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Wednesday, February 09, 2011

Recovering Slowly...

more slowly than I thought possible, to be honest. I managed to make my first frame, successfully, even cut the glass...and was then cut down myself, by a gall bladder related illness that has kept me abed for a fortnight, and even now, is limiting what I can do, and how much energy I have. Needless to say, I have finally decided to have the operation to remove the gall bladder; I can't spend huge chunks of time in bed feeling sorry for myself and too exhausted to move. So that's where I've been these last few weeks.

Before I disappeared to bed, I talked about some work I'd quilted; the images are shown above. One is a simple bubblewrap print, called Bubbles, on some hand dyed fabric. The second is a layered print on Evolon, which needs some more work done on it. The third is a monoprint, also on Evolon, called Red Sun; it, too, could do with some more attention, methinks. Though perhaps, not a great deal. This stuff feels like work that is past, disjointed pieces that have links to each other, but not obvious to anyone but me, and mostly made for a project that I have abandoned. Yet it feels wasteful to abandon the work; there is quite a bit of it. So I will finish, mount and frame what I can, and dispose of the rest. Scrap, anyone?

I have a lot of ideas for new work, but haven't yet begun it. The first step, I think, will be a sketchbook for that project. This is not usual for me; I usually make things up as I go along. This project, though, may well involve other people, and is very complex, including a large scale installation work, which I've never done before. It's a bit scary. Actually, it's a lot scary. Still...things could be least the ideas are there. So tomorrow, I go buy the sketchbook, and work on it during my rest breaks at the gallery. Having got to the point where I can actually frame, I think I'd better get some practice in, but I'm not convinced I'll manage a whole day. At least this way, I can sit on the sofa and use the time productively.

One thing at a time, though. Having found my camera this morning (lost for a the bottom of a bag full of fabric, where I left it...sigh), I have things to photograph for Etsy, including some lovely hand dyed kiddies t shirts, all ready for spring. Which is coming...honest it is!


First Christian Church said...

I'm so sorry you are dealing with health problems! I hope you get it all taken care of soon. I especially love the first piece.

Monica said...

there are times when body just says NO and mind screams pleaes. It is usually wise to listen to body and have it fixed so mind my resume control.

Connie Rose said...

So sorry you've been under the weather, Marion. Lots of love and best wishes for a speedy recovery (and removal of the offending organ!).

Judy Nolan said...

I'm sorry to hear about your gall bladder issues, Marion, but glad to hear you have made a decision about the surgery. Let's hope that resolves things for you!

June said...

There's nothing more debilitating than Chronic pain, especially when you think somehow you should be able to overcome it. At least the surgery will give you hope that the pain ultimately will go away and you can get on with your life and art.

The sketchbook is a good idea -- it sits quietly and isn't as demanding as an "actual" piece of art work. And sometimes those sketches become art, but there's no necessity for them to do so.

The large-scale installation project sounds delicious. And with the scale, lots of sketchbooking will be really helpful when you can execute it.

Take care of yourself.