April Update

Hello there! Has Spring sprung yet where you are? Are the trees blooming there? Have you seen your first bee? Are the birds nesting? Jason and I saw two bunnies playing in the bog yesterday and they stopped and looked at us with big eyes, like, what? this is what we do!

Photography

This Saturday, it is my most sincere hope to be able to attend and interact at the Artist Mixer, April 9th, at Galerie Myrtis, in Baltimore, MD, for the Emergence: Contemporary Artists to Watch show, which runs through April 30th. The mixer is from 5 – 9 pm, with musical guests, Strings and Things. Hope to see you there!

This past month, sadly, I was declined permission by two scrap metal recycling centers, one in Maryland and one in Pennsylvania, one specifically due to toxicity reasons. Hmm. Well, at least I can still go to Tennessee for Industrial Photography.

Also this past month, Jason and I faced financial facts, and we realized that we need serious economic assistance with travel costs in order to make the trip happen in July this year to teach pastels and watercolor painting to the Paiute Indian Tribe of Utah. So I applied for a most serious grant, for which we have all the fingers crossed. Wish us luck!

Painting

While the world seemed to be so tragically falling apart, I was painting the work above, entitled, Scotland: Fallen Blossoms. It comes from the “Muse” section at the end of the February issue of GARDEN Design’s February issue, which featured Rhododendrons. Apparently, there was a frost in this area of Scotland, and the photographer lucked out and took the photo of all the hot pink on the forest floor. Lovely, and profound to me.

Secondly, I created a painting from a photography from an ISLANDS Magazine Calender from last year, of the rainforest in Fiji. I took substantial liberties, as you can see, by visiting all the paintings from this year so far, at the following link to my site:

http://www.amyjackson.cc/paintings/2011.html

Lastly, you can follow the progress of each of my paintings as I am able to make them happen, by reading and/or subscribing to my blog at WordPress.com:

https://amyjacksoncc.wordpress.com/

I’m currently creating a 22 x 30 inch pastel on paper of Georgia O’Keeffe’s favorite mountain in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Pedernal, from a photograph given to me about six months ago by my sister-in-law Georgia Stelluto. So, if you check the link directly above you can see where I am on that.

Health

Oh, my, where to begin? For the past six? weeks? I lose track, I have had daily migraines. I have been under the treatment of a great neurologist for two or three weeks and he has been awesome, getting me onto Topamax gradually and Migranal as needed for breakthrough migraines. I’m also taking Mobic, which helps my overall aches and with the inflammation of the the headaches. You can also read of my daily struggles with insomnia and migraines in my blog, if you can stand it. I am doing my best to stay with the positive, with my blessings and to stay with my creative process, make progress.

Family

Jason is doing well. We are both seeing a new primary care physician very close by now and have renewed health care goals with the New Year. We are so happy that it is Spring and that we can be active. He is making delicious new meals for us each week, which are sustaining us. We are loving the Cooking Channel! The rest of the family is doing well, also, and Chipper has lost five pounds!

Well, that’s all the news that’s fit to print!

Please do drop me a line when you get the chance! I’d love to hear from you!

Take care,

Amy 🙂

http://www.amyjackson.cc

About amyjacksoncc

I am a professional artist, writer and musician creating from my home studio. To view my artwork, visit http://www.amyjackson.cc
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