9. Excuses, excuses

My last post described procrastination and how I conquered that particular malady. Easier said than done. Many of you are aware that I have an arthritic condition that attacks the joints of my body. This summer has been the worst couple of months since I first contracted the disease. I've enjoyed several years of very little swelling and accompanying pain, but for some reason the meds I take daily for control have been less than effective since June. The simple act of painting has become painful and often impossible with swollen hands, neck, back and yes, even buttocks. I mention this, not for sympathy but to explain the lack of new work. With all this going on I know that keeping my mind active with artistic pursuits ( reading art books, attending art shows, outdoor exhibitions, etc. ) is important in sustaining the creative process. I hate not painting, but there are other things that contribute to an artistic mind. I'm currently adjusting to new levels of prescription dosages and endeavouring to keep somewhat active. I'm hopeful that I'll soon be working steadily again. I've collected reference images and produced several compositional drawings with the aim of converting them to new work on canvas in the Fall months ahead. Here's to good health and an active mind. Until next time.....