Tuesday, April 14, 2009


Well, after 55 years without ever having a broken bone I managed on Saint Patrick's Day to do just that. I broke the middle toe of my right foot..........very badly. It was what doctors like to call an "open wound fracture with tendon damage". Two weeks after having the bone set and the wound stitched up an orthopedic doctor informed me that it wasn't healing at all. This young rather humorous Army doctor of Irish descent put it this way, "The two pieces of bone would need to call each other long distance to have any contact." So, to make a long story short, I had surgery to pin the toe back together.
I think the blame lies with one of my brothers. A couple weeks ago Doug, a banker, sent me one of those chain emails meant to grant those who pass it on good luck, and bad luck to those who don't. As you may have already guessed, I failed to send the email on.

This week I'm back in my home studio after two weeks convalescent leave. I still can't drive or walk very far. So, in order to be productive, I'm sitting at my kitchen table doing watercolors and a series of pencil portraits.

Here's a sampling.
And yes, you may want to consider sending on those emails promising good luck.


Bag Blog said...

Ouch! A broken toe hurts like the Dickens (whatever a Dickens is). Just thinking about your toe makes me cringe. Then the whole surgery and pinning thang makes my eyes roll back in my head...How can such a little part of the body cause such pain and trouble? I hope you get better soon.

I love your sketches and watercolors - especially the larger portrait. You did a great job on his eyes catching the glint. Very nice.

Bag Blog said...

By the way, I did four paintings for a Soldiers' Angel card contest - never heard the outcome, but I sent in four paintings; http://bagwag.blogspot.com/2009/03/two-more-entries.html and http://bagwag.blogspot.com/2009/03/sa-paintings.html

David M said...

Great stuff Gunner!

Jo Castillo said...

Sorry about your foot/toe. Ouch!! Your recovery time is being well spent. These are so outstanding. Thanks for letting us look in.

Anonymous said...

Ouch! May you recover quickly this time around and no gimpy-ness remain!

I check here from time to time (miss your more frequent postings from the past, though glad for the reduced need for them) and got a surprise this time - my son's face, looking older than he does now, gazing out of my screen. I showed it to him; he was more interested in the other portraits. I nudged a comment out of him, part of which was " ... I look like I was freakin' miserable, because I was freakin' miserable ... "

I'm still in awe of my son, and his buddies, and you, and all those who've gone before you, defending . . . me. That's incomprehensible.
My humble gratitude.

Your art, as ever, is superb. Granted I'm no expert, but I do know what I like - and this is moving stuff. All of it, not just when it's my son. :)
We need to see what you're showing us, and you do it so compellingly.

Again, my gratitude.