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Holidays Greetings

As some of you may have noticed, I’m BACK!!!

It has been a continued rollercoaster, with good and bad. I do long for more peaceful times.

I’ve been trying to save a mistreated dog; it,s such a slow process, and I’m heartbroken by it.

My mother went into surgery on Christmas Eve.. She needed to have the veins in her legs unclogged, as she’s been having increasing difficulties walking, and the big toe that was hurt this summer was not healing properly, because of bad circulation. So now she’s had it and is recovering nicely, although she’s weak and needs help with everything. Please send her good vibes.

I had plans to sew nice dresses for Christmas and parties, but probably because of the stress of it all,I mangled the job badly and had to buy new stuff i…

Holiday Break

As much as I love art and spending time at RB, I need some time off for the next Holidays’ weeks. I have preparations to make like a lot of you; in my case, sewing up scrumptuous dresses for all of these celebratory events.

I wish to thank all of my friends and supporters for all thge encouragements, strokes and friendship given in the year 2010, which was a particularly difficult one for me. Thank you too to my cohosts in Fractal Combinations, Jackie, Bunny and Michelle, for all of the help and consideration, and the opportunity for a new challenge here at RB.

I’m also grateful for Bernard’s lovely companionship, and the presence and love of our combined families.

I wish all of my friends here a wonderful, warm Christmas, and fresh new hope for the New Year. Have fun!

GRATITUDE CONTEST PART II

As promised, all the names of the persons who responded to the first part of this journal were put in a bowl, and one was picked out.

And the winner is…

wolfpaw

So dear Peggi, please BM me with your image choice from my gallery and your address, so I can send the poster to you!

Thank you to all who participated.

I still feel very grateful…75% of the pain from my rib is gone, without any pain pills, and 50% of the pain from my shoulder is gone too, thanks to some exercises I was prescribed to do. So I think that I’m healing well…and feel very inspired. :)

A Broken Rib

Just when I thought that things were getting better, I think that I’ve broken a rib…

The pain is excruciating, I cannot bend, or turn my torso, and everytime that I move, it’s like an attack of knives. Coughing brings out the worst.

So I’m feeling pretty low, and don’t know if I’ll be able to be as active as usual here.

Please send me some good vibes. Josette

Gratitude and a Contest

I’m bursting with gratitude from the tremendous support and recognition that I’ve got from the wonderful friends that I’ve made here over the years.

Through hard times, you’ve given me compassion, understanding and great feedback, improving my state of being, continued to give me support throught the changes and evolution of my work.

So, following the footsteps of my muse and inspiration Karin Taylor, I’m making a contest, to show my gratitude to my friends.

The rules are simple, just respond on this journal, and on October 30th, 2010, Bernard and I will put in a hat all of the names of the people who have responded, draw out one name, and the winner will receive a 21.9’’ x 16.4’’ poster, from any image in my gallery, excluding those

Less Presence

I’m sorry friends if I’m less present for commenting and viewing, as I’m in a creating frenzy!

More of the 3D fractals coming up soon!

Josette

Easier Times

Both my mother and I are healing.

After all the treatments, my mother is finally infection free, and is convalescing at my brother’s house. She’s still very weak, somewhat shook and still confused, but on her way to recovery.

I’m feeling better too. Since my return, I tried to resume my normal activities in a slower way, even if I didn’t have an interest in things. I went out regularly, even went to a wedding on a cruise ship, and persevered with creating new works. It took me a week to start feeling some spark in art…And there it is again! I’ve created new pieces, and the passion is returning.

The amazing thing for me is that this is the first time that I’m coming out of an anxiety episode without extra medication; my body and mind seem to settle…

Difficult Times

I’m back from my trip.

When I travelled to Nova Scotia to visit my family, I found my mother very fragile and in a kind of decline. Nobody really knew about it, because she had managed to hide it as not to worry us.

We had to take her to the hospital for treatments of infections she had in the foot and wrist. She had gotten very weak from exhaustion, pain, lack of appetite, and it made her even more confused. She also seems to have memory problems.

She’s staying right now at my brother’s, where he and my sister-in-law take care of her. She’s supposed to have an assessment by her physician, to see what’s to be the best for her about her future.

This has been such a shock for me. I have an anxiety/panic disorder which has flared up and I’m not doing too w…

BALANCE

Over the years, I’ve had many discussions with other artists about this elusive state, balance. Some hilarious, as we shared our many mishaps, others sad…

I don’t know about you, but I tend to be excessive, obsessive, one track minded…all that good stuff! LOL I want nothing more than create art all the time…When I was younger, I used to get into these writing binges, when I felt very inspired…The worst one lasted for 24 hours, as I took only bathroom breaks and ate sandwiches as I wrote feverishly, ending with tears, anxiety and a hollow feeling, as the well ran dry…After several episodes like this, I felt the need to find balance.

It took a long time for a certain discipline to take hold and feel natural. These days, I find balance in varietyR…

Features for January 2010

I have been blessed with these features, and while they always mean a lot to me, I feel immensely touched by the ones featuring my new digital paintings, as I still feel fragile about them. So, thank you so much for this encouragement! :)

Princess of the Tents

Sad in the Green

Sculpting the Abstract Tee