Friday, January 2, 2015

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!
Well, I promised to be a better blogger this year.  So, I'm trying hard to keep my promise.  I tell you...Facebook makes it so easy to microblog...that's it very easy to let this old school blog fall to the wayside. Sorry about that.  I've been hard at work at my new class, You & Me,  I'm so excited and nervous about it at the same time.  As you can see...the "Badass" has stuck!  I like it.  I feel I earned it for sure! Danny even gifted me with a gorgeous bracelet from the talented Manon Doyle... on the front it says "I am brave"...and on the back "Badass".

The class is turning out bigger than I thought.  There are more videos that I had originally planned.  I'm enjoying painting again in the studio and sharing every minute of it.  One thing that's changed of my voice.  The painting videos are set entirely to music, and have a faster but steady (not crazy like my YouTube videos) pace.  I've added instructional subtitles to them instead of my new Forrest Gump voice.  I know folks wouldn't mind my voice with the subtitles...but I'll be honest...I have to think about pronouncing words without a tongue that it would be hard for me to concentrate on painting. I do have several personal video logs each month about life and stuff...and some great artist interviews!  It feels so great to be able to work again!  I can't tell you how great!  Thanks to everyone who's signed up for the class...and for all your love and support.  I am just overjoyed.  I hope your New Year is fantastic because mine is off to an incredible start!

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

New Me...New Class

Limited Edition "Survivor" Giclee

Lately, it seems that I can only get around to updating the blog every six months. I'm sorry about that...and although I'm not one to make New Year resolutions...I will say that I'll try to do better in the New Year.

I'm doing really well.  I am learning my new normal...and just damn happy to be here! I finally got my trach removed! That was a huge happy day for me.  I think it was one of the hardest and most uncomfortable part of my recovery process.  I thought that it would be removed when I finished radiation, but the doctors wanted to keep it in while I went through therapy to re-learn how to swallow.

Unfortunately, after many months of working with my swallowing doctor...they determined that I'm not able to swallow safely.  So my stomach feeding tube is (most likely) permanent.  So, all my meals and drinks go through the tube.  It's really not as bad as it seems.  With the lack of taste buds...I really don't miss it that much.  With the trach gone, I can speak again...of course without a tongue my speech is hard to understand. biggie!

 Me today...almost a year after surgery!  

The important part is that I'm here and doing what I love every day!  Making art!  I redid my studio and finally got organized.

The studio before the makeover....and me trying to make sense of all of it.

It took a lot longer than I expected...seems like everything I do is a little slower these days (but...hey more time to smell the roses!). Here's some photos!  It's a small space but it's filled with light and makes me happy!

This gorgeous painting by Heather Santos hangs on the door as you walk in.  A reminder of what I've been through...and to remember to be brave in my art!  I'm sure as the studio gets will also be a family joke about having to be brave to enter the room!  LOL

I also have a table dedicated to jewelry making.  I have hoarded so many beads over the years...I've got to make more jewelry in the New Year...oh jeeez that sound's like another resolution!

My favorite part of the studio is my wall of love.  I tried to keep all the cards, art and letters that were sent to me.  They gave me tremendous strength during my treatment...and they still do.  Thank you to everyone who sent them! I still have more to add to it...can you believe it!

I'll be honest...I thought I'd bee so happy just creating art in my little studio...but I realized I missed teaching.  I was really down about it for a while...because I thought there was no way that I could do this with my speech impediment now.  And then...I thought about it and decided...what the heck...I'm going to do this!  So, I created a new class for 2015.

 It's called You & Me.  It's a personal journey into overcoming the difficult stuff in life and creating more art!  I would call it an extension of ALL my previous classes...especially Paint Free.  It starts in January and goes through November.  It's a huge undertaking and I'm so ready for the challenge and this new journey in my life!  I made a video about the class:

There's a special early bird pricing available until Jan 1st...and special payment options.  I hope you'll consider joining me on this Badass Journey!  I can hardly wait...  You can click here for more info.

So, that's about it for the update.  I promise to be a better blogger after the holidays!  Promise!

Many blessings...much happiness and a tremendous amount of love world!  Thank you for everything!!!!!!


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