The holiday season is upon us...dare I say it- CHRISTMAS. Most of us are planning Christmas celebrations, dinners, and parties, mapping out our travel routes to be with family/friends, and shopping for gifts.
What so many of us don't understand, is that there are numerous people struggling to make ends meet, or just trying to survive during the holiday season (and the rest of the year).
Each year at this time I try to donate to charities that help the less fortunate. I don't have a lot of money, so this year I came up with the idea..."Take it, if you need it". I live in a cold country, freezing temps, high winds, ice and snow, (in winter), so I am knitting hats and scarves that I will leave in random locations around my city, for those in need. If you don't knit, you can buy hats, scarves and mittens at dollar stores, and randomly place them around your town.
In a warm climate you can "donate" weather appropriate items.
Don't forget to add a note, "Take it if you need it".
Summer draws to a close, Beep and I have had a very artsy one.We have studied art history, genres and colour theory. We have been inspired by great artists, and experimented with our own style. We have thrown caution to the wind, and painted from our heart and soul. It's been fun, and I have had the privilege of guiding and watching a young artist in the making.
Textured acrylic on canvas by Beep.
Meet the artist... Beep, my eleven year old granddaughter.
We have one project left to enjoy, have fun with, and complete...a Jackson Pollock inspired canvas.
It can happen all of a sudden..... Blurred vision, loss of color vision, pain when you move your eye(s), trouble seeing to the side, a hole in the center of your vision, flashing lights, and blindness in rare cases.
It’s a common condition of relapsing/remitting multiple sclerosis called optic neuritis
If you have MS, heat can make optic neuritis symptoms flare up -- usually after a hot shower, exercise, fever, a bout of the flu, or the weather. We are having record heat temperatures here, days of 35C-43C, that's 95F-109F, and my optic neuritis has flared.
For those who follow my blog, you know, I have started painting again, as well as mentoring my granddaughter Beep. So....I was really pissed off upset last week when the optic neuritis reared it's ugly head. But, I am not going to let multiple sclerosis beat me!
I decided to paint in black and white, with shades of grey.
The world still looks beautiful to me.
Beep loves this one, and wants to paint one just like it!
I used to be an artist. I used to paint. I made my living with my paintings. Then one day, I sat down to paint, my hands trembled, and my eyes played tricks on me. There was something seriously wrong! I went to my doctor. A few months later, after many tests..."they" gave me the answer, you have Multiple Sclerosis. My painting days were over. I took up photography, I could still make pictures. I was happy with that, but not content.
I haven't painted for 7 years since the diagnosis. A couple of weeks ago, I bought a canvas, and some paint. I retrieved my brushes that I had tucked away lovingly...all those years ago.
I sat down and I painted, I painted this. Not a masterpiece by any stretch of the imagination. Nothing like I used to do...but it's a start, and for someone that has intention tremors, and vision problems, (blurred and often double vision), it's not half bad.
A small triumph.
I am taking time out from my photography blog to paint. I am also teaching my granddaughter to paint, she spends her summer school vacation days with me.
So for now, I will not be posting much on this blog.