Sunday, January 12, 2014

Sunday!

One of the benefits of having to convalesce is that you get to spend quality time with whatever books or  movies you want...without really feeling guilty. I mean, what else can you do? You're sidelined, you may as well make the most of it.

So...for the past couple of months I've been getting caught up with some of my heros. Before my own surgery I watched the video (A Model for Matisse) and it was there I learned that the surgery that sidelined Matisse was similar to mine! I felt comforted by that..maybe because Matisse is so famous for never giving up and for working from his bed and his wheelchair. He didn't let a little harrowing ordeal like colon surgery stop him from creating.

Of course, no misunderstanding, I am not trying to 'align' myself with Matisse!  Matisse was a genius, he had much worse problems than I do and faced a much more difficult recovery.  Still, don't we feel a kinship with people because we have shared similar challenges? Yeah, Matisse..I get you even more now.

Today as I contemplated what to do I settled on something different. Something just for fun...(something I really have no idea how to do!)...a scratchboard of my 'pal'....Matisse.

P.S....thanks to all of you for the outpouring of well-wishes---I appreciate every one. You are THE BEST!

Scratchboard, Celeste Bergin 5x7, Matisse, scratched out ink on gessoboard


19 comments:

art by Michael Perchard said...

Matisse is in good company Celeste! You!
Rest. Do nothing. Rest again!
Get well. So sorry all this time I didn't know you were ill. Amazing how art and blogging can bring people together. You are the best. I know you will make the best of your recovery time. I think making art will help heal!
Take care Celeste and thank you for sharing so much.
Your concerned dear art buddy!
Michael

Julie Ford Oliver said...

What fun to do something different.I happen to like the guy you picked to do. You are in good company He didn't let anything stop his art.
Good to hear you sounding so upbeat.

mary maxam said...

I agree with Michael, Matisse is in good company! Rest and take care. Meanwhile this is just like all the pics I've seen of Matisse and scratch board is such a fun change.

Linda Popple said...

It is wonderful to know that we are not alone. There is something comforting in that. You share so much and I know there will be someone that will also take comfort and gain courage from your words. As Michael said "that art will help heal!" I know that is true.

Helen Moreda said...

Celeste, just indulge. And have fun creating what you can. We all support you.

hmuxo said...

Wow! This is different for you, Celeste! I love it! I've never tried scratchboard but you did an amazing job with Matisse... but most important.. I hope you're feeling better and I agree with Michael. Rest ...do nothing.. and rest again!!!

Page Railsback said...

You are such a dear and darned if I won't come to Portland and meet you this year Celeste. Yes..You and Matisse..great artists ..Heal blog amiga. I learned a couple of years ago how precious blog friends are.

Brenda Boylan said...

Oh, Celeste! I just dropped by to see what is up with my blogger friend and now I'm glad to read of your positive recovery! Hoping you will be well soon cuz we miss you at O"Connors B-fast meetings!
Be well!

Tina Collins said...

Best of luck with your recovery Celeste, artists are lucky that they are never bored even if they cant move far. Good luck for 2014, thanks for the blog and great scratchboard of Matisse.

CrimsonLeaves said...

What a dashing Matisse!

Libby Fife said...

That turned out well! Something about the two tones always looks great! So simple and effective.

Glad you are feeling better. And we do empathize with those who have had similar experiences, even if they are Matisse!:)

Carol Hopper said...

I think you are doing the best thing you can possibly do for yourself. Touching base with those of us who love and care about you, resting, and staying in touch with your artistic soul. It is possible your art may even shift a bit over time of healing.

Lisa Graham Art said...

Well Celeste, I am sorry to learn of your health troubles! I had no clue. You are looking well though (your previous photo) which is comforting.

Yes...you just read, watch movies and rest!!

Take care you!

Elizabeth Seaver said...

Good for you for finding a positive thing to do at a difficult time. I am so glad you are taking care of your physical and creative self. Best wishes for a swift recovery.

Blessings,

Elizabeth

hw (hallie) farber said...

Yes, Matisse is in good company, and what a great drawing. I'm sure your cats love this recovery period.

L.W.Roth, said...

Matisse is a dear favorite. You are in good hands. And your hands did a great job on that scratch board. You are absolutely right. There's something nice about being free to do whatever your fancy while convalescing. Feel better and do try not to overdo. I have a feeling you're that kind of gal.

Jeanne Chamberlain said...

Very best wishes for a speedy recovery. Jeanne

Diana Moses Botkin said...

Goodness, Woman. I had no idea you were undergoing all that ordeal. I'm glad to hear all went well and that you are all better now!

Wishing you and Dave blessings in 2014!

Kevin Neal said...

Well, with all the credit we as current artists give to the past masters we can also consider this. Yes we are spoiled by modern inventions that allow us to access all the art and information we want...however we are also so much more distracted by the amount of options available to us. There were far less distractions even in Picasso's time. You can end up with analysis paralysis much easier as well. So many choices can make it hard to focus. So I give you credit for staying focused and continuing to create.