I would like to send all the people who follow my blog a BIG thank you. I just reached 200 followers.
When I decided to start a blog, I figured maybe I’d get ten people following.
I started this blog to talk about how I managed to have a life even with Fibromyalgia and lyme. But soon after I started blogging, I saw that really, I’m an artist. That is who I am. Life can do what it will to me, I do art.
I thought Fibro and lyme had taken art away. I basically did very little art for over 15 years as I was too sick.
Since starting treatment for lyme four years ago, the art abilities have come back.
I’ve had to start at step one. In addition to the physical problems I have, I also have neurologic damage. I got to the point where I could not even write my name legibly. I had to learn to write again. So drawing anything has really been a challenge.
But I’m doing it. I started painting in 2012. I started with abstracts, and my only real symbols were circles. In the painting class I took, the instructor told us to make our symbol library. So, I took her advice, and have slowly started practicing drawing various shapes and designs.
I had so much information wiped out, that I cannot come up with ideas on my own. I found a wonderful series of books to help me. One of the books is called 20 Ways to Draw a Doodle by Rachael Taylor. She has several 20 ways to draw books. I have several of them. Every morning, I get up, open one of the books and draw. Slowly, I’m building my version of my symbol library.
It is very frustrating in some ways. However, I am choosing to be grateful I’m able to reconnect the circuits in my brain. There is always a choice in how we look at life and its challenges.
Me, I’m a gal who thinks her glass is half full of the sweetest lemonade ever made.
When I practice being positive and keeping my mind positive, then positive appears in my life. I’m glad I had figured that out before I got sick.
I went through many years of hysteria and negativity. Then, that little voice deep inside me said, “enough.” I slowly dug my way out of the negative black hole I was in.
So, to all of my followers who have been so supportive of me and my art, thank you from the bottom of my heart. I appreciate each one of you.