Never too late to do something new.
"Can' t you paint my Sofa animal?"
My earlier neighbour asked me in 2008 when I still was an abstract painter.
Her relationship had been cracking for a while, so I asked her:
"Your teddy bear, your husband or your cat? "
In my opinion there were a bit crowded on her 2 pers sofa and it could be any of them.
" My sweet cat " she said..
"OK, then I first have to teach myself how to paint something that looks like something" I said. "Then I will do it some day."
That day has come now, 10 years after, I have decided.
I have started up painting the artwork in my flora- fauna illustration line. I have always been experimenting, creating new art medias.
Always, and I always will, no matter how ill I am.
This illustration line of mine "Flora Fauna" which is the only one of my 7 illustration early lines developed in 2015 which till now I haven´t sent in for any art juries, is caracterized by containing no ink. Instead I use watercolor and colour pencils. On attached picture I put on a layer of watercolor with a brush.
My life´s first cat painting might take a lot of time to create as I am still interrupted every 5 minutes by health caring activities, liquid food, servings in teaspoon size dued to an accident in 2016. I hate it! It spoils my social life, and grounds me to my private residence in Copenhagen. It drains me. It occupies all my time.
As you saw on pic in my last Box- blog I am also using crutches dued to a real heelspurr, a bone hook deformity under my heel, a newly arrived suffering which is very painful and cannot be surgeried without damaging my foot completely. It came while I had my exhibition at TIVOLI Copenhagen autumn 2017 maybe from standing up 12- 14 hours a day, which was why I had to stay at home at let another take care of the gallery during the last half of my exhibtions in TIVOLI, my miniature art exhibiton: " Med Blyant og Lup" and my paper art exhibition "Blood Moon."
From the beginning of the new year my long draining kidney stone attacks returned, 8 1/2 years more to go according to my doctors before the storage in my kidney should be empty, as they are related to an hormone illness I had a surgery for in Oct 2016. For me it is an irreplacable loss of fredom and time going through this after 10-20 years of Primary Hyperparthyreodism. I exspected to be free of symptoms after the surgery by now. But no. Attacks have reduced in duration and number since my surgery and there are up to 1/2 year between the astroid swarms from my kidney passes by like bolts from the blue and make my life into a living hell on Earth.
Damn! I really got a blank in the health lottery.
But I NEED to deepen myself as much as possible moving away my focus from my health.
This art break and creativity of mine means EVERYTHING to me now. Not only using my creativity to solve health trouble but also spending it on funny activities like creating new things, it not only works like a theraphy it is also creating hope in all it´s life-affirming infinity.
It gets me out of my bed in the morning.
It makes me raise and walk an a painful foot.
It motivates me to create boring looking diet liquid food and eat it.
It forces me out of my embroy position during and after a kidneystone attack.
It makes me came back and climb this mountain again and again.
It gives me back the reason to stay alive again and again.
It makes my life.
It gives me a reason to live.
I BREATHE THROUGH MY ART!
It is difficult almost impossible for me to travel with all these health trouble and limitting handicaps. But my art can. My art do it for me! My art is out in the endless world! I am flying!
I am happy to get informed each time my museum artworks have been exhibited. Just before this new year I got an E- mail all the way from Argentina. I am not good at the Spanish language, but as far as I could understand, my 2 miniature artworks " No1" and "No2" had been exhibited from Nov 27th to Dec 15th 2017 in the courthouse of Buenos Aires and I got a greeting from the city council. Thank you for that and for the certificate documenting my participation! You don´t know how much it means to me that you give me a voice through my art though I have almost lost my own.That you still count me out there. My art keeps me alive and very present.
Dued to my health I am right now climbing the mountain being knocked down again and again each time I paint. Like another Sisyphus.
But everything I can has grown out of my life crisis. So why not belive in it this time, too?
Right now I don´t know the destination of my first cat artwork, but maybe this blog will show or give some opportunities as so many times before.
Some filming is taking place during my work, proces will be published on my INSTAGRAM profile @larklisbet.
Happy New Year