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2016 My Year in Review

High Fidelity, 56×56 inches, Oil on Canvas, 2015

It was a pretty good year for me “Art-wise”. The La Jolla Athenaeum Annual where I received honorable Mention and Members’ Choice Honors. Two invitational shows at the Gotthelf Gallery in La Jolla and sold five paintings to collectors. Even managed to replace my stolen pick up with another pick up! Nothing to complain about. In 2017 i will have a solo show in Barrio Logan at Symbologist Gallery. Off to a good start!

2015 A Year In Review

This year began with a fab group show at the Brokers Building Gallery: “Let The Good Times Roll”hosted a big crowd due to Silfredo Lao and his Cuban Band and Performers. Very Exciting performers. The walls were adorned with Art from the Brokers Gallery Artists which complimented the Festive mood. A successful evening! Danny and i revisited The San diego Zoo. Not as exciting as it once was but fun anyway.Worked on “In with The In Crowd”,4 small abstracts and reworking  two older unfinished paintings “This ain’t no Picnic” and “Once upon A Vermeer” .

At the same time I had begun work on the cover art for The Del Mar Racetrack Program..but in the end did not get the job.

In March I completed my new self Portrait”The Thinker”.

April always brings a big dilemma”What kind of Birthday cake for my son  Josh?” This year I spent $42 for a Cold Stone  ice cream cake , always was his fave but this time not so wonderful !Working on “Speak Memory” and “My Diane” for my upcoming show.Brokers Open Studio Event.

May 22 My Solo Show at The Brokers Building:”Speak Memory”. I was pleased with the way I curated the work. There were new and old paintings all based on my life growing up in Brooklyn and included some family portraits as well as my own. Opening night May 22, 2013. josh made the sushi for my reception, I baked a cake and there was vodka punch! Good Time!

June: Danny’s birthday! Baked another cake! Rejected from two juried shows :Athenaeum and OMA Alliance Not feeling so great about my work in June. Planning my next painting.

July, My birthday: This time made an ice cream cake and it was better than the Coldstone..also cheaper! Began “High fidelity” a 59X59 inch piece.going well.

August: My friend Judi visits from Florida. we have fun seeing sights and catching up. Friends since we were three years old! She gets deathly ill and I rush her to the hospital. Sleepless nights until she leaves for home. Oy Vay! got hot at end of August and continued.

September: Delia and her family visit me from PA. Two kids are adorable. She always wants to take them to theme parks and so off we go, her family, Jos and me. She and josh are like brother and sister..both only children. Very sweet kids.I am finishing up high fidelity and have been expecting a visit from the director of the San Diego Art Institute about a possible show there. The Poteets and others on the board have encouraged this studio visit.. She came we talked she looked and she left. End of story. I was very disappointed when she never got back to me re: NY show connections that she was going to set up for me..never happened..I am disappointed.Hot hot Hot this month.Working in studio with sweat pouring off me.

October:Group Show”Wicked Art” I get invited to submit work to “The Gotthelf Gallery” in La Jolla! HOORAY!! Theme show”Things we pass down” Working on it.Need to turn in JPEG in 3 weeks.  High fidelity finished.Begin work on”If you Saw Me In Heaven”

November: Working on “If you Saw Me in Heaven.Danny has a solo Show at Brokers. i help with everything. Opened November 13. Band singer two nights and Paris attack opening night. Hardly anyone showed..very disappointing. SOB.

December: Gotthelf Gallery opening.My painting”Hava Nagila” Great success..big crowd. They applauded me when i was introduced..Love “My People”! finished “If you Saw Me In Heaven, would You know My Name.” And the Year isn’t quite over yet..so anything can happen! More Later.

Hopeful

 

A Winter of Mild Lament

So it was a hot hot Summer without a fall Season, we suddenly went headlong into winter and it has been cold in San Diego. nights have been extremely damp and chilly, Yes we always have a winter but not such a drastic change in just a few days.

