Friday, 26 September 2014

Painting Sunflowers ...


It has been a week of sunflowers
I bought a couple of stems on a whim the other day at the grocery shop
and yes I did forget half of the things written on my list
why I even write a list is beyond me
but the gorgeous sunflowers made it all quite acceptable
that we still had no milk and dinner was going to have dodgy sides


I started with this sketch of the blooms in my little sketchbook
while having breakfast early in the week
and figured a bigger painting was totally on the cards
because the colours and those magnificent overblown blooms
just needed to be painted again


So the rest of the week was spent on this bigger one
which was done painstakingly bit by bit over the course of three days
as most of it was painted and drawn left handed
due to the fact that I had my dreaded port a cath thingy removed on Tuesday
it has been bulging from my right hand chest like a mad alien growth
since the end of chemo and needed to be accessed and flushed regularly
but I am now deported and along with that fabulous milestone
came the inability to do much with my right arm for a few days
as the stitches needed to stitch and all that
the only problem was that I had been thinking about painting them up
all day Tuesday while I was at the hospital
so by the time I got back I really really wanted to get in and get working on it
turns out left handed was pretty cool
not quite as much control but that works well with what I was going for


Scarily there probably wasn't that much difference in the end result
except that those loose squiggly lines took forever
but it was great to have to get in and actually think about the lines I was using
but at the same time have that lack of control and just see what happens
which turned out surprisingly well
but now I am even more impatient for the stitches to do their thing
so I can get in and do a right handed one and see if there is a difference
happy painting all...xx


42 comments:

cjsrq said...

They look spectacular! Hurrah for you going ahead with your left hand. There doesn't seem to be anything that keeps you from moving forward. You are such an inspiration!

JackieP Neal said...

Tracey, Your sunflowers are just as incredible as you are!! Simply stunning and done with your left hand! Crazy what our bodies will do for us when called upon! my best to you Tracey! xo

Tracey Grgic Potter said...

You're an inspiration Tracey! I can't believe you used your non painting/writing hand, they are beautiful.

Rita said...

OMG!! You did that left-handed!!?? *bowing over here in Fargo* So glad you got that port out, though. Hope you heal up quickly so you can play right-handed soon. These are wonderful. :)

Lynn Richards said...

You have got to be kidding. Left handed??? Fabulous. I totally understand the need to do whatever you can even if it's left handed! Beautiful work.
Happy healing...

Marji said...

Beautiful ambidextrous you! I love sunflowers. They are one of the happiest flowers going and you captured them beautifully. I also love that you are getting back to teaching. Noticed the classes tab. very excited to see that and I'll be one of your first to sign up!! M.x

Tam Hess said...

Gosh, really gorgeous. The colors and the squiggle lines. Super impressed with your left handed abilities!
Happy Paint Party Friday!
Thanks for sharing your work :)
Tam

froebelsternchen Susi said...

Oh GOSH! Absolut anazing Trace!
xxx
Susi

Valerie-Jael said...

Wonderful sunflowers. Valerie

denthe said...

These look stunning! I so love sunflowers, and I'm also wondering whether there'll be a difference when you paint them with your right hand. Never would've guessed these are done with your non-dominant hand ...

VonnyK said...

I always knew I could bring you over to the dark side (mwa ha ha). See, left is best and I have to say you make a superb leftie. Love the colour of your sunflowers. You can almost feel the sunshine coming out of them. Beeeyewteeful.
Luv Von

scapmanufaktur said...

Your sunflowers are so wonderful. This is such a big inspiration with your choosen background color. Last year I sketched and painted some sunflowers and I love these flowers. Maybe I will give them a try again. :-)

sharon said...

Love the sunflowers especially against that background. I love drawing with my left hand, mine is wonkier than yours though lol!

Giggles said...

GORGEOUS!
The end!

Hugs Giggles

loveofcollage said...

amazing and u inspire

My name is Erika. said...

Who cares about having milk and other necessities when you can have something so pretty. I love sunflowers and your paintings are great. Put a big smile on my face!

HollyM said...

I'm amazed you painted that left handed. It's lovely. I've wa
Key by the sunflower bunches a few times. I'm going to succum and buy some one day.

