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gakinme
11-22-2012, 12:03 AM
This might become a series depending on my energy level.

The girl is me and the piglet is the stuffed toy piglet that my mother made for me when I was very little and I took it overseas many times and still have it with me.

In the past, I enjoy drawing death and destruction but now, I will change focus because of my own health problems. I've just been diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer in multiple parts of my body and I'll try to fight it as much as I could. You could read my progress at the blog link below The Long Road...Stage 4.

This one is not as scary at night but in my dreamworld, I would like to meet a docile glowing worm at night.

Holbein oil pastel all the way on 8x10 inch velvet board which takes on colors very easily and perfect for me with little stamina for now.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/21-Nov-2012/86669-worm01_small.jpg

adamsaso
11-22-2012, 05:46 AM
Hello Sandra,

Really nice piece of work... I think that some more highlits would give you power to fight cancer.

looking for whole series :)

Adam

Pat Isaac
11-22-2012, 10:22 AM
Oh my, I am stunned by this news. You do seem to have retained your sense of humor and that is good. I do hope that all goes well for you and know that you are in my prayers.
Your glowing worm does not look so scary, but he is VERY large compared to the little girl....I always love your sketches.

Pat

stee71
11-22-2012, 02:24 PM
Sandra your news is most distressing, but you had better get your fighting gloves on and get kicking that cancer's sorry ass, These forums need your colourful, expressive sometimes comical or witty or fantastical pictures, no one can help but enjoy looking at your work, So be strong do everything the doctors tell you and GET WELL !! xx

P.s I like your friendly worm, though at that size he could even be regarded as a Wyrm.

gakinme
11-22-2012, 03:31 PM
Thank you, Adam, for the tip. Pat, Steve, I'd definitely do just that...fight it back.

Here's the second one. I don't really have experience with drawing apples so took some lessons from Yusuke's previous apple highlights. Thank you, Yusuke.

Holbein and Sennelier oil pastel on Fabriano Tiziano gray toned paper - black one here 9.5 x 13 inch

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/22-Nov-2012/86669-apple_house-small.jpg

Flycatcher10
11-23-2012, 11:48 AM
Oh Sandra, your note was the saddest message to receive. I hope that painting gives you the strength and grit to fight your cancer.

I love your work, the more I look - the more I see. Fantastic designs, you have managed to capture the viewers imagination and look beyond.

You remain in my thoughts. Mary

gakinme
11-23-2012, 04:52 PM
Thank you, Mary, for your comments. I have so much to draw for me and my piglet I don't want to stop. I want to show all the sights I want to visit.

Will post more when I finish them on the same thread.

Thanks for encouragement.

gakinme
11-25-2012, 02:59 PM
If the posts keep get MIA, go to my blog at this link and you'll see more updates on the girl and her pet (http://www.wretch.cc/blog/gakinme/9103681). Some I didn't do in oil pastels and so didn't post it here.

Had to lie down doing this. So only had Mungyo set near me.

Velvet board 8x10 inch

From underground, there are many undiscovered sources of energy and renewal potential yet mined. Here's a happy fruit that glows with health and happiness that's willing to exude its charm.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/25-Nov-2012/86669-resource01_small.jpg

gakinme
12-14-2012, 03:21 AM
The land of pomegranates. My husband bought some from Costco and painstakingly take the seeds out for me to eat every one of them.

Velvet Board
Caran D'Ache Neopastel

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/14-Dec-2012/86669-gp07_small.jpg

Pat Isaac
12-14-2012, 08:44 AM
It is pomegranate land and they are such a great color. How sweet of your DH and thanks also for your updates on your blog....:grouphug:

Pat

mirizar
12-14-2012, 09:07 PM
Love it! Especially the second one!

theopolis
12-15-2012, 04:01 PM
It's a wonderful series- Be well!

gakinme
12-15-2012, 06:23 PM
Thank you, Michelle, theopolis!

I've added a new blog entry called On Going Home to the Lord (http://www.wretch.cc/blog/gakinme/9103759) if anyone is interested.

Yannse
12-15-2012, 07:31 PM
I like the way you paint,a dream maker ;)

Frostie
12-17-2012, 04:24 AM
Sandra, your work is really beautiful. Sorry for your your news - my thoughts are with you. Art is such a great therapy - it will help you keep strong and help to keep your focus on living and fighting.
Helen

gakinme
01-16-2013, 03:26 PM
Thank you, Yannse, Helen.

When the girl tires from her travels every so often, she curls up with her piglet with friendly hosts.

Sennelier, Neopastel, Holbein oil pastel
Velvet Board 8x10 inch

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/16-Jan-2013/86669-gp08.jpg

Flycatcher10
01-16-2013, 03:35 PM
Been thinking about you Sandra. Beautiful painting here, wondering how you're doing with the new drug and all the travel?

Haven't seen an update on your blog postings.

Hope you are heading into remission, you remain in my prayers. Mary

Pat Isaac
01-16-2013, 04:36 PM
Think of you often and I love this series. I hope in some small way, it gives you strength and pleasure through your illness. Stay strong and keep your good attitude...my prayers are with you.

Pat

gakinme
01-16-2013, 06:03 PM
Thank you, Pat, Mary, for your kind thoughts.

It's the first time in a month that I had inspiration to draw for this series...only because I was so tired out doing one chore only and had to curl up in blankets and so this piece.

I have updated my blog posting and now it's in The Long Road...Stage 4 ...Part 4 (http://www.wretch.cc/blog/gakinme/9103849) already. The religious entry On Going Home to the Lord is here (http://www.wretch.cc/blog/gakinme/9103759).

Recently, I've sold some art supplies including some small sets of oil pastels but when it comes to these big sets that I have, I am still uncertain if I want to hold on some more or not. This piece was done with La Grande Sennelier and it's so convenient.

