Portrait artist paints a yellow swan gourd, Rasche

sm-swan-gourd--jrasche 

“Yellow Swan Gourd”
7″ x 5″
Available in my Etsy store.

I was feeling silly and painted this yellow and green swan shaped gourd on top of a bright orange polka-dot cloth. You’ll be seeing more of this gourd. Maybe next time she’ll be trying to fly.

On a personal note, yesterday I went back to the opthamologist for a followup, and politely asked for a new doctor that would listen better. The new doctor was great, he listened and looked a lot harder and found that I have pars planitis of the middle eye; “snowballs” of debris blocking my vision – something that’s permanent and basically untreatable. I will have ‘flare ups’ but will hopefully also have periods where it’s fine too. 

I’m actually pretty relieved that it’s just an eye issue – the little bouts of feeling blind while I could see were making me think something much worse was wrong. The doctor called that “after image.”

My vision right now is like looking at a really dirty mirror. So my little flashes of blindness make sense, and I suppose all the glare is because the light is reflecting off the snowballs…

Oh well.

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