Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Back at last

First a preview of what I have been up to in the studio:


More on these to come but first news and a few photos.

Well I have recently had surgery on both my eyes and the difference is dramatic. I thought I was just having trouble with seeing close up, but now that I have had surgery everything has crisp edges again and I can see to read and paint. Hooray!

What was the problem???

Well when I had cataract surgery just over 2 years ago I didn't expect the cataracts to come back, and that is essentially what happened.

This is my distinctly non-medical explanation: some cataract tissue remained in the eye when the new lens was implanted and over time it grew to obscure the back of the artificial lens. The problem is corrected by a laser which "drills" about 100 little holes in the tissue clouding the lens and voila I see almost 20:20 again. Almost instantly.

It is an outpatient procedure and I was fine to take the bus home, I spent the entire trip reading the back of the bus ticket (tiny print) and all the signs along the way. What joy!

Here are a few pictures that I took recently of some fall sites or is that sights?

A perfect fall day at the beach and in the park.

Time for a look around...
Grooming time at the pond...
Time for a bath...

Who you looking at?

Mirror, mirror.... now that's better

This little fellow was so cute... 

and stopped to have a good look at me... 

maybe, just maybe ...

no I don't think so ..........
then realizing that I had no food to offer and was off
I have been fairly busy with a couple of projects recently:

First a new website just for my art at 

Second an Esty site to sell digital downloads of some of my work at

Check them out and let me know what you think.
So I gave you a preview of two paintings and without further ado here they are:
First a poured watercolour of a Venetian mask called "Carnival 2"; this one is sold, thanks J
Second a watercolour painting of a statue seen in Italy last summer, I call him "The Professor":

You can see more details on my new art website (link above).
Well it is nice to be back, that is all for today, thanks for dropping by and happy Whimsy Wednesday.



  1. Oh, wonderful bird action photos, Gill ... some of your best in a while!! well done

  2. Wow on your paintings. Beautiful work Gillian! Wonderful shots of the birds. Happy you had a positive outcome on your eye surgery. I will check on the web sites now.

  3. I have bookmarked them for later viewing and they both look wonderful.

  4. Oh, wonderful bird action photos, Gill ... some of your best in a while!! well done

  5. That's great news. Let us hope that is the end of the matter.

  6. Great news, I wondered where you were. Beautiful the paintings, they are superb.

  7. How wonderful that your eyes could be treated and that you have good vision again.
    I especially like the scenic photos of the water and autumn colors and the birds bathing in the water are very cute.

  8. I love being outdoors, the beach, a park....amongst nature and wildlife, it's just the best!!

    beautiful images and lovely art!!!

  9. Wonderful sequence of shots and art. I'm so glad your surgeries were a success.

  10. So happy to hear your surgery went well and the results are worth celebrating :) I always enjoy your posts, and admire your talent as an artist! Wonderful bird photography :)

  11. You must be extremely happy about your eyesight!! You have so much talent that it wouldn't be fair not to be able to see well.

  12. congratulations on your renewed eye sight! i hope that's the last time you'll need surgery! :) lovely birds and squirrel. always amazed by your art talent.

  13. Oh how wonderful that must feel to have your vision back like that! I'm so happy for you. And it's good to know that cataracts can return. Beautiful images.. painted by camera and by your always very talented hand.

  14. How wonderful that your eyesight is better than ever and actually perfect at 20:20 … that is phenomenal. I will be checking your other sites. :)

  15. Welcome back, Gillian! I'm so glad your eyes are now functioning like new. I will have to have cataract surgery at some point, so it is encouraging to read of successful treatments. I love your photographs and your web site is beautifully set up as well. "Big Blue" is a special favourite, but your new work shows lots of exploration and creativity that I admire. It is significant to me that you continue to expand and develop your artistic talent, never satisfied to rest on present laurels. If you are ever in the mood for a chat, let me know :) I head out to UBC on most Mondays (taking piano lessons) though I'll miss a couple of weeks at the end of December.