Monday, 7 April 2014

Beryl Cook

A Beryl Cook exhibition called 'Working Hard, Playing Hard' is being held at the Hull Maritime Museum from the 5th April until the 8th June 2014.  I am going to have a look at it this week with my friend Jenny and then have a girly lunch at McCoys.  I really enjoy the humour in the work of Beryl Cook, to me it expresses "the work hard, play hard" ethos of the working class people.   I also appreciate her bold use of colours and the fine brush details of texture.

My Bee painting is nearly finished, so watch this space!

Thursday, 20 February 2014

Blighted Ovum Blues

I'm not sure why I am sharing this with you but I felt a need........It may help others as I have learnt it is sadly common.

On 19th November 2013 I had a Surgical Management of Miscarriage, this includes going under general atheistic to have a miscarriage removed.  I had what is called a Blighted Ovum removed.  A Blighted Ovum is an empty gestation sack, where the fertilised egg implants into your uterus but a baby does not develop at all.  This can be due to a chromosome problem and your body naturally identifying that there was something wrong.

At the time of surgery I was over 13 weeks pregnant and I did not have any signs of a problem until a few days before my 12 week scan was due.  The cruel part was, I was having all the pregnancy symptoms during this time, feeling sick, tired and struggling at work.  During a Blighted Ovum your body has not identified that there is no baby and continues to  grow the placenta which still produces all the crazy hormonal pregnancy symptoms. 

I went back to work two weeks after surgery, as I was glad to get back to work for some normality.  Then Christmas came, including a bottle champagne from my husband which was awesome after not drinking for three months.

Now its February 2014 and the lighter nights and mornings have started to creep in, which makes me feel more hopeful.  Things might happen better next time, things might not, only the future will tell me this.  What I must do is appreciate all that is good in my life, my husband, my friends, my family, my art time, my job (yes my job, I really do enjoy it), my cat, my chickens and lastly time to ponder, sleep in and be spontaneous. 

Going through this experience has made me realise how resilient I am, which makes me feel very proud of myself.

I have a big fat Bee painting on the go at the moment (sketch above), not sure why I wanted to paint a giant Bee but I felt the need :-D Hopefully I will post about this next time.