Posted tagged ‘cancer’

Nebulae

12 December, 2018

Painting with poster paints or water colours is still very theraputic for me.
I started drawing and painting again whilst undergoing cancer and chemo treatment in 2014/15. Nowadays I paint or draw once a week (except in the summer months when I am too busy!) and this helps me to ground myself and focus my mind on something creative.
I call this painting Nebulae because I was writing poetry for my Arturina cycle (as yet unpublished) when I created this picture. What do you think it looks like?
Elisa Choi Ang’s workshops at SkillShare are incredibly inspiring and helpful. Sign up and try them out for yourself!
© Freya Pickard 2018
Have you seen the videos I’ve made about my writing! Check them out at YouTube
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Iris

10 November, 2018

Colour therapy is really important when you’re going through chemotherapy.
The treatment makes you feel so tired and grey. I began to identify with how zombies must feel! So I tried drawing and painting in order to concentrate on colour. This helped to focus my mind on something other than how I was feeling. Vibrant colours really helped me to feel a little bit alive …

When I was recovering, I found Elisa Choi Ang’s workshops over at SkillShare really inspiring and helpful. Sign up and try them out for yourself!

© Freya Pickard 2018
Have you seen the videos I’ve made about my writing! Check them out at YouTube
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This Is Me – peek inside …

27 May, 2018
pink little stoma rosebud bright
innocently gleams in the light
who could believe such pure flesh
could vomit forth such filthiness?
Poem from Insides © Freya Pickard 2018

birthed from the ninth wave
foaming mane, spindrift tail
fertile, burgeoning
Poem from My Mythology © Freya Pickard 2018

to see through a glass darkly, mirror, of course, but what if
it also meant a window, grimed, muddy with mortality
only when you pass beyond, does the view at last make sense
Poem from This Is Me © Freya Pickard 2018

I’ve recently launched my first ever paperback anthology, containing three volumes of poetry! Find out more at This Is Me, YouTube and Amazon.
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Fire

29 April, 2018
When you’ve been through cancer and chemotherapy, colour becomes incredibly important to you.
I carried on writing all through my illness in 2014/15 but I often was too tired to write much. So I started drawing and painting again. I am not a good artist, my skills lie in words. But I enjoyed creating many abstract pictures – I hope you get some enjoyment out of this one!

I was also inspired by Elisa Choi Ang’s workshops over at SkillShare. Sign up and try them out for yourself!
© Freya Pickard 2018
Have you seen the videos I’ve made about my writing! Check them out at YouTube
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Freya Returns with Reduced Insides!

2 October, 2017

Hello! It’s me! I’m back! Did you miss me?
I certainly missed all of you! Life has been unbelievably busy and my new business has taken over my life. I am hoping that we’ve made enough money so I can relax a little over the winter months before the mad rush starts again next year!
I’ve got some plans for this autumn that I’m hoping to implement in-between the daily, demanding tasks that now run my life. I’m bringing back my EPod Interviews in October and December. And I can’t promise anything, but, if both time and money permit, I am planning on releasing “Vintrig’s Throne”, (the sequel to Vintrig’s Kingdom).

Right now, my first poetry collection, Insides, is on special offer! It’s just 99p online this month – if you’ve not read it yet, buy it now before the price goes back up to £1.60. And, if you have already read it, please, please, please could you possibly leave a review on Amazon (or wherever you purchased it) about it? Thank you so much!
I am hoping to start catching up with blogs, emails, social media stuff. But please bear with me as it may take a while. I don’t really have any free time at the mo! It’s lovely to be back online once more though and I can’t wait to “see” you all again. Much love Freya xxx
© Freya Pickard 2017
Have you seen the videos I’ve made about my writing! Check them out at YouTube

Something Positive

2 May, 2017

If you’ve been following my blog for the last few years, you’ll know that in 2014 I was diagnosed with bowel cancer and spent 11 months off work, enduring surgery, including a colostomy and a hysterectomy, as well as chemotherapy before I was able to start the road to recovery.

One of the many things that kept me going during this time, was writing. Not that I could write much immediately after surgery or whilst going through chemo. But writing something about my pain or situation every day, enabled me to embrace the darkest time of my life. These writings developed into my first poetry collection.

Insides takes you not only inside my mind as I come to terms with everything that is happening to me, but it also takes you inside my body as parts are removed and then invaded by the synthetic poisons of chemotherapy.

This is not a dirge. This is a triumphant song to overcoming the darkest fear in the world. If you are currently going through the procedure of cancer; surgery/chemo/check-ups/recovery, you may find this collection inspiring. If you have no experience of cancer at all, this collection may enable you to understand the suffering of others.

This collection has now been reduced to just £1.60 / $2.00 at most online stores. The video about Insides can be found at YouTube.

© Freya Pickard 2017

Dragonscale Portraits – Photograph 20170228

28 February, 2017

I’m trying out something a bit different today, just to see if people like it or not.
I don’t really do an awful lot of photography at the moment, for one reason or another but I wanted to share this photograph with you. I took it a month or so ago when we had snow and Joey, the greyhound I babysit for 2-3 days a week, felt the cold!
Greyhounds are very sensitive to the cold, so, instead of letting him lie on his quilt on his bed, I draped the quilt over him. He loved it!
I’ve shared another photo taken at this time with my Patreon supporters. And there’s another one that appeared in my guest post over at Sue Vincent’s blog in January. Joey also appears briefly in my video Insides.
© Freya Pickard 2017
Have you seen the videos I’ve made about my writing! Check them out at YouTube

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