I fell on my treadmill last year, and being invincible, I thought it was nothing to worry about. I just chalked up the pain with walking, to not getting enough exercise; so I walked less and less each day, until the time came when just standing gave way to popping and locking and pains down my right leg. Well, anyone that has painted around me knows I stand to paint and I am very physical with my surface, so this was becoming annoying. I made an appointment, went in and after MRI’s (which were terribly unpleasant to put it mildly), several cool looking x-rays, they determined I needed to have a tear repaired via, arthroscopic surgery. Sounded okay, so I agreed. Surgery was a breeze, so much so, that I barely remember any of it at all, but this no weight on it; and dealing with crutches has had me rethinking this whole ordeal. I have been in a recliner for most of the last two weeks told not to sit upright past 90 degrees….which sounds benign but is quite the opposite. I have been through endless seasons of shows on Netflix( thank you Jesus for Netflix), but at this point I am sick of even the most entertaining shows.
I started crutching down to my studio. My thought was to just work on paper, since it was light weight and I might have no problem dealing with charcoal, graphite and paper.This was working quite well, I even managed a few liquid acrylics and watercolors on paper, so I told myself..you can work on some bigger things on boards, it just might take a bit longer. WRONG…I tried, and it was just too painful and too hard to balance on the good leg and manage the quarts of paint and brushes etc. I am going back to the work on paper for another week or so…
Here are the results of the paper chase:
Weight of Balance Resting Peace by CathyHegman
This is done on Terraskin paper (paper made of stones )(www.terraskin.com ) which has a very alluring surface. The surface is somewhat repellant of water and watermedia but also has a bit of tooth to grab the pigment out of the mixture. It has been a very entertaining surface to work on while I am limited out, on the “can and cannot do” at this point. I was happy at this point. Then the next day: Limitations of Fog by Cathy Hegman
This is the one I am currently working on; after I tried to work on the larger piece on board and failed so miserably. I think my work reflects my anger and frustration with all this limitation in my life with this piece. It is by no means finished, but I thought it was so odd how within 24 hours my demeanor had changed in my work. I have always known my work is 90 percent attitude, but this solidifies it for me. Long story short, hit that studio with the right attitude!
NOTE: Even though this one is so dark ,there is something so completely honest about it that I like. #findingsomethinggoodineverything. LOL
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