16. No pain, no gain

Since my last post I have been visiting my dentist for a series of appointments to correct issues with my implants. I realize this doesn't have a lot to do with my art or life in the studio, but it certainly affects my ability to stay focused on painting. It's amazing how interconnected good health and productivity are to success at the easel. With years of managing pain associated with an existing arthritic condition I have learned to take advantage of "good" days and try and accomplish as much as possible. With this new health issue, there are no good days and for the past several weeks I have not felt energetic enough to put brush in hand. I'm sure artists throughout time have suffered from health issues and without today's methods for pain management must have often worked in the most uncomfortable circumstances. Mental and physical health problems contributed to their "tortured" existence and I have to believe led to some of the most amazing work that people today hold in the highest regard. Over time, people adapt to many issues beyond their control for the pure joy that comes with their accomplishments. No pain, no gain. I'm looking forward to a resolution next week for this latest setback, but still continue working when I can. The galleries that represent my work have been patient, but they deserve better and I want nothing more than to restore their faith in my work ethic. Until next time...