Today is day #17 of the Great Pink Polka Dot Mystery. The crazy rash is beginning to fade nicely after using the heavy-duty steroidal creams for the last eleven days but it is still pretty evident on my legs and inside of my arms. It now looks like a bunch of faded circular lavender bruises. Still sleeping about 10 hours a night which is highly unusual for me and am still feeling some muscle weakness and fatigue during the days. However the fever, headaches and muscle contractions are now gone. Still awaiting the skin biopsy results and have to go back in for more blood tests in a few weeks. Bets are still on for West Nile Virus but the antibodies have not shown up in the blood tests as of yet (which is normal for several weeks after infection).
The past two days I have finally felt well enough to begin creating again. My iPhone 5 arrived so I have been enjoying the much higher resolution over my antiquated iPhone 4.
Here are a few of the pieces I have created over the last few days…
“The Place of His Imaginings” was chosen for Pixels: The Art of the iPhone yesterday and was “Explored” on Flickr today meaning it was chosen as one of the top 500 photos out of roughly 4.5 million uploaded photos. Quite exciting and as of this hour it has received over 100 “likes” and a multitude of comments. You can give it a “like” too at: https://www.flickr.com/photos/tjthomas_iphoneography/9008848760/
“Where the Wild Things Roam 1” is the first photomontage I have had the energy to create in a while. It was also chosen for Pixels yesterday: http://www.pixelsatanexhibition.com/uncategorized/tracy-j-thomas-where-the-wild-things-roam-1/
I haven’t spent much time outdoors since my illness with the exception of journeys to and from my doctor’s office. The other day I was going stir crazy so spent the evening in the shade of our patio and noticed the Butterfly Irises had begun to bloom. I snapped a photo with my new iPhone 5 and went to town on editing it the next day. It reminded me to open my eyes to everything that surrounds me even in my home. There is always something picture worthy no matter where you find yourself.
The other day while sitting on my couch I found myself day dreaming about the ocean. I flipped through my photo files from last summer when we spent time down in Santa Monica and Venice Beach for the LA Mobile Arts Festival where I had several pieces on exhibit. I came across a photo of one of the lifeguard shacks at sunset and decided I needed to app it and keep it on my computer to remind myself of that fun trip and the healing vibes of the ocean.
Tomorrow my new iPad mini arrives and I am so looking forward to using it for a little videography as well as having a much larger screen with which to edit my iPhone photos.