DerRickster
01-20-2013, 11:30 AM
This might become a series depending on my energy level.

The girl is me and the piglet is the stuffed toy piglet that my mother made for me when I was very little and I took it overseas many times and still have it with me.

In the past, I enjoy drawing death and destruction but now, I will change focus because of my own health problems. I've just been diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer in multiple parts of my body and I'll try to fight it as much as I could. You could read my progress at the blog link below The Long Road...Stage 4.

This one is not as scary at night but in my dreamworld, I would like to meet a docile glowing worm at night.

Holbein oil pastel all the way on 8x10 inch velvet board which takes on colors very easily and perfect for me with little stamina for now.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/21-Nov-2012/86669-worm01_small.jpg

This to me captures the energy and imagination of a child. The long circular strokes of rich glowing color of the worm (represents the wonder and curiosity of a child) on a black background (gives you the sense of uncertainty and unknown when you were a child.) It reminds me of a childrens story or movie or something. Remember the cartoon of the kid who walks up to the chalkboard and his imagination carries him away to the boxing arena only to fight the numbers...well it's not exactly that. Velvet art from the 70s...not that either but close.

PaulsArt
01-20-2013, 12:27 PM
Your art series of the little girl and her piglet exploring is fun Sandra. I think it would make a neat children's book. :) I believe God give's us art as a creative outlet. I think of him as the greatest artist. After all, he is known for being quite a creator himself! Thanks for your blog link, I liked reading it and listening to the hymns.

gakinme
01-21-2013, 12:31 AM
Thank you, DerRickster, Paul, for looking at these and leaving such encouraging comments. If it is God's will, I'd like to make it a series long enough for a book.

DerRickster
01-21-2013, 02:19 AM
Thank you, DerRickster, Paul, for looking at these and leaving such encouraging comments. If it is God's will, I'd like to make it a series long enough for a book.

You are a blessing to us all

Pat Isaac
01-21-2013, 08:59 AM
These would make a wonderful book, Sandra....you are an inspiration. Prayers are with you often.

Pat

Flycatcher10
01-24-2013, 03:49 PM
Sandra, just know that you are never too far from my thoughts and prayers most days. Appreciate that you allow us to understand through your writings and be with you during this difficult time.

I'm so glad that you are able to share some of your paintings that you are able to do when your body gives you a break from it's painful grip.

Mary

Mary

mollerman
01-25-2013, 02:08 PM
This is some of your finest work that I have seen Sandra! Missed you over in the SW forum. These are all so creative and appear to me great illustrations for a book? What an interesting adventure...
Hope all goes well and you are having fun with your art. Looking forward to seeing more of the girl and her pets adventures!

scottishwifie
01-28-2013, 06:09 AM
Dear Sandra thank you very much for sharing your lovely oil pastel paintin, they would make lovely illustrations in a book, could you write a story to go along with them?, I like the second one the best, I will be praying for you, that Jesus gives you the comfort and peace that only He can supply and also the strength you need to fight cancer, you are an inspiration to us all keep painting Lesley

Mikenoss
01-28-2013, 09:20 PM
Keep fighting Sandra. Prayers are with & for you.

gakinme
01-29-2013, 07:08 PM
Thank you, Pat, Mary, Lesley, Marcus, Graham, for your encouragement. It's nice to know that it is doable as a children's book.

I don't know if I have the energy to write the story but here's the star (http://www.wretch.cc/blog/gakinme/9103937)t of it in my blog. I'll leave it to my kids to concoct a story if they like to continue my work but for now, I think I have only enough energy to paint the scenes. My kids have listened to my concocted stories often and I think they would be creative enough to link them all together if they want to. At the moment, all the art is on the wall.

This is the latest entry.

Every 30 days, the waddling ducks would return to their place of birth to pay respects to their parents and when it was their time to lay eggs, they also made the same journey. Such was a morning when the girl spotted them, making their monthly pilgrimage of 2 days and 2 nights. It was a wonderous sight of slow waddling, between sure footing and unsure footing, but pregnant with love and honorable virtues.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/29-Jan-2013/86669-gp10_-_small.jpg

This painting was inspired by the morning light I saw after I dropped off my son at the bus stop and then of course, the day before, I was complaining about waddling with my poor leg.

In my blog entry The Long Road (http://www.wretch.cc/blog/gakinme/9103919) I wrote, "There are three times you waddle like a duck. When you are a toddler and learning to walk - that's called toddling mostly, but same motion. When you are carrying babies in the 8th month and are too heavy and out of balance, happened to me 3 times. And when you are sick and weak on your legs. Crap. At my cancer support group, everyone has cancer only in their 60's. I'm too young to have cancer and to die in my beginning 50's. This really is a crappy deal."

Oil pastel - Holbein, Neopastel, Sennelier

I've sold all my soft pastels, markers and it looks like no one is buying my big sets of oil pastels. I'm in a way glad that I am stuck with them because the vibrant colors on black velvet boards is always so inviting.


Here's my draft on a 5x7 inch black sketchbook with Prismacolor pencil. I like the expressions of the ducks on this one. With colored pencil, one could be much more exact.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/29-Jan-2013/86669-gp_10_colored_pencil_draft_small.jpg

Pat Isaac
01-29-2013, 07:34 PM
This is a wonderful story and I hope that it can continue. i applaud your stength and courage and wonderful outlook. It is crap and I have a former student of mine who just found out she had cancer at age 33 with 2 babies. She is like you with the snese of humor and carrying on. She is writing a blog called "Oh Crap it's Cancer" Blessings and prayers to you both.

Pat

SammyH
01-29-2013, 09:54 PM
Sandra, I have enjoyed your creative stories and colorful, imaginative paintings.