Thursday, May 7, 2009

Gone for a while

I am having sinus surgery on Monday and feel really lousy so
this will be my last post for at least a week or two. I'm sure I'll
still view every one's awesome work but doubt I'll be painting
or posting anything new until I recuperate.

When I first started blogging around the first of the year it was
mainly as a way to look back and track personal growth. I wasn't
prepared to meet so many encouraging...and immensly talented...
new friends. Now the blog has become a real and vital social
community for me
and I find myself eager to get online each day
to see what new
wonderful art you have to share and what
genuinely entertaining things y'all are saying to each other.

Not only has the community been great, it's been a wonderful
teaching tool. So many of you are years ahead of me in your
process. Examining your beautiful work, reading your posts and
receiving your encouraging feedback has been more helpful than
any art class I could
ever attend.

Thank you all so much! See you soon.


Dana Cooper Fine Art said...

Gwen, I'm so sorry to hear about your surgery. I'm hoping it makes you feel better soon.
I agree completely with your statements about the blog community. It has pushed me and taught me about a lot more than art. I have to say that you have been a leader not only as an artist but in encouraging comments. We will be here when you get back and looking forward to more paintings from Gwen!

Cathyann said...

I feel the same way about the blogging Gwen. Your sentiment and words are right on.
Hope you rest well,mend well and get back with us soon.Best regards...

dominique eichi said...

You took the words out of my mouth. I feel exactly the same way.
If you need some thing let me know . But at a distance I know I can pray for a speedy recovery.

Teresa said...

I hope you recover quickly & feel better soon Gwen. I look forward to seeing your gorgeous work when you return :)

Sheila said...

I'll be thinking positive thoughts for you on Monday morning. Make sure you get plenty of good drugs to take home with you.

I'll miss your funny and entertaining posts but I'll really miss looking at your awesome work. You're the one who is years ahead of me! Just think after you recuperate you'll be so eager to get back into it all! HUGS!

Sandra Galda a Daily Painter said...

hope everything turns out ok!

L.Holm said...

:( Good luck on Monday, Gwen. Feel better soon! hugs...

Holly Zemak said...

Good luck to you, hope you feel better after the surgery.

Vern Schwarz said...

All the best with your surgery Gwen. Look forward to your return, as you make some pretty darn good art.

Mona said...

Gwen, thank you so much for the wonderful comment you left on my portrait blog! I am enjoying your work as well; we are mutual fans.

Wishing you all the best for your surgery to go well and for a fast recuperation!

Debbie said...

Gwen-I love all your paintings. You are so talented in so many subjects. I "met" you through DSFDF. I will be praying that you have a quick recovery so you can get back to doing what you love.

Pam Holnback said...

Good luck w/ the surgery. I know in a few weeks you will be so glad you had it.

Deborah Ross said...

Gwen, I'm sorry to hear you need sinus surgery. No fun, I'm sure, but hopefully it will improve any problems you've had. You will be in my thoughts and I'll look forward to more of your excellent work.

Chuck Dilmore said...

not Our Gwen!
hope it provides some relief.

we'll be thinkin' about ya!

and remember...
we're but a tweet away, Kiddo!

Petra Sohns Didion said...

Dear Gwen,
I send you lots of positive energy and light
hope everything goes well and your break will also give you time to reflect on your journey

take good care for now

Angela Elledge said...

Gwen - You took the words right out of my mouth...who would have thought a community could be built with a little machine that sits in our laps. This blogworld has opened doors, formed friendships, shared lessons, and encouraged us beyond our wildest dreams; thank you so much for saying it just so.

You are in my thoughts and prayers and I wish you a healthy and speedy recovery. I look forward to seeing more beautiful paintings from you when you're back after all that rest! Take care, Angela

Kim VanDerhoek said...

I hope you have a speedy recovery and are back to painting very soon!

BTW - your painting for the DSFDF challenge turned out beautifully!

Elizabeth Seaver said...

You express well the discoveries I have been making about the online art community. We will miss you and look forward to the day you can come back to play!

Cheryl Anderson said...

Gwen, I hope everything goes well and that you're back at it sooner than you think! Take care, Cheryl

Edward Burton said...

Hi Gwen, I'm very sorry to hear that you are feeling so lousy. I hope your surgery goes smoothly and that you feel a lot better very soon. Take care.

Dean H. said...

Here's hoping for a speedy recovery, Gwen. I will look forward to when you're posting once again.
God Bless,

r garriott said...

Wishing you a speedy recovery and relief from sinus agony! Get well soon, we'll miss your posts.

labrown said...

Wishing you a speedy recovery Gwen!

Jala Pfaff said...

Good luck. "Sinus surgery"--shudder.

I feel the same way about blogging. Sitting down to go blog-visiting and catch up w/ blogger buddies is such a pleasure.

Dean Grey said...


I hope your sinus surgery leaves you breathing much better as the end result.

Recuperate quickly and return to your blog soon!

We'll be waiting here until you do.

All the best!!


Ramesh Jhawar said...

I totally agree with your words,Gwen!I made so many new friends and am learning so much from so many talented painters thanks to blogging.
Wishing you all the best for your surgery.Take good care of yourself.I'm looking forward to seeing your posts and comments soon!
Best regards.

Peter Lee said...

Good luck with your surgery and wish you a fast recovery.
It's been real pleasure to check your paintings and hope to see them back soon.
By the way, your Oh! Taxi looks fabulous!

Camille LaRue Olsen said...

Gwen I just saw this about your surgery - ouch! I am so sorry. The things you said about the artist community are true and I relate to those same feelings every day. Thanks for being one of the people I've enjoyed "meeting" the most. Get well soon.

Gary Keimig said...

Hope you have a real speedy recovery and please do what ever the Doc says to aid in that. I know so many folks who tried taking shortcuts sand it just doesn't work
God bless,

Karen Bruson said...

Gwen, Good luck with your surgery. Hope you are up and painting again real soon.

Chuck Dilmore said...

still sending
the most healing vibes.


Jill Berry said...

So Sorry to hear that you are down with surgery.
I feel the same way about this blogging family. It has become a real source of inspiration, learning, and fun for me.
Take care of yourself.