Sanity through wood burning!

So if you have read my previous post you know that I’ve been under the weather for a bit now. The saga still continues and hopefully I’ll get test results soon and be able to move forward from this current situation. That being said, being isolated at home most of the time and trying to maintain some sanity I’ve been busy wood burning. Loving the new type of art and it’s a little easier on my brain when I can’t focus on mixing colours of paint. Most of the pieces are sold but there are a couple of treasures available. I’ll be burning more pieces so if there is something you’re looking for, don’t hesitate to drop me a message.

Hope these bring a smile to your face, inspire you to get outdoors and live a life full of passion.

4×11 Male climber – SOLD

5X8 Mountain biker – SOLD

4×13 Male Climber – SOLD

4×13 Female climber – SOLD

4X13 Female Climber – SOLD

5×8 Mountain biker – SOLD

5×13 Male climber – SOLD

4×13 climber – Currently available

9×13 Climbers – SOLD

13×9 Mountain bikers – SOLD

4×11 Male climber – SOLD

5×8 Boulderer – SOLD

13×9- The Mechanical – Mountain bikers – Currently available

10×10 Boulderers – SOLD

4×11 Female climber – SOLD

9×4 Mountain biker – SOLD

13×9 Mountain biker – SOLD

10X10 Runners – SOLD

10×4 Triathlon – SOLD

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One minute at a time!

First of all, I’d like to wish everyone a Happy New Year! I hope the holiday season was filled with love and laughter and that 2017 has started off well.

img_6633Secondly, I would like to thank everyone that ordered a Christmas ornament in 2016. It was truly a privilege to be asked to do such sentimental pieces and know that my heart/art is in so many homes for years to come…unless of course, the Christmas tree got knocked over and well…it didn’t end well for the ornament. There is always a photo of it on my computer ūüôā

img_6571The Christmas season was a busy one for me. It was filled with a lot of ornament painting…which I love and as much time as possible with my husband and dear friends. The ornaments were a huge success and with the support of Freewheel Cycle in Dundas also selling my little treasures it was an incredibly busy season.

I haven’t quite been motivated to do a recap of 2016 since the end of 2016 was a bit epic and well I’ve been sick ever since. There hasn’t been much energy for my writing but I’ve put what functional time I have into painting.

So the long and short of it is no one knows what exactly is wrong. I ended up feeling ill after riding my bike trainer for a very easy one hour on December 26th. By December 28th I was in the hospital with chest pain, vomiting, nausea from hell and an endless amount of stomach acid that felt like I swallowed a bottle of muriatic¬†acid along with a variety of other issues. Discharged that day from the hospital with the ‘it might be the flu’ answer back home I went. Days later, losing my mind from becoming more ill it was a trip to my family doctor. I pretty much had a meltdown in his office. Weak from not being able to eat because of the nausea and stomach acid which also made sleeping impossible, my chest felt like it was in between a vice grip and my spirit was pretty broken.

Through the discussions¬†with my doctor there was the thought of an anxiety attack which wasn’t letting up and perhaps the H pylori (a bacteria that can live in the gut and cause a lot of stomach acid issues) may have returned since my first exposure to it in 2014. Back home I went with some anti-anxiety medication and antacids.

Each day showed little improvement other than the anti-anxiety meds made me groggy and foggy. At times I just broke down crying, exhausted from what seemed like an endless ordeal. I didn’t feel anxious, I felt completely broken. More trips to the doctors, more meds along with antibiotics which sent me spiraling into an even more sick and dysfunctional world, I began trying to live one minute at a time.

Each minute has been a roller coaster of highs and lows. Seconds of not being nauseous bringing brief moments of happiness were squashed with minutes of hovering over a toilet and being helped back to bed by my incredible husband. At times I thought if this was anxiety…this is f*cked! Each day has been a battle to get to medical appointments since the worst parts of my day start at about 4 a.m. and don’t let up until the afternoon. More tests are to come and hopefully at some point there will be answers and some solutions.

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Painted Rock – Glacier National Park. Acrylic – SOLD

There were times that I truly felt that lying in bed was making me insane so I went to my easel and worked on paintings that brought me warmth and happiness. There are tears mixed in the paint of these pieces and they¬†were tears of gratitude for being able to at least pursue ¬†one¬† of my passions and have periods of happiness. These were also times that helped me keep my mind from spiraling down a road of …is the cancer back? Most cancer survivors would tell you that the fear never really leaves and being this ill certainly took my mind to dark places.

