As I have journeyed down my life's path, there have been many offshoots along the way. The choice is of course our own, and the outcome can be surprising and life changing.
One such life changing path that has influenced me greatly is WLS (wieght loss surgery); in conjuction with diet and exercise. I have lost over 75 lbs in the past year and have dropped 12 dress sizes.
This has given me so much more energy; confidence and increased health benefits that all areas of my life are improving. My insulin (type 1 Diabetic) has dropped over 60 % -- that is huge! My Doctor's are overjoyed to say the least.
This increase in energy has helped me with my art, in the sense that I now have more energy to paint; have more drive and focus; can and do arrange photo shoots; field trips; and the will to try new things.
Not only trying new things in art, but life in general.
Don't be afraid to tackle anything and everything.
Don't hide behind inexperience and excuses.
Life is waiting to be lived.
Art is demanding to be painted.
I am so happy to be able to pick up a brush and start painting again! Whoo hoo! I have not painted since November when I had surgery on my right hand. I have since had another surgery in the abdominal area that set me back abit. But no more excuses! I am, and have started two new projects. Yes!
Although I have to tell you it is amazing how self doubt quickly sets in when left unattended for so long. It was as though I forgot what the heck I was supposed to do. My first day of holding my brush was a great disappointment. Oh woe is me! All I felt I acheived was spreading much across my canvas. I am happy to report this was a fleeting feeling which passed the next day. It will take me awhile to finish my project, but it is at least started and progressing.
Not sure, but think after not using your hand in so long, it forgets what it is supposed to do! Could be some truth here. It was not stated to me, but I have had no physio, where others I know have had. It is interesting how whether it is art or surgery, the Artist (surgeon) approaches each task differently. Rarely are things without a deviant from start to finish. We always seem to add our own spin on things. Just like life.
Or as the more common phrase states: "Life is like that!"
As those who know me, and those of you about to find out, I love to talk; meet people; learn from others; and most importantly I LOVE TO PAINT!