Last warm week i started pool exercise classes. so much fun and planned to return, even bought a new bathing suit, which i have yet to wear. My swim buddy has now had a cold for the past week and last night i came down with it. Oh yes how could i forget the biggest downer of the day: Went to see an endodontist yesterday to determine the fate of a tooth that I had tended to in T.J. and guess what? They butchered the job (twice) and now I have to have it extracted. I trust this endodontist and know if he was sure he could save it he would but according to him it would be unkind to put me through another root canal as he fears it would be unsuccessful because of the state the other two yahoos have left it in. I am so heartbroken over losing this part of me and angry at the B.S. the T.J. dentist fed me about the discomfort taking at least six months to subside! Ha! It has been two years and after too many trips to his office this is the topper offer So good bye molar. Los the one infront of it several years ago as well as the one above. Need an implant really two which should be about $4000 each with the crown.

The exam yesterday with high tech x-rays was $405 and the extraction could be $500 and then where the heck will i get the cash for the implants and crowns? I blame my childhood family dentist, my bad eating habits as a child and having not enough money to afford proper and  regular dental care. This is the pits.

i better get over this cold/sinus infection pronto. i have to go to an Art opening tinight. where i must refrain from breathing on anyone ..hugging and kissing is definitely verboten!

Over and out,

Grunpy

 

New Day

My website host has made it impossible to add new work to my website. After three hours of trying my own ability to do this, followed by calling them and chatting on line for 1 hour, I give up. This person on the other end of this chat could not comprehend what the heck I was doing. so I chatted on bye.

How The Grinch Stole Christmas This Year

How The Grinch Stole Christmas This Year

It all started Christmas Eve. I was recalling all the wonderful Crhistmasses I had enjoyed as a child . Even though we are Jews we had Christmas at our house. Everything but the Tree. Stockings were hung and we anxiously awaited Santa Claus..waking just after dawn to rush down stairs to see all that santa had left us. I always wondered how he got in since we had no fireplace..but no matter it was fabulous and magical. Thanks Mom and Dad.

I continued this tradition with my own child.

Yesterday I started feeling down since I had received a call from my son and his intended had left him for another and with my ring that i had given to him for her as an engagement gift followed by the Face book message from my brother announcing his impending death.He lives alone in New york and is dying from cancer. We are not on good terms. My mom died five years ago and he has appointed himself as her sole heir to all that she owned. as a result we are not really speaking much. 

Having no plans to buy gifts or receive any due to my long periods of poverty, I was feeling preety depressed. On top of everything else on the final two nights of Chanukah, I was down to only three chanukah candles and could not afford to use the food money for such frivolities. Living alone with my Christian Scientist boyfriend who celebrates no holidays even birthdays..It’s true that he is as broke as I am but I believe he does not understand my feelings at this time of year. He is trying but says..”We can’t afford it.”  His daughter paid for the movie and gave him some cash for Christmas. Last night his buddy came over and he said”Honey we’re going to get you those running shoes you wanted tomorrow”. Today he asked me twice how much will they cost”Whew..that much..gee..uh..”.but he got me the shoes anyway..so I guess he does understand my feelings afterall. He’s quite a guy! 
On the other hand feel awful when I cannot give to my child..even now that he is an adult even one Christmas and or Chanukah gift as I used to do. and so on Christmas eve we went to our studios and worked. I had not spoken to my son in more than a week since he couldn’t pay his cell phone bill. There was also a flood in his house due to the big rains we had which ruined his computer and his sofa. He had no way to communicate with anyone.I worried about  him. In the evening as we were leaving, we spotted him in front of his restaurant. He was in good spirits and said he wanted to get together on Christmas day. “Facebook message me” he said. so I did over and over again starting at &:30 AM without A reply all day..so we never got to see him..i invited him to go with us. Dan’s daughter was taking us to the movies Christmas day..but he never got in touch..and I never asked Dan to drive the 6 blocks to his house..he had a headache and had to go right home.It’s been 4 years since my truck was stolen and I still do not have my own car.I have made money but it always had to go for something else.

