Wishes for the New Year

Wishing everyone a happy, healthy and productive 2014.

Productivity can be exhausting...

Productivity can be exhausting…

These past few months have been filled with physical challenges for me, including not one, but two knee surgeries (the second to fix an unusual problem with the first), anemia brought on by said knee surgery, and finally, a Christmas celebration in the hospital as I faced gall bladder surgery. Many thanks to the kind doctors and nurses (especially my patient wife) as they helped me through these issues. I’m humbled by the kindness of strangers and blessed by the love of my family and reminded daily to be grateful for these challenges, because I am alive and able to face them.

Today, I am feeling considerably better and definitely looking forward to the new year. Excited for the day I can brave the stairs and enter the art studio again, paintbrush in hand, to imagine life before ready surgery, sterile hospitals and modern medicine. While I will always love history, and wish that I had been around to traverse the mountains with the fur trappers, for now at least, I am glad to live in modern times.With that in mind, I once again, wish you a happy, healthy and productive 2014.

41 thoughts on “Wishes for the New Year

  1. Hip-Hip-Hooray – for he’s a golly good fella! I knew you’d pull thru with flying colors!! Here’s a well deserved toast for the forthcoming year of art and friendship for everyone. Good to see you back!

    • Cheers to you too! Thanks for the nice toast and welcome back. Looking forward to learning more about our valued service men and women and their contributions this year, so keep up your good work.

  2. I just kick-started my painting routine after a bout with grief, illnesses, and all the chores that piled up during those obstacles. The time away seasoned me, but eventually I felt a little stagnant. It took a few tries to get moving forward again. Try exploring your other interests and also sketching, watching videos of other painters, or reading about the old west. Maybe set up your plein air kit somewhere downstairs. Glad to see you up and about. Thanks for the well-wishes. Happy New Year!

      • Healing was taking up my energy inside and out, but Still waters run deep, so I guess it was a time to deepen my heart. I feel whole again, and wish you good progress in your healing too.

  3. I hope your recovery is going well after all of these health hurdles. I just finished watching a most extraordinary documentary of the work of Edward Curtis, a photographer who worked during the early decades of the 20th century to chronicle and archive for posterity the ancient life and practices of the Native American tribes. If you haven’t seen it, I am confident that you will be moved by it as I am.

    The link follows. Let me know hat you think if you get around to watch it.


    All the best to you,

    Tom Webber

  4. Be positive, be full of hope…everything will turn all right…Your passion for art will help…and nice people around us!
    (I am also recovering from the shoulder injury…) I know how happy can person make even a small progress…to me being able to write this with my both hands on the keyboard is already a big improvement of my life…
    …like yours being able to get to your studio…Be strong.
    I wish you a very fast complete recovery … 🙂

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