Friday, 19 July 2013

Soup and Heartfelt Thanks...


I need to send out the world's biggest thank you to all of you
who have sent me insane amounts of love, support and encouragement
Sinus, Phantom and I have been overwhelmed and humbled by the outpouring of wonderful 
that you have all sent our way
it has meant I have sailed through the last week of tests and other assorted rubbish with a smile
and that is saying something as it feels like at least a million people have squeezed, biopsied, scanned, poked and prodded poor lefty
I tell you if I charged them all for the feels they are copping I would be sitting here a rich woman
but it has been worth it to get the news that the prognosis is so good
I know there is a lot of crap ahead but feeling surprisingly ok about it all
and I know I wouldn't be feeling that way without the love and support of this amazing community


I have a week before surgery while they get assorted other rubbish sorted 
and I am going to fill ever spare moment with painting
I should be getting organised and meals into freezers and things
but bugger all that and Phantom and Sinus can manage
they are big enough and ugly enough to jump in and sort themselves

I must say they have both been very cool through it all
teasing me at just the right times, and telling boob jokes at every opportunity
and I am so grateful to have them there being so gloriously strong 
I may even feel guilty at times in the future when I am torturing them in the future
not likely, but there is a chance I might feel bad


I bought these cans of soup so they won't starve if things get desperate
actually I bought them to paint because how could you not want to paint them
and they look wonderful on the shelf in the studio... quite the Warhol-esque installation
and Phantom and Sinus aren't entirely hopeless in the kitchen
so they shouldn't have to resort to tinned soup
but then again you never know


 I am now going to get stuck into catching up some cup and mug painting
and please know that all of you have made my life immeasurably better this week
and managed to bring so much positivity and joy and made a huge difference at this time
you will never know how much it has meant to us....xx

78 comments:

Ann-Margaret {Ann-Margaret's Visions} said...

Oh, Tracey, I am sending you big hugs right now...I am just learning of this, as I have been out of the loop of catching up on posts and blogs since my mom has been so sick for the past few weeks. I have missed seeing your sweet and colorful cups! Please know that I am thinking of you and will be keeping you in my prayers as you prepare for your surgery and then, throughout it and your recovery. Much love to you, sweet friend!!

valerie berger said...

i really like your art, hope all good for you

earthenmagic said...

greetings dear kindred ~ good to read thee is with a smile on the dial!...
...a little thoughty: this beautiful girl is sharing a similar journey ~ i don't know if anyone else has shared this with thee ~ if not ~ here's her magical ~ mysterious portal: http://princesanadie.blogspot.com.au/2013/07/richard-redgrave-veo-el-final-del.html
blessed be! dear gentle gentle kindred neighbour!...(O:

VonnyK said...

Glad to see you back and painting up a storm. Lovin those soup cans and the patriotic mug. Keep on smiling.
Hugs, Von

Fran Traina said...

You 'sound' really good and your work is looking great! I've been keeping you in my prayers and will keep on as you get ready for surgery and then on your way to recovery! Keep on keepin' on, friend!
Fran T xo

Helen Campbell said...

Your soup cans are fabulous! Ours don't come in those wonderful colors!
I'm so glad the prognosis is good. Keeping you in my prayers and continuing to send you healing energy.

janice smith said...

Love the soup cans! If I were your neighbor you wouldn't have to worry about meals at all. I'd make sure you and your family were well nourished! I'll have to make do, though, with sending more and more and more wishes for health and healing and a measure of peace that surprises you every day. You rock, Tracey Fletcher King!

Michelle V. Alkerton, mixed media artist said...

I just now caught up with your blog. I am so sorry to hear of your diagnosis and upcoming surgery Tracey. Sending all good thoughts ~~~ and strength that I can muster for you. {{gentle hugs}}
Stay inspired!

Tam Hess said...

Oh Tracey!! I've been so caught up in my summer time shenanigans I didn't realize you were having troubles! Prayers and good vibes for you and the fam. Power through with that awesome sense of humor. What beautiful soup cans! Soup cans in my market aren't that pretty. What's up with that?