Yes in conclusion I will make it up to my son as soon as possible ( I have two free passes to the Zoo)and to my boyfriend . Tonight I cooked him his favorite diinner and he is very pleased. so the grinch stole Christmas but we got it right back from him anyway in the end.

On The Subject of Angelina Jolie’s Recent Masectomy

On The Subject of Anjelina Jolie’s Recent Mastectomy

More than thirty years have passed since I was told I needed a total hysterectomy:tubes. ovaries uterus and all. Uncanny timing since the doctor who said i must have it  also caused the Pelvic inflammatory Disease I had suffered by inserting a coil, (a popular birth control device of that time). I had lethargy, felt very tired and came to see him. He ran  a blood test and said he found nothing. he offered a prescription for a tranquillizer, which i declined. Two days later i had a high fever and called his office. He was away and the doctor on call thought I had an atopic pregnancy and told me to get to the hospital. they did an operation through my belly button. I was not pregnant but had a bad infection from the coil.

My doctor visited me in the hospital after the operation and told me: I had such terrible infection from the coil that the blood tests must have been screwed up and now  i needed a total hysterectomy,saying: I’d always have pain during intercourse and never be able to have children and they would have done the hysterectomy when i was under anesthesia but my fever was too high.  In any event this was bad news for me i always wanted to have children.

My ex-husband could not have any and we tried for six years , I had all the tests, some extremely painful and then finally it was suggested he have a sperm test. There was the answer. not enough volume and slow moving sperm cannot do the job. We tried adoption and we were turned down because technically we were not all together sterile.

In short, this news from my OBGYN was sad and I cried a lot. My then boyfriend comforted me saying: “I’ll make you pregnant. You’ll see , they don’t know what they’re talking about!” I thought he was out of his mind, what did he know? They were the doctors. Well it turned out he was right and my mother bless her soul was right. Later on I had to see my doctor for a follow up exam. His receptionist brought me a clip board with a formal release for me to sign, she said i had to sign it or he could not see me. So much for the honor in the Medical profession. I went to four more specialists after that. Two in NYC. One in California,a colleague of my OBGYN  said yes to the hysterectomy,, he later admitted me to the maternity ward, and the other three did not agree. I elected to follow the advice of my new OBGYN in New York: Ampicillin  taken every month during my periods. In eight months time, I was pregnant! Had a normal pregnancy ,delivery and healthy baby.

Now this Angelina Jolie matter. They have a new blood test for “the cancer gene”. If you test as more than  a  certain % over  whatever they decide is the norm, they they suggest to take your breasts and ovaries out to prevent these kinds of cancers. Now what if your got the cancer you’ d have the mastectomy then or if this test is a total hoax and you never get any cancer? Or maybe you’d get liver cancer or cancer of some other type. How can they predict everything?  My doctor in New york told me the doctors in California are knife happy collecting specimens for research. This may be continuing, girls look out. How many men have had this preventative type of surgery? I really think it is a shame to cut yourself up now to prevent cutting yourself up later. My mother was a breast cancer survivor.She had a lumpectomy, radiation , etc.Yes there was major side effects from the radiation. She was 80 when it was diagnosed.  Never had any other types of cancer.  She lived to be 98.

Who knows if this new test method is accurate? how can they possibly test their theory without emasculating many women? Know yourself know your body.

It’s the only one you’ve got. Don’t jump to chop yourself to pieces. What’s the sense in that. I hope that Angelina and women like her who have made that choice will recover and lead happy lives but it will not be easy for them. No amount of fame ,fortune or luck can take the place of a healthy body. When you amputate the body goes into shock and their are adjustmentst to make. My heart goes out to these women. I pray that they are not senseless victims.