12. Swollen hands

I was quite optimistic in my last post, enjoying painting again without any swelling or pain in my joints. It turned out to be a false sense of security as, alas, swollen hands have returned with a vengence. I've gotten used to the inconvenience that comes with my arthritic condition, but it's very difficult to hold a brush when my hand looks like a catcher's glove. Anyways, I'm trying to increase the dosage of one of my medications for a short period of time in order to shock my system. It's worked in the past...so I'm hopeful. To keep my head in the creative process, I've been re-reading several of my artbooks. One in particular that chronicles most of the Impressionists and their friends, and one that pays particular attention to their lifestyles when they were not at work. It makes one wonder whether alcohol and debauchery were the keys to their success. They lived hard, travelled alot, and spent as much time socializing as working. It's a wonder they were able to produce as many finished works as they did. I don't plan on taking up drinking again, most of my socializing days are behind me and as for debauchery...it's far too tiring. So, once my hands stop swelling, it will be back to the painting I'm currently trying to complete for a show at one of the galleries that represents my work. It's important to me that I meet my responsibilities, but it's not always easy. Until next time...