MeOfCourse said...

Hi Tracey. I will be praying for you. I heard the news and wanted you to know that my thoughts are with you.
Love your cans and how fun to paint them. Great job. ::hugs::
gloria

sharon said...

Great cans, so glad that it looks good. You are a special person deserve all the love flowing your way. Stay strong in the coming weeks. When I had my op last month, therre were some breast cancer patients in my ward, and they were the noisiest of all. The nurses were trying to be discreet about giving them their new boobs, but to no avail, fake boobs flew all around. I do so hope you get companions like that during your stay.

Patricia/NYC said...

Tracey I was so happy to hear the prognosis looks good & even happier to detect a lighter note in your (blog) voice. Still praying for you & sending you great big hugs from NYC ! And btw,vas soon as I saw those cans I thought Warhol 😉. So glad to see you are painting! HUGS!!!

Jaz Higgins said...

The future is bright Trace! I too bought those soup tins, and I don't even eat tomato soup!! Well played Campbells, well played.

Tracey Grgic Potter said...

So happy to see you fitting in some painting time. It's also a big relief your surgery is in a weeks time, that is quite quick. Marko and I hope it all goes well. We are here for you and the family, please let us know if you need anything at all. Sending much love and healing thoughts to you. xx

Arnoldo L. Romero, MLA said...

Andy Warhol is no competition to your colorful Campbell soup cans watercolors. I'm sorry I was out of pocket when all these news about your hospital ordeal took place. I'm glad the prognosis is good, but I will most certainly keep you in my prayers, my friend. Blessings!

Terri Richardson said...

Praying for you and your family. Good prognosis is such happy news - And I love the soup cans.

Rita said...

So glad you are in good spirits with a good prognosis and loving support from your family and friends! Lucky lady! The soup cans are gorgeous, before I scrolled down I thought you just took liberties with the colors. I hope those are available here, I love them! And, of course you painted them beautifully.

froebelsternchen Susi said...

what wonderful art again ..anbd I am glad that the prognosis is good...

happy PPF!

Paper rainbow said...

fabulous soup and warm healing thoughts, much love x

Nic McLean said...

Tracey there is so much positivity pouring out of your post, I think your attitude is amazing and I'm so pleased that the prognosis is good. You'll have some crappy stuff to go through no doubt over the next while but if well wishes were morphine then you'll be high as a kite from all the love being sent your way from blogland alone. Your soup cans are awesome. I wish they sold those here-I'd stack tgem on a display shelf-they look so retro cool! Xx

Valerie-Jael said...

Lovely work! Stay positive, it helps, and good luck with the OP. Valerie

denthe said...

omg Tracey, I didn't know! So sorry you have to go through this, but it must be a real relief that the prognosis is good. Wishing you lots of strength to battle this ♥ ♥ ♥

Lynn Cohen said...

Bravo for having a good post diagnosis week! You do not lose points however should you have a less than stellar week, or day or hour! Ever! Just sayin'!
The soup cans rock like crazy!
Am also sure your crazy family will be able to fend f or themselves, will not starve while you are momentarily detained entertaining the medical staff at the hospital.
Draw when you can, record it all! It just might be what gets you through! So glad you've got a dynamite prognosis! This will all be over before you know it!
Sending love, gentle hugs, and major good wishes for quick healing! HPPF!

Lynn Cohen said...

PS. Sending chicken soup!

ann @ studiohyde said...

So pleased the prognosis is good and that you have got through the 'examination' stages. A comment here, but my thoughts are with you throughout as undoubtedly others are too. It is so great that you have received so many good wishes from the blogging community...we are here supporting you from afar (see, I had to get the 'support' word in somewhere, no pun intended)!!!!!

Keep painting and drink tea :)

Neet said...

