May Update

Spring has arrived! Yes! Everything is so lush and gorgeous here, we are loving it! I hope the weather isn’t too drastic where you are, with all the tornadoes and flooding. We are watching out and thinking of you all where you are …

Photography

I am most excited to say that Galerie Myrtis’ “Emergence: Contemporary Artists to Watch” exhibition was extended through May 11 to allow for a special event honoring Doreen Bolger, Executive Director of the Baltimore Museum of Art, which was hosted by Baltimore’s popular Urbanite Magazine, which was extremely well-attended and planned, and a lovely event! Yay! What an honor to be included!

Jason and I went for a hike, despite the happy Spring mosquitos, to the Monocacy Aqueduct this past Monday, and out of 27 photos, 16 made the edit, which you can view at the link below:

http://www.amyjackson.cc/photographs/moncacyaqueduct/may11/index.html

Painting

I’ve been fighting the migraines in the past month, fairly successfully, because I have three new paintings to share, which you can see at the link to this year’s paintings below:

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

All three are pastels, Abiquui: Pedernal — which comes from a photograph of Georgia O’Keeffe’s favorite mountain given to me by my sister-in-law Georgia Stelluto; Kauai Cliff — which comes from a photograph from ISLANDS Magazine; and Utah: Shaman Petroglyph — which comes from a photograph sent to me by Gaylord Robb, Economic Development Director, for the Paiute Indian Tribe of Utah. By the way, I’m waiting to hear on two grants this month for a special project to teach painting to the tribe — fingers crossed!

Documentary

You may recall, that around April 13th or so, I sent out the attached Call for Life/Art.  I’ve been thinking about my own participation and creation process for this and have heard from several artists, poets and folks about theirs in response. One way to think about starting your process is to cut and paste the call into a Word document and write a little blip about each subject to spark your mind about each one. That’s what I’m doing, and it’s most helpful. Please do let me know if you have any questions about it and I’ll be glad to help. I’ll be sending out reminders and hopefully inspiring nudges before the deadline next January — this month’s is SPRING! Look around you — a wonderful opportunity to capture the beauties of burgeoning returns to life in all its forms. Just a thought!

Blog

I’ve almost finished a fourth acrylic painting this month, entitled Glass Forest.  To see how it turns out, and to see my other works in progress during the month, musings, and other updates as they happen, check out my blog if you want:

https://amyjacksoncc.wordpress.com/

Health

So the most excellent excellent news is that my 9-week bout with daily migraines has been resolved, thanks to my neurologist’s prescriptions of Topomax and Mobic — yay! I still have low-grade stuff but I can function very well now! Oh what a relief!

I have a new diagnosis this month of megaloblastic anemia due to a B-12 deficiency, and have started getting monthly B-12 shots for the next three months, after which we will check the bloodwork again and see what next steps are. I was initially bummed about this but am now okay, because at the worst I will just have to keep getting B-12 somehow into my system however we can. No biggie. I’m somewhat of a fatalist, we seem to have noticed. Have you? It is kind of funny.

Lastly, In the past two weeks I have had a recurrence of hematuria and yesterday had a sonogram of my bladder, kidneys and gall bladder which seemed negative to the specialist. I have a follow-up with the urologist for next steps on the 24th. This is somewhat pesky. It happened in 2008 and 2009 and we never figured out why. No biggie.

Family

Jason is doing well with his new doctor and health plans and we are happily looking forward to the fresh fruit and veggies at Lewis Orchard when it opens in a few weeks as well as getting back outside for hikes and bike rides. Everyone else is fine!

That is all the news for now! Please do pass along the Call for Life/Art if you’ve a mind to and please do consider participating in any way you want as it’s WIDE open for all — a time capsule of life’s best moments for all to participate —

and please do drop me a line when you get the chance — would love to hear from you!

Take care,

Amy 🙂

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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