Mac and I have only lived here in North Central Texas for a little over three years. Now the first year it snowed, I was so excited. Growing up in South Texas, snow only came around every 15 or 20 years, especially the kind that actually stuck to the ground. So every year since we have anxiously awaited for winter to bring us at least one snow event. Last year we were iced in for 3 days, this year between ice and snow, I went nearly a week with out getting out of the house. So, the wonder of snow is beginning to wear a bit thin. I must admit it has kept me in the studio painting but .......
I finished one more painting for Art & Conservation and I am working on one more. I will choose the best out of the 3 to turned in to be judged. I was really struggling with this last one I'm working on and I worked past my scheduled break. So not a good idea! My body felt like it had locked up on me, I had to literally use my other hand to straighten out my fingers from holding the pastel and the getting up from the chair, well it wasn't pretty.
I know that I have to take breaks and I have to get up move around, stretch, etc. to be able to keep doing this. The worse thing I can do to my body is push it beyond it's endurance. Of course, I am paying for it today. For those of us with disabilities or chronic pain, the lesson here is to be good to yourself. Take breaks, lie down flat( which I need for my back), walk around , eat something, drink plenty of water. I know its hard, you get into the zone while painting and its hard to pull yourself out. but it is a necessity. I will probably not be painting today, I'm sure the most I will be able to accomplish is a bit of sketching. But that's all right, I do this for my sanity, and because I can't seem to "not paint".
The old mantra of push, push, push, and work harder; no longer applies. It can't, I have to learn to be gentle and forgiving with myself.
An award winning Pastel artist and blogger, who lives with Fibromyalgia, Psoriathic Arthritis, and Chronic pain.