There was I thinking the cans were for comfort for you, not for feeding Phantom and Sinus. I think cans fall into the "comfort food" zone as they take little preparation and nothing better than to snuggle with a bowl of soup. Must say your painted ones are fab!
Now to the nitty gritty - so glad you have received a good prognosis, sorry they had to do a lot of poking and prodding but just think of it as necessary, a means to an end to all the worry you had whilst in limbo land. It's easy for me on this side to say positive things to you but I would be a wreck were I on your side. I am sure you are still worried and nervous.
Just remember you have lots of cyber love and prayers coming your way - and from all hemispheres - so more or less continual for 24 hours.
Take a deep breath my friend and think of all the love around you.
Keeping up the prayer. - Neet xxx

Giggles said...

Oh my why don't we have gorgeous cans like that. We only have boring red and white ones for all flavors. Yours are the coolest!!

I am so happy you have all this amazing support...it swells my heart in a good way!! You are so special to so many of us!! I'm sure there is so much wonderful energy and prayers all focused on you! You can't help but have a quick recovery!! Love you!

Hugs Sherrie

missy k said...

Good luck with your surgery Tracey.

I'm thinking of you alot and wishing you a very speedy recovery.

Amazing cans! We don't have these in the UK. Love your sketch. Keep painting :)

Karen x

Becs said...

Oh Tracey, I'm so sorry but thankful the prognosis is good. Prayers and love coming over to you from my little corner of the UK too. xx
(ps great cans!).

Netty said...

Great cans of soup Trace, but where's the tin opener??? - Guess they will find a way to open them............

Am sure your loving family will support you through this difficult time and you will be in all our thoughts and prayers of that you can be sure. Sending masses of hugs and love. Annette x

Sandra Busby said...

Wow - you're a better person that I am... I'd be milking it as much as I could get away with and allowing myself to be waited on hand and foot, haha! You already know how happy I am that the news is good and that it looks like lefty will be alrighty, even if it means feeling like crap for a while. You sense of humour is bound to see you through, as will Matt and Phoebes! Am so glad you will be painting this week before the op! And am loving the soup cans!! What is it that makes us crave tomato soup when we're under the weather? Anyway - sending you big hugs! :0)

Ilona Heimböckel said...

That means something to feel carried on a wave of love in your situation! And I'm glad you have a good prognosis! All the best further on for you and well wishes and a :-)

And a truly Warhol-like motive!

Ilona xx

Cindy Adkins said...

So happy for the good prognosis. You have my continued prayers and support! The mugs are beautiful!

Susan said...

Dear Girl, Know that you will be OK. It is amazing how well they can handle these things now days. My friend looked even more beautiful when she lost her hair. We are all out here praying for you. Much love!

Sherrie Roberts said...

Tracey, I am so to hear the last Post I read was the Pig in a Cup and posted shared on my FB. I have been quilting and painting too. To cheer you up I will Post a photo of pathetic painting I working on and hang the quilting Tops in progress around a distraction, Maybe I will put a couple of cups in to.

His Healing Angels descend with the most powerful medicine - His Love!

Sherrie Roberts

Snap said...

You GO, girl! Give 'em heck .....!!!!!!


oxoxox

Suzy said...

So glad to see you back painting, it is great therapy for your soul. Great soup can colors too! You are in my prayers Tracey. Great big (((hugs)))to you and your family. xoxo

Kim said...

Love your colorful soup cans and big hugs to you! xo

Nicole Beadwright Campanella said...

Tracey, you know how much I love your art. The colored soup cans are wonderful. You have a wonderful attitude and that will be a huge part of your recovery. We are all sister's in this battle and you know I am sending healing energy and keeping a candle going for you.
Nicole/Beadwright

Rita said...

How come you get colorful cans of Campbell's soups!?
Hearing your lifted up voice made my day, lady! *hugs* :):):)

Dianne said...

you go girl! love the soup cans (always a Warhol fan) and that you are going to keep painting mugs and cups! art heals, so you should be in great shape!

Linda said...

you rock girl!!! Your attitude, your personality and humor -along with our continued support and love will keep you strong. LOVE those soup cans!! Our Campbell's cans aren't that colorful...

flying shoes art studio said...

