Saturday, December 31, 2011

Bringing in the New

What can I say about 2011?  Was it a good year?  In many ways it was...at least eventually I hope to only see it that way.

I got to do many fun things, experience some goals for myself, start a long awaited relationship over with my son, watch my grandkids grow like weeds into well adjusted, healthy young kids, learn new art techniques which brought my personal creativity to a new level and to recognize most of my blessings, see old friends, travel a little and appreciate who I am.

I experienced health challenges along the way which will hopefully make me a healthier and stronger person who will live longer as I have lots of things I still want to achieve.  It was pretty scary going thru it all but I'm blessed to now see the light at the end of the tunnel as they say.

Reflecting back now, I realize a lot of things about this year that have made me a better person, mother, grand mother, friend, woman, partner and artist.  I also recognize now that God has a plan and I'm not in control.  But, if I listen very carefully I'll get to where I'm suppose to be in God's plan and in God's time without many bumps in the road along the way.

There are some words that will be in my vocabulary on a regular basis this new year...
1-Gratitude always number 1
2-Humility
3-Acceptence
4-Respect
5-Appreciation
6-Blessings
7-Wonder
8-Abundance
9-Obedience
10-Recognize God's presence in my life

I'll be 66 in less than 2 months and I think it's about time I have finally come into my own.  So here's to the old...2011 and I welcome the new...2012.  I intend to make 2012 my most brilliantly successful year yet.

Here's some things I created throughout 2011

Mixed media handmade jewelry
Mixed media handmade jewelry

"I Have Everything I Need" mixed media painting on canvas SOLD
Unframed (better for photos) shadow box mosaic collage "Gratitude" SOLD
"With all my Heart" small mixed media in shadow box frame
"serenity" Totally handmade with acrylic shield
Mixed media cuff bracelet SOLD
"Make it Natures Way" mosaic collage in shadow box frame
"Mixed media neckless SOLD
"Look Within" mixed media on canvas SOLD
"Home Sweet Home" Hanging Fabric collage quilt
"I'm Still Learning" SOLD
"Inspired" SOLD
"Fruits of Life" mixed media painting on canvas SOLD
"Anticipation" mixed media on canvas SOLD
"Endless Tomorrows" Mixed media on canvas
Shadow box mosaic collage SOLD
"New Beginnings" acrylic painting on canvas
A collage book that went into a shadow box frame SOLD
Living Fearlessly, a mixed media painting on canvas
Oh my, and this is just a handful!  There are so many more things I could post but I won't.  I'm finding it so interesting to see how much work I've created just this year.  I'm astounded!  I guess I just don't realize how much I do accomplish.  This is, of course, a blessing to know as I don't give myself enough credit most of the time.  I will now I'm sure....I'm feeling kind of proud actually.  I hope I can remember this when I start to doubt myself.

Well, this takes me to the last post of 2011.  I had many followers before I lost my original blog and only a few now so I'll just send my wishes out to old and new friends if only by spirit.
May the New Year of 2012 bring you many blessings both for you and your family, perfect health and many joyous moments to reflect on.  Wishing you Peace of Mind, Lots of Inspiration and Much Love throughout and always.  God Bless You!
Renee

Friday, December 16, 2011

Commission Work

A few years ago a lovely women purchased a mosaic collage entitled "Gratitude" from Ten Women Venice.  She saved my contact information and commissioned me to do 8 mosaic collages to give as gifts to each of her family members this Christmas.
She chose the word "Powerful" as the theme.  Each letter had a specific meaning and was to be used in all 8 shadow boxes.
P - Prayerful
O - Obedient
W - Worthy
E- Eternal
R - Reverent
F - Forthright
U - Understanding
L - Loving

Here's what I created for her......

Powerful 8 unframed
Powerful 7 unframed
Powerful 6 unframed
Powerful 5 unframed
Powerful 4 unframed
Powerful 3 unframed
Powerful 2 unframed
Powerful 1 framed
A grouping of 4 framed 
It was quite challenging to create 8 very different views of the same word and overall theme going to the same person.  Sometimes I surprise myself.
As far as I know, all arrived safely and my client was happy with what I created for her.


Monday, December 5, 2011

Since my hysterectomy

Just needing to express my gratitude for finally being on the mend today.  It has been a very challenging time for me health-wise.

Since my last post about the challenges I was dealing with after my hysterectomy, I have since had 2 more surgeries.  I knew I wasn't right and something was amiss inside of me because I just didn't feel quite right.

I had a calligraphy workshop the weekend of Nov. 19-20th that I was looking forward to for a long time.  Saturday all went well but Sunday was another story.  Right after lunch I went to relieve myself and because my bladder was still numb from the hysterectomy I was straining to urinate.  I felt a pop and a pain shot up into my gut that took my breathe away.  I came out and mentioned what I was experiencing to a friend and then I felt the strangest thing. As I was sitting with my legs stretched out and trying to let the pain pass, something started to throb between my legs.  It was a weird feeling so I went back to the restroom to check it out.  What happened next changed my outlook on life.  As I explored what was pulsing, I reached down and literally held my intestines in my hands which had fallen out of my vagina.  Within the next 20 minutes I was on a gurney, pushed into an ambulance and rushed to UCLA Medical Hospital where they performed emergency surgery to put things back where they belonged. 

What I was told was that my stitches from the hysterectomy didn't hold up and 2 feet of intestines fell through my vagina which is what was in my hands.  Bizarre is not quite the word that would describe what I was feeling during this ordeal.  Unfortunately, the next day, the doctor who did the emergency surgery felt that the section of intestines that had escaped did not get enough blood and oxygen while exposed and he needed to go back in to remove that section.  Hence...the third and hopefully final surgery.

I'm post op a little over 2 weeks now and finally seeing the light at the end.  It's been an horrendous ordeal with everything that went on in the hospital and the strangeness of the experience, I can only say how grateful I am to be writing this post, sitting upright with no tubes up my nose and down my throat, needles in my arms or catheter, sleeping in my own bed and surrounded by my pets, art and family.  I am looking forward to a full recovery and a prosperous, peaceful, happy and healthy 2012.

I can let it go now....I hope.

The Grand Opening Celebration

Looking in at our Grand Opening Celebration

Because I wasn't up for hanging out the entire evening, I got to our Grand Opening Celebration when it began around 5:00 p.m. Friday evening.  It was bustling all up and down Montana Avenue and the gallery was filled with people by the time I left at 5:45.  From what I heard, it was a very successful event.

We received so many compliments and happy wishes welcoming us to the neighborhood and the proof was all the sales.  We hope we made lots of new return customers. 

My jewelry is doing very well and it is what is selling...not my art, unfortunately.  I guess I'm happy at least something is selling.