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My friend’s paintings


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Today I have visited  a watercolors exhibition. There were paintings by a friend of mine who suffers of a severe rheumatoid arthritis with important deformations in her joints. In spite of her illness and that she needs help to walk and move (she has a special vehicle for handicapped people), she travels and works a lot in her paintings. She has learned with great teachers and now can make a living with her paintings and teaching others in her study.

In this exhibition she displays sixty watercolors with a wide variety of themes. The best thing: she sells her paintings!.

I like a lot how she captures the water in her sea landscapes and her waterfalls and the variety of greens in her forests. I love her urban landscapes.

I know her since we were very young. I remember when her illness began, and when it became so serious she had to quit her job as a clerk in a big firm. It was a drama. She was devastated.

I admire her because she was able to overcome all that and her illness through her art. It was not easy. She put a lot of effort. Above all to move around being so sick. But her determination has been stronger than her pain and she has become a pretty known painter in our region.

Ready, Set, Done.


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Journalist. In my fifties. I've worked for 26 years in a newspaper in Spain. I worked for two years as a stringer and correspondent in the US, and went as a special envoy to other places like the Balkans. Sea lover. Avid reader. Classic Music enthusiast.

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    • …and she’s always so cheerful and ready to help other,s to overcome their dificulties…


      • Sounds like a person I would really admire if I knew her in person. I think it’s her experience she gathers her strength from and thus she knows how to advice others. She knows it’s possible to deal with it, whatever it might be..

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