Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Questions Anyone?

Spending this Wednesday wondering if anyone has some specific questions regarding creating while simultaneously dealing with a chronic condition.  Questions about how I work?  Suggestions for future post themes?  I need some feedback from my readers if anybody is still hanging in there with me. (The crickets are practically deafening!)  Any queries regarding building a creative practice (with or without illness) are welcome and I will do my best to answer.

6 comments:

Melanie said...

Just found your blog via Daisy Yellow. You have some great work here. Been reading a few of your posts. You seem like an amazing person. Iunjured my left ankle 17 years ago in the army while in basic training. I have lived with chronic pain and not being able to do certain things without horrible pain. I just decided to push myself to do what I want to do and not let that limit me to what I can do. I will definitely be keeping up with you and dropping by to say hello from time to time.

Daisy Yellow said...

Question for you to ponder: When energy and stamina are limited, how do you choose to do art when housework, errands and other things tug at you? I choose to be happier and do art than be stressed and in pain and have a clean house. There's so much to this, so much...

Daisy Yellow said...

Michelle... you've been nominated! http://daisyyellow.squarespace.com/vividlife/deluxe-adventure.html.

Vanessa said...

I really love your style, as much in the FTB journals as in the other collages you do. I'm really enjoying the way you explain your creative process and are so honest about things that you are thinking of. I would sure miss this blog if it were to go offline. On the other hand, I completely understand the need to prioritise. I have two young children, including one that stays at home. Personally, I just started art journaling a year ago. So I haven't found my niche, my style. I've gone through some of the same thought processes as you with the FTB. I LOVE it. But I felt I was sacrificing some of my emotion for the sake of making something look pretty. Like all that I was saying in my FTB journal was 'day-to-day, here's what I had for lunch' type of info. Instead of musings and thoughts that go deeper than the surface. So I went back to my art journal in which I am more me, light and dark, insecure and full of faults: honest. Now I keep my FTB for my travels and that works much better.

Paper Chipmunk (aka Ellen) said...

This is a subject close to me. I have more than one chronic illness, including M.S., that makes it extremely difficult to function as an artist. My biggest problem at the moment is figuring out how to deal with my limited stamina. By the time I have to get through the cooking and errand running and whatever else is expected of me, I'm too wiped out to do anything. Neurological fatigue is not simple tiredness. It is incapacitating. I'm finding it very difficult to find a workable balance that will allow me to continue being an artist on any level. I'm lucky enough to have a studio, but not the energy to maintain it or work in it hardly at all. It's frustrating. How do you manage to keep at it regularly, or regularly enough, even when your body is determined not to let you? How do you keep your studio in order when keeping it clean is so very difficult in physical terms? I think it's great you are willing to discuss these things on your blog.

(I haven't commented here before, but I live in Humboldt County and took a couple of classes from you a few years ago. You probably don't remember me--it's been a while!)

Kirstin said...

I just dropped in here via daisy yellow and am enjoying your blog. I love your journal style. I haven't seemed to have found my style yet, or maybe my style is to not have a specific style? Anyway, just a note to let you know I love this and I'll be back to read more. I had to leave a note on the sculpture paper fish. That is awesome and an inspiring story too.

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