My prayers and good wishes for you to recover and feel 100% very soon. You've got a terrific attitude and I love the soup cans. Art is my therapy and I hope you find comfort in escaping to your studio.
My Best,
Kristy

Colleayn said...

I haven't seen Campbell's soup with fun colors like this. I love it. It's good to see your art, blog, etc. Hugs!

Lorraine said...

prayers for the good prognosis..hang on in there as there are so many around the world thinking about you at this tough time..love the soup

Ayala Art said...

The cans are so cool! I have not seen them like that around here...
And I am wishing you the best in these days to come.
Now you know half the planet is praying, wishing you well and keeping positive thoughts for you.
Hugs!!

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I'm immensely thrilled to read the prognosis is good. You are definitely in my thoughts. And keep that upbeat, positive attitude you are so famous for. You make us laugh, so hope it rubs off on everything in your life.

Marji said...

Well, that's not fair that you have such lovely colorful soup cans in your part of the world. I'm going to have to write to Campbell's for sure. So glad for good prognosis. A positive attitude is awesome medicine. Let it ease your thoughts over the weekend.
M..x

Christine said...

Best wishes Tracey, we are here for you along with all that wonderful chicken soup!

Christine said...

I mean tomato soup!

Terri Corona said...

SOOO happy to hear that the prognosis is so good! I'm starting the weekend with a smile on face!

~*~Patty S said...

Nice to see your artwork and hear you so chipper Tracey!

Good vibrations and very best wishes will continue to make their way to you from me here in Virginia, USA

oxo

Faye said...

More hugs again this week, Tracey. And I have prayed for you as well. I love your soup cans, although we only have the red and white labels here.

Catharina Engberg said...

Just came from VonnyK and found out about it all. I´m so sorry to hear Trace! But I got to tell you; if anyone is going to make this it is you Trace with all that positivity of yours! And drink alot of green tea. I heared that is good. You have alot of friends out here careing for you and thinking of you. Big Hug to you my friend

Randall Cogburn said...

Like the watercolors Tracey, keep it up.

Randall

Terri Morse said...

Hi Tracey! I'm so glad you are feeling better. I've been praying for you all week. I even got a mammogram in your honor today :) (Nothing says love like getting your boobs squished!) I don't think it would be appropriate to paint a picture of it, would it? Anyway, your surgery next week marks the beginning of your recovery. I'll be cheering for you! It's good that you're keeping up with the cup project. Painting makes everything more bearable. I love your soup can paintings - maybe I should give the flower and bunny paintings a rest :) My pantry is loaded with cans, some of which may have been around since dinosaurs roamed the earth. Hugging you and the family from Pennsylvania, Terri

Sheila said...

So glad you have good news! and heck yeah, let them fend for themselves, AND FOR YOU! How else are they going to appreciate all that you do for them! :) ha ha ha

Stay strong and be good to yourself!

I have not seen these cans. i am going to google them right now... I want some! Very cool! And your painting of them is awesome!

Prayers and best wishes to you :)

Sheila

Alexandra said...

I'm VERY sorry I've missed out on so much! OH MY GOD! What a horrible sister, I am. I don't even know how/where I missed such details. Please, please forgive me. Love you SO much!! xxxx

TwinkleToes2day said...

Ooh, I loves those tins I does! ;) We get Campbells condensed but not in cute coloured tins like those! No fair! lol :)
Well, hug, hug, hug & a zillion more for the latest news for ol' lefty. We have a matching pair dontcha know ;)
And soup is quite a good staple for two almost grown-ups whilst you need the essentials seen to and the post-everything, essential, recuperative painting times ahead, so 'feeling bad' shouldn't even be on the horizon of the tins label.
Hope you have a wonderfully painterly weekend.
I'm off to an encaustic demo/try in a wee while. I'm not sure what it is but it sounds messy, so, I'm there! :D
ttfn - xxxx

Mary Walker said...

Holy cow I thought you made up those colors! Who knew that cans were like that? Very cool.

Kimberly Hogan said...

