Saturday, 10 September 2011

The Single Handed Blogger



Having loaded these two pics into blogger I am unable to move them. It just won't let me. So I shall post around them. They are the result of some one handed drawing and painting I did in the sketchbook I am giving away.
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By the way I forgot to say that comments on this blog will go into the hat for the book, as well as those on Workshop on the Web's Facebook page. Thanks for reminding me that we need to do both, Stitcher, but only one name per person, please.
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The pics are the result of some metallic watercolours I bought, recommended by Jane Wild, and they are lovely. You can't see the full effect in these pics but they give a great gleam and many work together for a variety of effects. Daniel Smith's Extra Fine Watercolours (got mine from Jacksons) and I will write a full review in December's WoW.
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So I'm back again, using one hand in 'hunt and peck' mode - not easy when upper case is needed. Thanks so much for all your good wishes - it's all going very well, not nearly as painful as expected. Something of a surreal experience, lying down with arm outstretched, chatting to a nurse who lived near me about our local traffic chaos while, on the other side of the screen, my hand was being tortured.
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Anyway, the big bandage is off and a smaller one applied. Quite spectacular bruises - should have photographed them, the colours were great. Arnica is wonderful for bruising so they will soon fade.
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I managed to give a talk in Salisbury on Thursday, which was fun and seemed to go well, in spite of struggling with a microphone and the laser pointer (known as Mr Pointy) in the same hand.
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Clive is great at cooking, but rubbish at blow-drying so I treated myself to a hairdresser visit yesterday and am now feeling great.

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Must go now and direct operations in the garden. I have the perfect excuse for my favourite gardening method - pointing and saying 'just plant it there'.



29 comments:

Celia said...

Try Livewriter. Compose in Livewriter, do what you like with your photos and text, and then post it onto your blog.

The only problem I have ever had is that the preview in Livewriter isn't always accurate, and sometimes you need to retrieve the post and juggle it a bit - but none of that fruitfness rearranging you need to do in blogger!

Penny said...

Can I leave a message for the give away here please Maggie?

Heather said...

You sound in great spirits Maggie and I am so pleased everything went well for you. A gold star for Clive and his cooking - it would be takeaways if my husband was chef. Your one handed drawings are so good and those paints sound interesting. Please put my name in the hat for the giveaway and enjoy your virtual gardening!

bohemiannie! art said...

The metallic watercolors ARE lovely. I'm wanting that book!

chrissythreads said...

Hope you are fully recovered soon- glad everything went well

Angie Willis said...

I hope your hand continues to get better but I have to say I like your method of gardening! Your sketchbook looks wonderful and inspirational but I very rarely win anything! Still, you never know.

jordiw said...

We share gardening methods. I firmly believe that is how it is supposed to be done1 Glad you are reduced to a smaller bandage, good signs. (I wrote "sighs" the first time and I have 2 relatively good hands!) Don't push it. love those paints also.

Stitcher said...

Thanks for the response to my moan about Facebook yesterday Maggie. Please will you enter me for the draw.

Regarding WOW content - please more of the same, I particularly like to see new materials and ideas for their use.

Glad to hear the hand is recovering.

Henna said...

Blogger needs to work on the feature of uploading and positioning images.

Metallic watercolours? I never knew they even existed.

jude said...

Here's to prompt recovery Maggie. Have you photoshopped the bruises yet?

Genie said...

Hi Maggie
glad your feelng better.
the new paints sound good.
Jean

marjolijn said...

Even with one hand you make wonderful things.
Gr. Marjolijn

Erica said...

Maggie, I do hope your wrist continues to heal well - and quickly. There are some things which are just so hard or slow to do when recovering. I am guessing that Clive will be pleased when you are back to 'normal'too! Keep smiling...

Dijanne Cevaal said...

YOu can't keep a creative person down that's for sure! Hope your recovery is quick and that you will soon be double handed again! Please put me down for your give away.

Gill H said...

Hi Maggie
I hope your hand heals quickly and you get back to normal (what's that?) asap. I'd keep the recovery going for ages for the gardening, though not for the stitching! Please would you put my name down for the give away? Gill

Kira said...

You're doing a very good job considering you're one handed! I like the sketchbook pages.

Vicki said...

I don't think I could live without my hand, I would be bored out of my brain, but you seem to be coping well and hopefully it will help. Please put my name in the hat

Gina said...

It sounds as though there could be advantages to being single handed Maggie. Glad all went well and good wishes for a speedy recovery.

jill said...

Your one hand is a lot better than my potential 2 hand... I'd love to receive your giveaway.

textile-alchemist said...

I have found there is something quite magical using one hand and not taking the pen off of the page. I discovered my drawing was far better !! Hope the op works in the long term

Rachel said...

Glad your hand is on the mend, your sketchbook pages look fabulous. Love the paint effects. Please add me to your draw. Thanks

cat in tassie said...

I don't think Smudge will be checking out the pool again in a hurry! (I do miss having a cat...sigh)

Hope your hand is improving and that Clive loves cooking so much, he'll keep it up (wishful thinking?)

I can't see when the draw will be but if I'm not too late, may I be included?

JP said...

glad everything is going well - I'm sure it will feel so much better in the long run

Gill said...

Hope I'm not too late for the draw but I think your sketchbook sounds rather fun to have - your one handed effort is so much better than my two!! Good luck with recovery. Gill G in Tassie.

Stitchety Grub said...

The sketchbook page is gorgeous! Luv it
- Britt in Aus :-)

Jeannie said...

I hope you are healing quickly and typing with two hands soon. We are so dependent on these apendages of ours, especially the hands. The watercolors are beautiful! Take care.

Tilly Talksalot said...

Just had time to look at my current WOW magazine. Congratulations on 10 years. Hoping to use it to get my mojo going again. Kind Regards
Janette

Emma said...

Probably to late for your wonderful draw but please count me in anyway!

Threadpainter said...

Inspiring ... we all need to get back to drawing/painting sometimes.
I have damaged hands from juvenile rheumatoid arthritis and the majority of my work is stitched on a machine, but every once in a while when my hands are good, I like to draw.
Hope you are back to stitching soon.