10. A new day

It's been several weeks since altering my medications and I finally feel somewhat normal. The joint swelling has subsided and I can comfortably tackle painting again. After a two month hiatus it's surprising to me how awkward I feel with a fresh canvas. They (experts) say everything learned is always present, awaiting the need to apply your knowledge to the task at hand. Unfortunately, muscle memory lapses and must be retrained to direct skills so that knowledge can be utilized. There is much repetition to painting and most painters set up their studio to minimize unnecessary movement. Always using your right hand, for example, dictates that your paints, brushes and mixing trays are on the right side of your easel or drawing surface. Getting back into the learned rhythm restores muscle memory and allows for a better flow of work. I've spent the better part of today organizing, cleaning and getting comfortable in my work space while blocking in some base colours on the new work. I'm utlizing a couple of waterfront sketches I completed this summer as a basis for my painting and I hope the vision I have translates into a solid final work. Fall is fast approaching which means cooler temperatures and a more comfortable studio to work in. I look forward to a productive period. Until next time...