Ellen Cotton

Ellen Cotton

Fremont, CA, United States

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Feeling Ungrateful :(

It’s been bothering me for a long time that I can’t seem to get around to responding to the constant flow of encouragement on my work. I read every comment and appreciate tremendously the time and effort taken to leave them. I wish I could reciprocate in kind and will try harder to do so in the future.

The past year was one of the most difficult I’ve had in a long time, but I am beginning to feel a slow return to normalcy. Some may be aware, some not. My father became very ill a year ago and passed away in February 2011. I had to travel back and forth from California to Ohio 5 times, sometimes staying for several weeks to give my niece and sister a break from taking care of my father and his affairs. This and some health issues of my own have taken their toll on me.

One of the side effects of my health challenges has been severe headaches which affect my vision. For this reason I find it very difficult to look at the computer screen for more than a few minutes at a time. When I do manage to get some work done, it is usually at the expense of other computer-related activities. I don’t want to give up digital art, but it has become a great challenge. I was about to give it up completely, when I recently sold a large print on another website. Now I am trying to do a little at a time and hope my friends here on RB will understand my silences.

Thank you very much for your encouragement and understanding.


  • Sean Jansen
    Sean Jansenalmost 3 years ago

    Hi Ellen
    RB is a wonderful community for support and encouragement. I know with my constant health issues that have plagued me for 3 yrs now have taken their toll on myself too. As for yourself, never feel guilty about not saying much or responding as we are aware and understand. Your work is wonderful and it is something you enjoy. Dont loose that. I am so very sorry to hear of your situation and send my prayers out to you. Take all the time you need to yourself as we arnt going anywhere and we do understand very much.
    All my best
    Sean xoxo

  • Ellen Cotton
    Ellen Cottonalmost 3 years ago

    I really do appreciate your kindness, Sean. I’m not used to being so public with my personal problems, but I wanted to at least partially explain my lack of responsiveness. I feel I owe all the wonderful, supportive people like you that much. thanks again for being here and I know you especially understand health challenges.
    I also hope things are going much better for you lately. How’s my beautiful city of Calgary doing? (My friend from there is coming to visit me at the end of December – yeah!)
    take care,

  • Richard George
    Richard Georgeabout 2 years ago

    no need to explain, just get better…family and heath first…best regards

  • Thanks so much, RIchard. I am doing a little bit better now. I really appreciate your taking the time to respond.

    – Ellen Cotton