Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Patience Is A Virtue.....

Still Dreaming.....

I Bet you cannot tell, Dear Readers, whether I have added any details at all to Saint Bridget in all the time I have been on my "break"! It quickly became clear to me that just managing the essential tasks of each day was going to tax my abilities to their limit. The message was clear. I was going to have to be a "Patient".... and wait Patiently as my body healed! Not easy. Not fun. But necessary. Yet it did not mean I was unable to Daydream.... to add to my wish lists.... to think a thousand times "if only"....! And because everything takes twice as long to do with only one hand, I was really kept very busy... very slowly just getting the basics taken care of. I could not wait to get the cast off.... only to learn how incredibly weak my hand is now! I am slowly (Patiently?) gaining the strength and dexterity in my hand.... but it will take some time before it is as good as new. Even so, yesterday I decided to try to open those tubes of paint... the ones that get stuck tight if they are not opened frequently.... and to my surprise I was able to twist off the caps! I started with the black paint..... it has a large fat cap with a good grip.... and perhaps I could even remember a few places I needed to apply some black on the Castle Hall Ceiling.... still sitting there Patiently awaiting my return!
Ah, the Joy of it!

Perhaps you do not remember me mentioning that 
I still needed to add details to the trees where the hunters are riding.... 
Above you can see it before I added anything.....

And here are the Plowmen, needing details in their clothes.....

And the Shepherds too.... 
the trees and the clothes all need work.

And here you can see I have added black leaf details....

And in the grass I have added some daisies.....

And with the Huntsmen too.... leaves and daisies....
Such a trifling detail....

Here you can see it even closer...
I know it doesn't look like much.
But Oh, it feels like an enormous step!

And yes, I added black to Saint Bridget too....
Outlining her halo, her torch, the church,
 and even the folds of her cloak!
I never would have Dreamed, Dear Readers,
 that so little would feel like so much!
And I am still Patiently Dreaming of all I will be able to do...
as I regain my strength....
Patience is indeed a virtue!


  1. Dearest Betsy, it's nice to see a blogpost from you :)! Yes, patiently waiting with patient, that's a true virtue. It must be hard for you, as a creative lady, but unfortunately also necessary.
    But I think that you've done a good job by painting lots of detials on your Saints, the difference is good to see. I'm glad that you were able to open the caps of the paint tubes.
    And while you're still recovering from your "break", I want to thank you for leaving me comments, despite of the cast and the difficulty it gave you. Try to be patient, so it will heal fast and good, dear friend, I wish you strength and nice daydreams ;O!
    Warm hug, Ilona

  2. Hello Betsy,
    It is so good to have you back and to know that you are getting better. Don't push yourself to hard, take the time you need to heel properly.
    It may not seem like a lot, but the black detailing the outlining really make the paintings stand out. They are just gorgeous and vibrant and so full of life. I love them...and the daisies I think are a lovely little touch.
    So glad to have you back Betsy.
    Big hug

  3. Good to see you are able to work again. Patience rewards. It is clearly noticed how a few paint touches make a difference. I hope your hand gets fully recovered very soon.
    Hugs, Drora

  4. It looks wonderful. So glad your patience was rewarded.

  5. Me alegro que ya se vaya recuperando y ver los nuevos avances de su hermosa pintura, ánimo, como dice con paciencia lo logrará,besos:-)

  6. Hello, Betsy - I'm happy that you're on the mend, finally, but also glad to know that you're being a "patient" patient and not rushing your return to your many artistic endeavors. Those touches of black in your paintings make such a difference! The black outlines add so much depth and bring the small details into sharp focus. I continue to learn so much from you, and even though I don't aspire to be an artist, it's good to know that such interesting techniques exist! My untrained eye just doesn't register these things until I'm told what it is that I'm seeing. I appreciate your taking the time to explain your "process" in your posts. Now I know what a big impact can be made by simple things like leaves and daisies! Take care - I hope that you'll soon regain full strength in your hand.

  7. Honey dont do too much, just rest and get your health back, it will be there when you get better. Im feeling better everyday and Im getting my house back in order I was sick for a long time too but Im better now

    sending well wishes your way
    Marisa :)

  8. Hi Betsy. Great to see you are on the mend. I think the progress in your painting is significant and very noticable - the fine detail really finishes them off beautifully.

  9. YaHOO AND HIP HIP HOORAY!!!! Another Post from our Favorite Betsy!
    Not only Yours, but OUR virtuous patience has been rewarded too! :D
    The added black and the additional details, make a world of difference and the Saints be praised! :D

  10. Heureux d'apprendre, Betsy, que votre main va mieux. La patience est toujours récompensée, votre peinture en est la preuve.
    Bonne continuation et à bientôt.

  11. What a big, big joy to see a post from you... I'm so glad that you're recovering so well - although this will still need a lot of patience. With my sore arms and former surgeries I know a bit of how you feel now - I hope you're getting physical therapy... kneading a soft ball and grabbing into a bowl of sand or rice can be helpful too... But enough from uninvited advice - your little changes make such a big difference! It's always fascinating what difference a bit of black outlining makes, for example the trees have gained so much depth. And the daisies are a true burner! Best wishes for your arm to heal well and soon - and for you to stay a patient patient!


  12. Great post - All good things take time. If there is anything that I have learned over the years, it is that this hobby cannot really be rushed or on a schedule. Just relax and enjoy it. Your paintings are turning out great. Keep up the good work - Troy

  13. las pinturas te ayudarán a terminar de mejorarte, me alegro de que todo vaya por buen camino.
    Un abrazo

  14. Patience is the name of my car - it's a hard lesson!
    Sorry I'm so late - been getting ready for trip, trying to think of everything. The black lines DO make a big difference! And the daisies!
    See you in a little over 72 hours!

  15. The fact that you can paint such intricate detail when you're injured just makes me more in awe of your skill Betsy. The paintings look wonderful :0)