Watercolor, 9 x 12, assorted tube paints
I've been in seclusion for the past 6 weeks. I had a bad case of kidney stones back in September, and I ended up in the Emergency Room twice, and was admitted overnight once. I guess the many years of handling these kidney stones on my own (with occasional visits to the ER for pain management and maybe dehydration) are too much for me to handle on my own anymore. So I have a new Urologist (Academic Urology, Phoenix Arizona). After all the fuss, I admit that I feel better now that I'm seeing a Urologist. I still have a stone in my right ureter that is just stubbornly meandering leisurely downward toward my bladder, but I've been pain free for about 6 weeks, and my Urologist is telling me that I don't have to be so paranoid about getting stone pain; that I should go about my usual activity.
I haven't been able to do it yet. During the 4 weeks when we didn't exactly know what my stones were doing, and whether my immediate future would include a lithotripsy, I remained almost exclusively indoors on my days off, rarely leaving my apartment unless we needed to some some quick errands. I've sort of gotten used the entertaining myself at home, and have started pulling out my tubes of watercolor. But I can't hide away in my apartment forever.
It as been a while since the last time I took out my paints. I was saying how I wanted to visit Sedona Arizona, about an hour north of Phoenix. I have been wanting to see the leaves turn Fall colors, which doesn't happen too much in Phoenix. I was looking for cool places to hike, and we plan to visit the West Fork Trail, near Sedona. I ended up watching a bunch of YouTube video's and decided to paint from memory after watching several YouTubers on the trail. It will be a lot better when I have my own memories of the hike to paint from (I doubt I'll be able to paint plein aire).