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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  1. Your studio looks so inviting! It's so bright and airy and exudes creativity. It's going to be a great year!!! So glad you have you back in the saddle and ready to teach again :-)

  2. I cannot wait to take the new class! I love what you are able to bring out in me. You are so amazing and inspiring. Some day I hope to be up and out of this bed so that I can have a studio. Your studio looks amazing. ❤

  3. Your studio looks amazing - I know you are thrilled to be finished reorganizing. My purging and reorganizing project has taken so long, I think it's time to start over - AGAIN!:) I have chosen a lovely new paint color for my studio (muted or dusty aqua) - IF I can ever get to the walls to paint them! LOL!

    Whether my space is purged, reorganized, painted or not; I am so excited to begin class with you in January. It has given me something to look forward to in 2015.

    I hope you have a wonderful Christmas and a shiny, bright New Year with your lovely family. Much love, best wishes and fairy dust coming your way. -mary

  4. Wyanne I am so inspired by your strength, talent, imagination and bravery. Nothing will keep you down! And the thing I noticed immediately is how glorious your photo at the top is. You fairly radiate such intense beauty, coming from the inside out. Truly a bright shining woman! Your studio is fabulous, and I am hoping to sign up for your class. I have long aspired to learn the magic that emanates from even come close would make me so happy. I so adore the transparency of the faces if your girls, and the whimsical nature of your work. Sorry to be so flowery of speech, but you truly do have my complete admiration. Bless you and your endeavors!

  5. Wyanne, you don't know me, I want to say something and yet I don't really have words, only an essence of something in my heart. Your journey has been unimaginable, I can't fathom your courage and your ability to triumph in the face of such adversity.
    Your photo in this look incredibly beautiful! Your face is brilliant, alive and bright, your eyes twinkling with only a hint of the tremendous battle you've been through. You look so utterly amazing and you are...I just want to tell you that, I hope you don't mind.
    Wishing you every good and lovely thing in the days ahead.

  6. Hi Wyanne! I just visited your bolg for the first time in a while, and I have to say, you are so amazing! You are full of courage and such an inspiration to me. I hope God blesses you in the coming years. xo

  7. Hi Wyanne. I have been following you for years but don't usually comment. I even have one of your gel prints you sent me that I am grateful to have.... I want to tell you that although you have had to readjust to your new life, I can relate in that I had a radical necktosection some28 years ago and 8 weeks of radiation to my neck area. I did not quite suffer the loss you did. I lost the base of my tongue, tonsils, etc. but still can eat although I choke a lot on food as it gets stuck. I have had to learn how to clear it. As you said, "pick up the pieces" after radiation. I feel very fortunate but I am amazed at your strength etc. It is what we do in the face of adversity that makes us who we are. I love your courage and strength and am wishing you all the very best news and health in the coming years. I love your new picture at the top of this post. Your art is even more beautiful than ever. Thank you for all that you do to enlighten us.


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