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Algonquin Winter. Acrylic – SOLD

So these days I spend most of my time at home with the occasional jaunt out with my husband to an appointment or a casual walk. Exercise and extended conversations with people are not options. Watching ‘how to’ paint videos, talking to my ever-so-patient and understanding husband and brief periods in front of my easel are the few things that top up my drained spirit so I have some ammunition when the battle gets fierce.

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Algonquin sunset. Acrylic – SOLD

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Wood burning. Mountain biker. 6×8. Comes with key hooks. (Currently available)

I’ll keep you posted on what develops. Until then, I’ll post up each of my paintings that have been completed and if you have any interest in purchasing one (except these ones since they’ve all gone to new homes)…yay…don’t hesitate to contact me.

 

 

 

 

 

As it was said in Kung Fu Panda…”Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery and today is a gift…that is why it is called the present.”

 

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Yes Virginia….there really are more ornaments!

Here are a bunch of the most recent ornaments completed….just in case you like ornaments! Some of the cycling ornaments can be located at Freewheel Cycle in Dundas.¬†Merry HO HO!

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Another round of ornaments….Belgian beer and contact info

Below is another series of ornaments recently completed. If you see something you like drop me a message by email and I can do a similar piece. Please put in the @ symbol where I indicate it…not the words…it prevents the robots from keying in on my email. ¬†jjmitges (the at symbol)gmail.com or jjmitges (at symbol) rogers.com .¬†I understand people are having difficulty reaching me via wordpress so this will be easier.

Merry HO HO!

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Christmas cards and other assorted papery things

Just in case you’re looking for a unique card…here are some options. The cards are $4/each or 6 for $20 plus shipping if required. The cycling Christmas ones will also be available at Freewheel Cycle in Dundas, Ontario. The cards come with an envelope and are blank on the inside so you can write your own special something.

Merry HO HO!

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Paris to Ancaster

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Non-Holiday cyclists – 2 riders

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Wintery 2 riders

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Father and son Christmas

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Eco-friendly Santa

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Couple riding

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MTB wheel

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Wintery MTB wheel

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Sunflowers

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Birches

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More ornaments!!!

For those that are interested in staring at Christmas ornaments or need some ideas for a gift for someone…here is a selection of custom pieces that I have recently painted and a few ideas from last year. You can also look back at my blog posts last December and there are a bunch of ideas there as well. The ornaments can be shipped within Canada and the U.S. I haven’t tried international yet so I have no idea what the cost would be…you may need to take a loan! The ornaments can also be personalized to give it that special touch.

I’m also doing cards…a limited selection…they’ll be in a separate post.

MERRY HO HO!

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Family dog

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Climbing Santa

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Cycling Santa pulling sleigh

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Male climber

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Winter wonderland

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Muskoka flavour

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Birches

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Skiing Santa

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Solo bike

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Kayak Santa

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Frosty’s home

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Merry HO HO Penguins

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Family celebrating winter

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Downhill mtb

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Weiner dog Christmas

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Ironman

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Cyclocross

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Road cyclist

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Family bird

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Garden colours

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Snowshoeing

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Mountain biking

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Weiner dogs

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Wintery splendour

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Golfers

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Eagle feathers

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Cabin warmth

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Hiking couple

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Mountain view

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Snowboarding Santa

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Female climber

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Cycling Santa…angle #2

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Cycling Santa with raised effects

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Tis the season for hand cramps and Belgian Beer

First of all, my apologies for not posting anything for quite some time! It has been a challenging six months since my super virus but it has also been full of adventure, turning 50 and having many dreams come true.

I’ll be posting about my adventures very soon. Until then, I’ll be painting my seasonal Christmas ornmaents, getting hand cramps and drinking my favourite Belgian beers that are only available at this time of year! If you want a custom, festive piece just drop me a message and I’ll see what I can do. The cost ranges from $20-$25 depending on the details plus shipping. I won’t be taking orders after December 12th in order to complete all the pieces so be sure to get your order in. Here are some samples from previous years!

 

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Any weather will do! Acrylic 12×36 (Available through Freewheel Cycle)

I’ve also been doing some artwork…some pieces are below. Some have sold but there are still some available if you’re looking for an original as a fabulous Christmas gift.

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Sunflower magic! Acrylic 20×24 (Contact for pricing)

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Algonquin Splendour – SOLD

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