I'm afraid I don't have much to contribute today; unfortunately its been about 2 weeks since I have felt like painting. Having my grandchildren with us last week was wonderful, but I just didn't seem to have any energy and now I am really running on low.. On Sunday afternoon, I came down sick. Of course, every time I become ill, I just hurt that much more. It takes a lot out of me, as I'm sure you can imagine. My fibro and arthritis are in full flare and I have all of these ideas for paintings, but no way can I sit down at my easel. So, I have started a notebook for my ideas and quick sketches, and even color swatches. It is really important to me to capture the mood and feeling behind these ideas when I come up with them. Each time I sit down to paint, I want to express an emotion and capture the wonder I have of nature and of life itself.
I read something the other day about being gentle with myself and not beating myself up over what I have no control over. It is easier said than done, but I am trying to look at new ways that I can still feel somewhat productive. Painting and writing help me feel as if I'm doing something, hopefully to help and bring joy to others. I may not be able to do everything I want to, but I can do something, Keep trying!
An award winning Pastel artist and blogger, who lives with Fibromyalgia, Psoriathic Arthritis, and Chronic pain.