Well, as I'm sure you can see, I have been lax in keeping up my blog. I wish I could say it was because of my busy schedule or a special trip, or even just that I was painting quite a bit. Unfortunately, I have been too sick and in too much pain to even think about painting. I have spent way too much time sitting around and feeling sorry for myself. Luckily, last week was my 43rd wedding anniversary, and when my sweet husband asked me what I wanted for my anniversary, I immediately thought of videos to watch.
I went looking on Artistnetwork.com and found a way to subscribe to all the videos I could watch for a year. It's great., I could subscribe for just pastel videos or to all mediums. I chose to do all mediums and have already taken advantage of being able to watch ones on oil painting, which I haven't done in years.
So, while I can't paint during this flare up, I can expand my knowledge of my craft.
Living with a chronic illness is about learning to be willing to make adjustments to your life. I can make all the plans I want to, and all it takes is one bad day, and I have to start all over again. I used to try and push on through the pain, but I have learned I have to make the choice to channel things in a different direction until I can gather my energy again. I don't like it, but I have learned it's my only choice.
Look for those new channels, so that you can keep moving forward. Be gentle on yourself, and keep painting.
An award winning Pastel artist and blogger, who lives with Fibromyalgia, Psoriathic Arthritis, and Chronic pain.