Monday, August 1, 2016

In Black And White

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!
 
Stay tuned to see her creation.
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25 comments:

David Gascoigne said...

You are one tough broad, Karen!!

Buttons Thoughts said...

It is beautiful. I love your determination and love of life, and commitment to Beep and teaching her how to perfect her own gift of painting. Black and White, for now. More later. Darn hot weather I do not blame you for being a bit ----off. HUGS HUGS and love B

RedPat said...

Good for you, Karen! I like this one too!

Ann said...

Well it's a glorious black & white picture. God bless you in your struggle.
Ann

Elephant's Child said...

Sigh on the optic neuritis front. I have twice now had double vision to the point where I had NO useful vision at all. Scary - but fortunately temporary.
Love your creation - and your gesture of defiance to the beast.

TexWisGirl said...

that's truly beautiful! hopeful, too. :) you go, karen, go!

Gemma Wiseman said...

Such a beautiful painting. Love the foliage textures and the brushed sky like a sun flare.

Lisa Gordon said...

I just LOVE this one, Karen, and I look forward to seeing Beep's version too!

Lady Fi said...

So sorry to hear about your loss of vision. But wow - this painting is gorgeous!!

Phil Slade said...

Good for you Karen. You must inspire Beep as well as your blog readers. Stay positive.

Nancy J said...

Black and white, that can be equally as good as colour,( if you look at any quilt,) or painting like yours, those trees are so delicate and really beautiful.

Bob Bushell said...

What a beautiful painting. I'm so sorry about your illness Karen.

eileeninmd said...

Hello Karen, I hope you are feeling better. Your B&W painting is just beautiful. I look forward to seeing Beep;s version too. Happy Tuesday, enjoy your day!

Breathtaking said...

Hello Karen!:) You are one tough and determined lady. I like your spirit, and your painting. I hope you are now feeling better.:)

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

It is OK to be pissed off. You should be. But I so admire how you translate that state into this beauty. You are so strong -- I love what you've done here -- MS can't keep you down. Sending hugs. Looking forward to seeing more of your work and Beeps. And hope it cools down soon.

carol l mckenna said...

This is gorgeous and good for you for 'pushing through' ~ not easy ~

Sending you lots of distant healing reiki hugs ~ xox ~ Thanks for visiting!


Happy Day to you ~ ^_^

Debbie said...

awwww karen, you have made it beautiful, so beautiful. i am so glad you shared your story and image here!! i came home today, from the hospital...summers are brutal and i try too hard!!!

try to stay well!!!

Felicia said...

I'm sorry you are having a flare up. The new painting is beautiful.

The Furry Gnome said...

What a powerful thing to say!

Dina Lettre said...

Wow...so cool, Karen!

Molly said...

This is brilliant, so very clever

mollyxxx

Haddock said...

And it does look good.... especially in B&W

Stewart M said...

I could not do a painting like that with my optic nerve doing its proper job! I really have no idea how people manage to paint.

Great picture.

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

Terri @ Coloring Outside the Lines said...

Lovely painting. I know Beep is really enjoying learning an art from you. Have a wonderful week!

Denise inVA said...

I am so sorry to hear about this. Hope the cooler weather to come will ease those symptoms. This is a great painting. It's beautiful in black and white and greys.