Tuesday, 10 December 2013

Poppies in Watercolour.



I do hope I will be forgiven for repetition when I have explained my situation. The health issues previously mentioned, far from going away, have taken a decided turn for the worst. The fact is, they are beating me at the moment and, for the past few weeks have prevented me from doing anything at all. This picture was completed not long after the two previous ones. I've done nothing since. I was slightly unhappy with the last two as I felt that the actual poppies lacked a little definition considering they were the title source for the paintings and I've tried to rectify that issue here. It was the last time I meaningfully took up a brush. I have no more inspiration or creative energy and because of this I am taking a blog break in the hope that coming events will give me a chance to recover. I go back into hospital in a few days so that they can reverse a procedure carried out in the summer which, far from helping, has made things much worse. It's true I was feeling some dis-comfort back in the spring ( "dis-comfort" is a much loved term among health specialists and is used when they want to lie about how much pain you are going to experience), but no one could have foretold my situation as it stands today. Equally, it is impossible to foretell how I will be afterwards. Having said this, I will be back. I love blogging. I love sharing my work and, even more, appreciating other people's work. I am disappointed, frustrated. Furious.   Returning to the poppies, I felt that maybe it would be appropriate to post another tribute to these iconic flowers of the battlefield after all. Not far away, a war continues to rage. The forces of good and evil, oppression and freedom, discrimination and justice, clash and wrestle for ascendancy. One man has tipped the balance in favour of humanity's more positive side. Now, finally, he rests, having endured more than one human being should ever have to endure, having achieved more than one human being should ever be asked to do. You have earned your rest and set a standard for all other so called world leaders.   Sleep well Nelson Mandela.

12 comments:

  1. Nice job on the poppies Kev, love the vibrant color. Sorry to hear about your health issues, hopefully after your next visit in the hospital things will improve.
    Looking forward to seeing more of your work in the future.
    Get well and don't be afraid to keep us informed, people care.

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    1. That's very kind of you Pat. Thank you.

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  2. The poppies are beautiful and I love how you made them stand out from the soft background! I am so sorry to hear about your health, I hope the new procedure will bring you some relief. All the best wishes to you, Kev!

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    1. Thank you Judy. I'll be back as soon as I can. Take care.

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  3. Hi Kev.
    So sorry to hear that you have had to go back into Hospital mate. I`m not much of a writer so this is a brief comment. Your poppies are fantastic my friend, and please God, you will get better and return to your lovely painting again soon. I also liked your words that you have written. Get well soon Kev, and all the very best mate.
    Vic.

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    1. Thank you Victor. Take care and keep painting!!

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  4. Your Poppies are so nice Kev, love to see them, so thank you so much for sharing!
    Sorry to hear about you having to go back to hospital again, and feeling so sick. As you said; you love blogging. You can take this time for yourself to stroll around in all other art blogs -no need to write anything because we all will understand- so that you will have tons and tons of ideas for lovely paintings of yourself when you are getting better again. Ofcourse you don´t have the inspiration to paint when you are in a lot of pain. We do understand that. You will be in all of our thoughts, you know that, even if you woun´t post anything for a while. Keep it up my friend and get well soon! Sending you a big christmas hug from Sweden.

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    1. Bless you catherina, thank you so much! I just need time to get my mind right, it's so scrambled with morphine! Take care and keep painting!

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  5. I had a smile on my face when I opened your blog this morning and saw the wonderful poppies you posted. They made me feel carefree somehow due to the wonderful colors. And I felt so sorry for you to hear about the pain and all these difficult treatments in hospital you are currently going through. I agree to Pat who said: don't be afraid to keep us informed! I like your pictures so much and also your notes because you often find perfect words about life itself and the way how you verbalize it touches me in a very special way. Well I can't find the correct translation now but I hope you will know what I'm talking about.
    Get well soon and good luck for the next treatment! Sending you a big hug from Germany too!

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    1. Thank you Stephanie. I've had so many kind wishes, I will take them all with me. I'm very happy that you enjoy the blog so much. That helps to spur me on to get well again, get my energy back, and pick up those brushes!!

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  6. This is a wonderful painting. I love the combination of red color poppies with other flowers in lavander and somewhat white colors. Sorry to hear about your health. I hope you will be well soon. And I hope also for the success of your treatment in the hospital.

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    1. Thank you for your kind comments Cora.

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