Saturday, March 5, 2011

Upon being a Patient

The Patient, oil and collage on canvas, 50 x 60 cm

A reflection upon being a patient for surgery.

Well, I'm finally back after a difficult couple of months. Spent some time in hospital and have taken my time over convalescence, which i guess is still on-going, to be completed in two weeks time at a beach resort on the mainland (as we Taswegians call the large island to our north). The operation was a complete success, though the recovery long and messy.

So this is my first painting and my first blog post for quite long while.

Though I am chiefly looking forward to getting round all my bloggy friends to see what you've been working on in my absence. Please bear with me if this takes a little time and sorry i haven't been able to keep in touch as much as i wished to.

33 comments:

  1. Glad you're back and well on the way to recovery, Harry. Enjoy your beach sojourn!
    Regards, Richard

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  2. Harry,

    I hope your recovery time is as short as possible. Welcome back, The painting is great as always!

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  3. As i also wrote on FB, i am so glad you're back Harry and that the surgery was a succes.
    And the painting is a bit scary, i can feel it, but it's awesome as well. The light on the scared face, the minimum subtle red that glows in the dark and the blue.
    Yes, i have missed you, and enjoy this new post and painting.

    Sweet greetz and a hug, Monica

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  4. Welcome Back Harry!
    I was REALLY beginning to worry about you and your recovery. You can't imagine the relief many of us share with your return.
    And your painting is fantastically wonderfully expressive and meaningful and well...I'm certain I speak for all of your followers when I say we missed you, we missed your creativity and wonderful expressions of your feelings.
    I could go on and on, but just know how much you've been missed and how glad we all are to have you back.
    Sincerely,
    Gary.

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  5. So glad the surgery was a success and you are recovering well - by the sea, I hope, as nothing is better for healing :) You were missed! Return when you feel back to yourself but don't push it.

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  6. Harry, salutes!
    it's great to see you back, and bringing the good news! complete success and 'patience' in recovery; which is the the second part of the solution !
    And this screen is amazing as always!
    it brings a feeling of gratitude ... :)
    I wish further success in your total recovery!
    a huge hug!
    health and art!

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  7. Welcome back, Harry. What a painting! You have been missed.

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  8. Thanks Richard. I suppose you will living the life of a Bohemian beachbum artist once on the Gold Coast. Sounds tempting.

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  9. So glad you're feeling better and back to painting, Harry!

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  10. Thanks for the welcome back, John. And what a delight to be back and to be able to visit your wonderful monotype landscapes. Your landscapes are places in our souls as much as places where live and paint.

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  11. Hi Monica. Thanks for your support both here and on FB. It's good to be back. You had some difficult patches yourself there a while back. I hope life is smiling on you now.

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  12. Gary, my friend, thanks so much for your enthusiastic welcome back. \

    I'm filled with doubt about nearly every painting i do, this one no exception. Especially when i paint realities not seen with the naked eye. Each one is a venture into the unknown. Each one painted by Braille as my senibilities and brush tap out the movements of my soul. But maybe it's all rubbush. So your support is of great importance to me.

    And what a wonderful vacation youre on! Looks like just what i need. And sussing out your prospective new home while youre there?

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  13. Hi Rhonda. Thanks for the welcome back. I'm having more come-backs than Dame Nellie Melba had farewells, lol. Let's hope this one lasts a while.

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  14. Hi Denise, very clever of you to make the connection. Yes, as a patient i've certainly needed a bit of patience over these last two months. Thanks too for you welcome on FB.

    And haven't you been creative these last few weeks! Wonderful work.

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  15. Thanks Hallie. We've both been painting images from the unconscious, it seems. My funny blue geek meets your red merman, lol.

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  16. Thanks, Marian. It's such a lift to be able to visit your website and view your landscapes! Esp loved your 'Hendly's'. It possesses all the color and life of the beach yet has an eternal stillness to it. A real tonic.

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  17. J hope you recover soon and return to work.
    J wish you all the best.
    A big hug.

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  18. Nice to see you back and happy for your recovery.
    I think that everybody was anxious for you resume to work.

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  19. Yep...
    you havn't missed a beat!!
    Love the painting, glad to see your back swinging that brush, things will only get better

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  20. Harry,

    It is so good to see you back and relieved to hear that you are on the mend! Take your time with your recovery. We will all be here when you are ready to dive back in.

    Take care, my friend,
    Brian

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  21. Harry, I'm very happy to know you are back and recovering. This painting, as you said above, offers a reality not seen by the naked eye. I agree with Monica that it is scary, but I like it all the same, perhaps more, for its courage and honesty in the raw truth it expresses, especially to anyone who has undergone any sort of medical procedure that reduces you to something less than human, but provides an experience of vulnerability and mortality perhaps the most human thing we all know and share. Welcome back. And enjoy the beach!

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  22. Thanks for the good wishes and the hug, Azucena. And wow, i love your Tango painting!

    Thanks Jaime. I'm finding it difficult to start again so now it is more a matter of discipline, of making myself go out to the studio. Thanks for the encouragement.

    Ah, jb, you are too kind. Thanks for positive vibes.

    You are a rock, Brian. Thanks for reassurance. Your own work is going from strength to strength - wonderful to behold. Take care, friend.

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  23. Gabriella, what a wonderful summary of my artistic aims in this painting. Thank you for your sensitivity and perceptiveness. And for you observation that awreness of our mortality is the most basic human thing we share. So let's all be kind to one another.

    Warm wishes, harry.

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  24. Hi Harry---I am SO GLAD you are back! Hooray! I thoroughly love this portrait...does it have to do with ear surgery? Well, that might be too personal a question...don't answer! lol--I am happy you are on the mend and that you will start painting again. YOURS is one of my favorite blogs EVER.

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  25. Me alegra tu vuelta, Harry. La verdad es que echaba de menos tus entradas. Estoy contento de que todo haya ido bien. Espero tu arte mientras te recuperas.

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  26. I am so happy to see you back Harry. I mised you and your paintings ! Taker care of you.
    Olivia.

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  27. Wow, Celeste, do you know how to lift someone's spirits! With lovely bright bloggers like you i'm downright excited to be back! And i'm so enjoying enjoying scrolling back through your FB pics. You are a wonder. Thanks for all the support and encouragement youve given me.

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  28. Es bueno estar de vuelta, Manel. Estoy muy emocionado por lo que su dibujo de la figura ha progresado. Y ahora la pintura abstracta también! Espero que bien mirar hacia atrás sobre todo lo que has estado haciendo.

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  29. C'est beau d'être de retour et être en mesure de voir vos aquarelles étonnantes, Olivia. Il ya tellement de sujets, tous si bien fait. Portraits magnifiques. Et je vous ai reconnu tout de suite. Merci pour le retour chaleureux.

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  30. Glad to hear it went well and it's good to see you around. Hope the recovery goes better than expected!

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  31. Recovery is going really well, thanks, Christopher. I sure have nothing to complain about and get the bonus of having some material to feed my painting. Painters, as well as writers, need the raw material of living and suffering to feed their art, haha.

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  32. Hy , I posted a comment x the "vertigo studio " before reading your lines : we cannot agree more (: , take care + continues your good recovery .
    ciaooo

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