Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Male Pose - Quick Study

  

8x10 Acrylic on Watercolor/Illustration Board
Collection of the Artist

This is one of the sketches I was working on just before my eye issues began.  The road to recovery has been slow and arduous, but my vision continues to gradually improve.  I am still unable to paint, but may be able to give it a go in a week or two.  I'm resisting the urge to write a manifesto on gratitude and taking nothing in life for granted ever again, but I will spare you the piety.

I will bother you with the following timeworn observation, however:  It is easy and seemingly natural for us to lament all we do not possess, while hardly registering the innumerable natural advantages that make our everyday lives possible and worthwhile.

I do hope I  remember this message when I no longer need it, but I am afraid I won't.  Perhaps that is just the way it is meant to be.

In any case, create while you can and take good care of yourselves!

13 comments:

SamArtDog said...

Thanks for the "insight"; it's a gentle reminder of grace.

Kenney Mencher said...

Love the painting. The anatomy is very sculptural and the brush work knocks it out of the ballpark!

Heidi said...

Hi David, I'm new to your blog so I'm not sure what has happened to your sight, but nonetheless I'm glad to hear you are getting better. Your artwork is gorgeous and inspiring and you obviously have worked very hard your entire career to get to this point. Thanks for sharing the grace and for reminding us to be thankful for today. Somewhere I heard 'happiness is wanting what you have.' May it be so!

Linda Hugues said...

Thanks for your thoughts. I need to hear it, and I'm so very glad that your sight is improving. All the best.

David Lloyd said...

Thank you all...I'm hanging in there and can't wait to get back to the easel. I miss it so much. Thanks for the support, inspiration, and well wishes!

Michael Barnett said...

Best wishes for a speedy recovery, all the best,

Mike

David Lloyd said...

Thanks Mike!

barbarastroud said...

Fabulous painting, and your thoughts... could not have been more well said. Thank you for reminding me to be grateful every day... I try, but in the midst of life I forget, and your entry was a nice reminder! I wish you the best!

Christine said...

you are so right and your quick sketches are lively and lovely and remind me of the power of doing that...so right about being grateful..I have recently been "revived" and I too am hoping not to forget.

David Lloyd said...

Barbara and Christine, thank you so much for your comments. No doubt, complacency will creep in...but I'm sure I'll never be quite the same. I'm looking forward to doing what I love most, once more, and celebrating my ability to do so more often than ever before!

Jennie De Groot said...

6 years ago I fell deathly ill. In my darkest hour ,I raged at myself for not allowing myself to paint as much as I would have liked and how I had relied on the idea that "the time would come" when I had the time/energy/space to paint. I was almost wrong and I almost did not get to do what I do today. I have never forgotten that anguish and I am never complacent about doing what I love to do. It has spurred me on with a greater vigour than I could imagine. My thoughts are with you and i hope that your sight will be restored. In time, you might think of this hardship as a "gift".Your work is amazing and I have shamelessly used you as inspiration over the past few years.I wish you nothing but the best.

David Lloyd said...

Jennie...

My eyes are askew, but my tear ducts seem to be working just fine. Your story and advice have put them to the test. The long nights can be terrifying, to say the least...when hope has made itself scarce. But I shudder to think what things would be like if it was my very life on the line. It's so uplifting to hear of your triumph.

It is also very satisfying to hear that my work has been an inspiration...immensely satisfying...thank you.

-David

Mary Rochelle said...

I have been an admirer since I found you a few months ago. You are an inspiration to many of us, and know that you are never alone. Thank you for your courage and giving of wisdom in your hour of need. I truly hope for your complete and speedy recovery.