Indefatigable is definitely not me. Even at my best, in my early childhood and in my youth, as an asthmatic I could only do so much and then I would tire and have to rest awhile until my breathless wheezing would subside.

And more recently I really struggled for such a long time with my breathing and extreme fatigue after I caught Covid, pre-vaccination. It’s now been almost two and a half years since I had it, and although I am without doubt a million times better than I was back then I’m still not quite back up to my pre-Covid energy levels, and I’ve come to terms with the fact that there’s going to be no magic spell to wave it all away, this is just what is and Covid has left its invisible mark on me, like it or not.

But I still do what I can, when I can – if I feel like it, of course. Although nowadays it is usually reduced mobility and arthritic hip pain that slows me down before my restricted breathing or extreme fatigue kicks in, so its not nearly so noticeable anyway. I necessarily take my time and I always pace myself, so without question I’m even more of a plodding tortoise than an energetic hare than I was before! 🙂

Ragtag Daily Prompt: Indefatigable

Fandango’s One Word Challenge: Subside


Finger-Painting for Fun

One of my playing-about-with-paint experiments this last month has been to try a bit of finger-painting, to see how I got on with a real hands-on experience in getting a proper feel for applying the paint. Here I was just trying to see how the acrylic paint blends and flows under my fingers, and ended up with a curvy colourful swoosh on a piece of practice paper…

And then I tried out a basic A4 landscape on canvas board, also done in acrylics with only my fingers. It worked reasonably well, considering, but I realise that any serious finger-painting is probably best done on much larger canvases, as the only way you can possibly create any level of detail using your fingertips is to have a large enough surface to paint on that your rather clumsy, blunt-instrument finger-marks look delicate and small!

I’m glad I gave it a go, and I may indeed spontaneously use a finger or two on occasion to blend in a bit of paint as and when needed, but I wouldn’t necessarily try to do a full painting again using only my fingers – I found I got cramp quite quickly, but then I do have arthritis in some of my finger joints so perhaps that didn’t help… 🙂

Ragtag Daily Prompt: Colourful

Brimming With Confidence?

I wouldn’t exactly say I’m brimming with confidence at the prospect but I’ve finally decided on a theme and have just registered today for this year’s April Blogging from A-Z Challenge – yay!

As many of my recent posts have related to my learning to paint as a hobby, I thought that blogging about it alphabetically in concentrated form might help concentrate my mind on keeping up with my practice on a more regular basis.

I won’t necessarily be posting a new painting or relevant image every day, I’m not that prolific so I’m sure some letters will be text only, but I’ve tentatively chosen all 26 words to go with each letter so am almost ready to go, for the first few days at least.

Wish me luck, I’ll need it! 🙂

Ragtag Daily Prompt: Brim


I’ve been having some really weird dreams lately, I’m waking up in the middle of the night feeling unsettled, and am then remaining both awake and unsettled for hours at a time, leaving me tired and confused. It seems I must have a lot on my mind just now, whether I realise it or not!

Ragtag Daily Prompt: Dreams

Dig Around

The thing about one word prompts is that you sometimes get perfectly normal, everyday words that are easy to post about, but at other times really off-the-wall oddities like ‘intransitive‘… Hmm… I suppose I could dig around to find something that works after a fashion, or I could just give up! 🙂

Impasto Sunset in Acrylics

When I saw today’s Ragtag Daily Prompt was Sunset I thought about trying to paint a bright, colourful, impressionistic sunset to see how I got on – I’m still working out how best to use a palette knife to create the impasto texture I want with my acrylic paints so I figured it’s good to get the practice in, because I definitely need it.

Although I do find it quite absorbing to coax the textured lines and curves to appear more pleasingly on this 10×12 inch canvas board, the technique is all still very new to me and my inexperience shows. I have no clue how to make the reflections on the water look like reflections on water rather than just blobs of paint on a blue base! It’s been fun, though, something a bit different to try.

I realised a bit late on that I should maybe have started with the sun right down on the horizon with the other colours radiating out above it, but it’s done now, oops! Oh well, there’s always next time… 🙂

Ragtag Daily Prompt: Sunset

Word of the Day: Working

Fandango’s One Word Challenge: Absorb