Monthly Archives: January, 2015

Being often ill

so, how do I contend with my various illnesses whilst trying to make art…. well, I have to look at the main ones, the ones that render me weak, or tired, that make me miserable when I feel immobilised or restricted….

The main encumbrances are sarcoidosis (http://www.isarc.ie/sarcoidosis-information/what-is-sarcoidosis) and a spinal injury…. both of which have a daily effect on my capacity to create…

My basic, simple, and I suppose, obvious way of dealing, is that I simply work around weakness or tiredness, I don’t sit for too long, I keep warm and I avoid any chemicals which might irritate my lungs….

I’ve developed a few techniques to circumnavigate my restrictions, and I’m sure working quickly us one of them…. when I’m able, I get stuck in….

I try not get down when I’m too weak, or too immobile to paint, but it’s not always the easiest…. but, after this amount of years, you learn how to deal…

Noisy Internal Dialogs….

So, I have this vociferous internal dialog going on, almost all the time… as I work on some new pieces, goals set, timescales in place….. and all the time the ideas are spinning, the mind examining, and distractions bubbling forth…

Naturally, the majority of this takes place just as it’s time to get a nights sleep, the rest of it, being non art related, and takes place whilst trying to make actual art…

Now, working in the studio, ideas flying, paint flowing, it’s enjoyable, and in the background, new ideas forming, informing each other, all a-buzz…. it’s where the artist (or maybe just me) feels at their best.

I am feeling very positive and creative right now, and my internal cheerleaders are putting on a top class show……