Stacey Vadaj said...

great news that the port is out! it seems apropos that you chose sunflowers. it will be a beautiful reminder of the next step. thanks for sharing.

Linda Kunsman said...

your sunflowers are stunning!! I wish I could sketch half as well with my good hand:) Great news that you had the port removed!

Christine said...

Love your beautiful sunflowers!

Beth Niquette said...

Aaaahhhh...your sunflowers just fill my eyes. So startlingly lovely--that gold on blue--such beautiful lines. Like a smile on canvas.

Studio Kaufmann said...

These are amazing and I would never have thought they were done with your left hand. I do think sunflowers are so cheery! Happy PPF

TwinkleToes2day said...

Check you out, Ms Ambi - Dextrous!! Lol! Excellently awesome work Tracey, (of course), and, of course, congratualtions on the milestone **TootToot!** (trumpets), lol ((Hugs))
The sunflowers are gorgeous and of corse their purchase took precedence over food stuffs ;) I really love their colours.
Your book in the last photo, looks fairly small? What size is it Tracey? And am I right thinking it's happy being wet?
Love n hugs for swift, stitch, healing and a lovely weekend ahead xoxo

Krisha said...

My favorite flowers!!! Just stunning!!!
When God closes one door, He opens an other. I would not have ever guessed you did this with your left hand!
Besides, who needs milk when you have paint?????
Glad to hear you've conquered an other mile stone.

Corrine at sparkledaysstudio.com said...

We have a big field of sunflowers growing near us and this is just the cheeriest ever painting of them. xox

Corrine at sparkledaysstudio.com said...

We have a big field of sunflowers growing near us and this is just the cheeriest ever painting of them. xox

Polly Birchall said...

Your post had me in stitches. Sorry couldn't resist. Very impressed with your left hand adventure.

Deepa Gopal Sunil said...

I have a thing for the sunflowers too(apart from a whole long list!!!)...and each piece here is gorgeous with some gorgeous gorgeous hues...LOVED every bit!
Hope you are getting better and hope to see you all well soon :)
Take rest and take care!
Loads of luv & hugs
Deepa

Faye said...

Fab sunflowers, Tracey. Hope the port stitches heal up really fast so you can be more comfortable. I think your left handed work is gorgeous! Yesterday, I bought some flowers at the grocery store, first time in a couple of years. I needed cheering up so I just did it!

Jo Murray said...

I LOVE sunflowers, and I particularly like yours. They are a symbol of your constantly uplifting attitude that never fails to make me smile.

bellefrogworks said...

you did that left handed? you are amazing - it's a gorgeous painting. it's ok to forget milk if you get beautiful flowers instead!

Ayala Art said...

Love love love!! So juicy and full of life!
Sending you gentle hugs on the left size.... hope you are fine quickly!

Jaz Higgins said...

Happy to hear you got deported!

The sunflowers are delightful!! x

Carol said...

Love the Sunflowers!!!!! My all time favorite flower of all. I love trying to paint with my non-dominant had once in a while... mine are never as fine as your's but they are sometimes humm....let's just say very interesting ♥

Neesie said...

OMG you are ambidextrous too... I've said it before Tracey and I'll say it again ~ "YOU ARE MY HERO"!!! ;D
xoxo

Tammie Dickerson said...

WOWZA!! You draw beautifully with your left hand!! We should all do our artwork left-handed one day and see what turns up! It has been sunflower week for me, too - and I love the vibrant, cheerful colors in your work! So happy and lively - they make me smile! Congrats on the "deportation" :)

ann @ studiohyde said...

Love your paintings, brilliant job with your left hand.

jinxxxygirl said...

Well thats just amazing you did that with your non dominant hand! Great! Hugs! deb

Sandra Busby said...

I can't do anything left handed - it is useless - no coordination whatsoever!! It doesn't seem to have made the slightest difference to you though - I would never have guessed! These are gorgeous! :0)

Cindy D. said...

So beautiful! Wow, the purple!

LeeAnn@Encouragement Is Contagious said...

beautiful!!!!!!

Debbie Nolan said...

Dear Tracey - Left handed certainly suits you. Glad to you are rid of that port. Take care and be sure and share the right handed one. Love your style. Lovely.