Sunday, April 26, 2009

"Martini Olives," on the mend & studio update - SOLD



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My husband has gotten into martini's recently AND I got a commission to do something similar to this. I enjoyed it so much I did this one. This was pre-rash.

It turns out it was poison oak I got into, which is why I didn't recognize it. The plants look exactly like little baby oak trees, which I assumed were normal with all the Blackjack Oak trees in the backyard. The rash got worse before it got better - it spread to my legs and arms and stomach. And it only got better because I broke down and went to the doc and got some prednosone. Which, is no fun either, but it is making the itching and swelling go down. There were a couple of days there where I could barely see because the skin around my eyes was so swollen. I looked like a monster.

Thank you SO MUCH for all the kind emails and helpful advice. I tried some of remedies, but the one thing that has made it bearable (besides prednosone) is ice packs. Everything else made small dents in the itching, but didn't last long.

I am now suspicious of every green thing I see. Alas.

Oh, and while I've been out of commission, my husband has been working on the studio.

16 comments:

Peter Lee said...

Wow!
I love those olives (and the jar too!) The colors are so nice, and your strokes are so definitive and efficient. I hope your fast recovery from the poison oak rashes.
And I was browsing some magazines at the library and ran into your painting on the Southwest Art, November 2008 issue - "the racing peppers!" Congratulations and it's really beautiful!!

Phoebe said...

Love the olives! Careful of yourself while on the pred, it is a little hard on the immune system. Try not to scratch. I know, I know. See you in Sedona.
Phoebe

Linda Schweitzer said...

I'm so glad you're feeling better! I don't know how you've managed to paint so much and still help your husband with the studio, with all that itching and swelling.
The olives are great! Wonderfully simplified!

Roxanne Steed said...

yow! Best wishes for quick healing! I'm paranoid over creeping green unknowns in the garden, too!!! ...
But i sure love these OLIVES!!!

Bobbi Heath said...

Awesome olives. They look so real, so packed in, yet very painterly. Wonderful glass. Here's to a quick recovery!

Double "D" said...

Another great painting. Very painterly.
Awesome colors and confident brush strokes.

Nice to see you were able to scratch out another
image. OOOps.

leo said...
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leo said...

Glad to hear all is well. This painting is definitely tighter. I actually liked the apple, "Forbidden Love" for it's looseness because I could see the workings of it better.

Kelley Carey MacDonald said...

Glad you got the Prednisone, Carol, even though that takes a lot out of you, it really does the trick for a bad case! Love the olives - we did talk about olives, so I expected when I opened the email there'd be a stack of olives on a silver pick. Maybe next time... or I'll get around to it myself. Please rest.. those steriods are strong medicine...

Jeremy Elder said...

I really like this one. Very nice reflection.

Sorry to hear about the poison oak. I'm paranoid about it too. I stay away from anything that looks like a baby oak tree.

Mark Bridges said...

Maybe you should change to "the Itchy and scratchy" blog. Hope you feel better sooner. I think i have the worlds record for prednosone prescriptions issued

simoart said...

Hi
Beautiful glass full of olives painting with great colors. I wish you a speedy recovery.

Jan D. said...

Carol, the olives are yummy. How do you think of these things? I hope you feel better soon. No more snow here in Boston. It'll be in the 90s tomorrow.

PAT MEYER -- said...

Poison Oak rash is the worst when it spreads. I have had it terribly before and know it can make you crazy. Your delightful painting is just amazing. I think I will go have a martini. Oh, wait it is only 8AM.PatMeyerdailypainter.blogspot.com

Barbara Pask said...

Wonderful job on the olives, challenging I would think. You poor thing, sounds like you have been through it with the poison oak, I'm not sure I know what it looks like either. We are always watching out for poison ivy, hmmm. Glad you are doing better, how miserable for you.

Mary Sheehan Winn said...

WOW!