Sunday, July 01, 2007

The Lord Giveth...

Riverview by Lori Levin
Riverview by Lori Levin "Waiting for You"
acrylic on paper

He sure do taketh away too. Well, maybe I'm being a bit dramatic but some weeks it seems as the good definitely comes with the bad. This week I'm happy to say I completed 3 paintings and touched up two old pieces that just needed a little love. I would consider that an extremely productive week in the studio. The art was flowing and it was good.

The above sketch and painting was created at Riverview Beach Park in Pennsville one evening as I was being eaten by noseeums. More perils of painting en plein air. I think it was worth it though. I feel this piece captured what I saw and felt as the day was ending. I'll post the other works later in the week. Don't want to give it to you all at once and spoil you.

So now you are wondering what could be the bad part of the week. Well, I wouldn't say it was bad necessarily, just frustrating. It seems my scan last week, the one that was supposed to declare my cancer finally in remission, came back sort of "questionable". It leaves the good doctors wondering if they got the beast the first time. If they didn't it means some pretty ugly treatment for Lori. However, I cannot get too upset yet as they just don't know. I need another type of scan now and perhaps more blood work to make them feel better. Maybe I should have named this post "Waiting". Or perhaps, "GIVE ME A FREAKING BREAK ALREADY!!!"! I prefer the later.

So, nobody get nervous, it's not time for that yet. Basically I've learned to roll with the punches. I get upset for a day and even dance with the devil. However, I never dance long or let him lead. This is when things get challenging, when you are not actively battling the c-funk and waiting. If I am to survive this stupid thing I must be resilient and focus on all my joy. That focus got me 3 new paintings. It's a good thing...Martha would agree.


Susan Borgas said...

Lori I just wanted to say congratulations on your achievements with your work but also wish you the very best of luck when you have further tests done.

Toni R. said...

Hi Lori,
I've really enjoyed your recent works of the Riverview Park. That's a place that's near and dear to my heart. Especially since I can't see it as often as I'd like. And sorry the results weren't exactly what you were hoping for. Hang in there, you're a fighter and you also have a lot of people pulling for you.

Doreen & David Sheppard said...

Dear Lori,
We only met you once but on that occassion could see what a beautiful person you are. We check your site regularly to see how you are progressing. We think your art is wonderful and pray for you daily.
Take care and chin up.