Sunday, 24 April 2016

Spirals and Diamonds

"Stylized Indian Lotus in Spirals", drawing by Sarah "Sallie" Thayer, 2016

As you may recall, I originally drew this stylized Indian Lotus blossom to use as part of the mandala I created using Datura blossoms (see posting for February 21st of this year).  Although I posted a drawing including these stylized Lotus blossoms, I eventually, through the good advice of an art therapist friend, ended up removing them and allowing the Datura to stand alone (see below, right).
"Mandala -- Datura Constellations",
drawing by Sarah "Sallie" Thayer, 2016
  This meant that I now had a perfectly good Lotus blossom and no place to use it.  Thus, I decided to use it in a design of spiraling sections of a wheel containing copies of the original drawing in decreasing size with a large copy of the original at the centre which is what you see featured in the drawing at the beginning of this post.

"Stylized Indian Lotus in Blue Spirals", drawing by Sarah "Sallie" Thayer, 2016

After I had finished the drawing using various shades of green and white, I decided to find out what it would look like if I used the selection in my picture editing software that causes everything in the drawing to become various shades of blue.  I am not that pleased with the result; however, I do like the fact that the blue version more clearly shows the blossoms in circles of varying sizes as they are placed nearer and nearer to the perimeter of the rectangle.

Now, for the next drawing -- a drawing which would normally be placed in the "Suki and Sallie" section, but which I decided to include in this opening section as well (Not to worry, I will be using a variation of this drawing in the "Suki and Sallie" section below).

Now, let me explain the Suki drawing below.

I came across a delightful drawing (by a real artist) of a seated cat with various patterns drawn on the cat's body as well as the background.  I knew I wanted to try copying it as soon as I saw it; however, I also knew that I wanted to make my own version.  So, instead of all the bright colours used by the artist, I decided to use only black and shades of grey (not 50!) except for the colour of the eyes and nose.  

Before I began the drawing, I decided on the style of patterned background I wanted to use so that I could include that design when creating patterns in my drawing of Suki.  So, since the background was composed of diamond shapes, I ended up drawing a lot of diamond shapes on Suki's body as you can clearly see below.  After viewing the results, I decided to call the drawing "Suki of Diamonds"  -- sort of like saying Jack of Diamonds. Perhaps I could design a deck of cards using drawings of Suki. Do you think that would catch on?

"Suki of Diamonds", drawing by Sarah "Sallie" Thayer, 2016

As I mentioned above, I am using another version of this drawing in the "Suki and Sallie" section below.  Enjoy!



Below right is a blurry image of Rònàn which I captured from a video recently sent to me by his mom.  He is excitedly watching as his brother, Braden, slowly rides a horse around the stable yard. I believe this video was taken the same day as the photo I posted last Sunday showing Braden on horseback.

Rònàn watching excitedly as
his brother, Braden, rides a
horse around the stable yard.

As many of you know, Rònàn was born with Cystic Fibrosis. While it is being well managed at present by his parents and doctors, the road ahead will not be an easy one for either Rònàn or his family. Sadly, this is true for all families with a CF child.  So, like many of these families, Rònàn's family is participating in fund raising efforts to aid in the process of finding treatments for CF that will provide these children with a better quality of life as well as longer lives -- or maybe even lead to a cure for CF.

So, if any of you are interested in helping this family (so very special to me) as well as all the other families of CF children, here is the link:




"Suki of the Sepia Diamonds",
drawing by Sarah "Sallie" Thayer, 2016

Suki was excited, as usual, to see Joycelyn arrive this past Monday morning.  Also, as usual, moments after she arrived, Suki looked at Joycelyn, looked toward the laser pointer on the table and then meowed loudly. What followed, however, was not at all usual or normal ... for when Joycelyn turned on the laser pointer, Suki simply remained lying on the floor!

While she was obviously very interested in the little red dot of light made by the laser pointer, she showed no inclination to move about or chase after it. The best Suki could accomplish was to try to capture the red dot with her paw while keeping her back legs and hips very still.  My immediate appraisal of the situation caused me to blurt out: "Oh, no, the arthritis pain must be worse than I thought."

As I have observed Suki's behaviour in the following days, I have noticed just how seldom she actually moves about or jumps up on anything these days.  I also noticed that when she does jump up onto the seat of one of her favourite chairs, she pauses for about 30 seconds as though she is getting her courage up in order to do something difficult and painful.

So, a few days ago, under the vet's direction, I increased the amount of pain medication I am giving Suki. Hopefully, the larger dosage will start to provide her with some real relief -- maybe enough relief so that when Joycelyn arrives tomorrow morning, Suki will, once again, madly chase that red dot up and down the hallway!

As for me, I continue along as usual.  I did see a specialist at the hospital this past week, but it was just to do an assessment of my overall treatment plan.  It was a helpful visit and I look forward to meeting with her again in two weeks.

As for this week, since there are no appointments other than my regularly scheduled visitors, it should be a quiet one.  I am actually looking forward to having a bit more time for doing art work. Lately, I seem to have been spending too much time answering emails and making comments on Facebook! Too many mornings lately, I suddenly find that it's time to feed Suki her lunch and I haven't even gotten around to my drawing software yet.  



"Icon -- No Greater Love Than This", by the hand of Sarah "Sallie" Thayer, revised 2016

When Judas had left them, Jesus said, “Now is the Son of Man glorified, and God is glorified in him. If God is glorified in him, God will also glorify him in himself, and God will glorify him at once. My children, I will be with you only a little while longer. I give you a new commandment: love one another. As I have loved you, so you also should love one another. This is how all will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”  John 13:31-33a, 34-35

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