Tracy, I am sending you all the good mojo I can possibly muster. I am a cancer survivor, (acute lymphosarcoma) my body has been invaded more than most countries. I too would be a very wealthy woman if i got paid for every poke, prod, and oriface that has been violated. :/
I'm not sure if you have heard of a mixed media artist by the name of Patty Tolley Parrish from inkyobsessions.blogspot.com, but she is a US MMA and she is a breast cancer survivor, she is a very funny woman. You should check her out. Though I'm sure you have enough going on right now., just thought I'd throw that out there.
I'd also love to comment on your delightful soup can watercolor painting. You are so talented. I have never seen a Campbell's can that color. I just love your work.
I will be keeping you (and your boob) in my thoughts, and pray for a speedy recovery. I will keep my eyes peeled for updates. (((HUGS)))
Kim
http://www.happyhomeschoolroom.blogspot.com

www.dorissdaughter.com said...

Good Luck with the surgery Tracey. We are all thinking of you:) Great soup cans. They do look very Warhol-esque. The design hasn't changed since the 60's!

bellefrogworks said...

Been thinking of you and lifting you up in prayer all week - love your painting. Don't know why we don't have such gorgeous cans in the US. I am really glad the prognosis is so good. I am praying that you would have continued peace even as you have the surgery.

Irene Rafael said...

i am glad that you have had some positive news. best to you on your upcoming surgery. your take on the warhol designs made me smile.

JoyCorcoran said...

I have so many friends who have survived cancer, the latest being my dear 89 year old friend who survived uterine cancer and is cancer free for her 90th birthday in September. She is a kind and funny and tenacious person -- sort of like you. Your art and humor mean so much to us all. Thanks for being a light in so many lives. I know you know you are loved the world over by now, but here's another prayer and wish for a speedy recovery.

Joni Nickrent said...

Sending positive thoughts and prayers your way!

Gallery Juana said...

I've been out of blogland for a bit and am just catching up.


Glad to hear the prognosis is good and you have such a supportive family. It's a difficult ride and every little milestone and loving hand makes a big difference.

I so admire your strength and sense of humor that continues to shine through this time.

Sending you hugs and strength.

p.s. love the soup cans!

Lorinda @ Everyday Endeavours said...

Oh Tracey, just doing a belated catch-up, and am so sorry to hear of your news. As always, it sounds like you're handling things with your usual wit and positive spirit. Sending you big, big hugs my friend. Take good care xxxx

Jez said...

Wonderful news. I know how scary it can be, and how much blogging friends do help, and I am with you in my thoughts all the time. Your positivity is your greatest armour and survival tool. Love, Jez

Carmen said...

Your lot sound just like my lot :) Boob jokes win out :)

The soup cans are amazing! Both the bought ones and the painted! Am a bit miffed ours don't come like that!

Loving the Union Jack mug too :)

Nigel Roberts said...

If anybody can kick its backside, it's you! Good luck xx

Michellem said...

Big hugs to you as surgery approaches - know you have people rooting for a fast recovery all over the world!! Your soup cans are amazing - LOVE those crazy colors!
Big hugs to you, Sinus and Phantom!!

Prairie Jill said...

So nice to hear from you! And so nice to know how well all of you are holding up, and that the prognosis is so good.

Best wishes for your surgery, and for a speedy recovery.

PS As always, I love your art! And your wonderful soup tins.

bluebirdslivinginthemeadow said...

Holy moly! I'm thinking and praying and hoping for your health, dear Tracey...xoxoxoxo. Take good care

Leigh said...

I am sending continued prayers your way.

stefanie stark said...

You created such a beautiful picture from the cans of soup! And although you are currently facing this "obstacle" in your life you created such a funny note too.
I am sending you all my best wishes for your surgery. I'm thinking of you each day!

stefanie stark said...

Oh no ... I have just lost the comment I created for you. So I herewith try it again. I said I love your cans of soup and I love their colors and although you are currently facing such an obstacle in your life you created such a lovely note too ... and I am also sending my best wishes to you for the surgery! I am thinking of you each day!

Rochelle Cathey said...

Tracey....sending you continual love and thinking of you always