hospital...a two-night stay only.  Thankfully my guy is here to fill the 'caregiver' role and I am so very grateful.

So, I may be absent once again (thank you for hanging in there) but when I come back, it should be with renewed spirit, and certainly renewed joints!!! Yay!

Back, but maybe not too soon.  But I'll be back.

Lots of links below.  Check them out!!!


  1. Hope all goes well. Keep doing your exercises.

  2. Very good to hear from you, Marny, and every good wish for tomorrow's operation. I know from my husband's experience how sapping of energy a painful hip can be ... but also how liberated he felt when he could move again without pain once he'd had the operation.
    All those courses look most inviting. How sensible of you to use your time tied to the kitchen table following up interests.
    I'm on a roll of exploration right now (with the help of all those Photoshop skills I learnt from the Pixeladies courses), but who knows when that will dry up and when I'll need fresh inspiration. I will keep this post in mind.
    Take care!

    1. Thanks, Margaret. I'm looking forward to some lovely walks this spring....what a concept!!!!
      And yes, check out some of those courses...what fun. And I LOVE what you've been up to on your blog!!

  3. Sending you lots of loving and healing thoughts today and into the week. Do hope the surgery goes well.

  4. I regularly check your site to see if there is anything posted and hence, very pleased when your name popped up on my blog !
    I know, for a fact, that you will feel so much better once the healing is done and the physio has you moving again ! You will feel like a new woman ! All the best Marny !

  5. Hi Lesley and Sharron. Thanks so much for your comments. Surgery all done and I'm home again...and it all went super well. I can stand on my joint again!! Yay! Now it's on to the recovery part...I can do this!
    Back soon