(Image from workwhilewalking.com
about "Sitting Disease". It's really a thing described by the Mayo Clinc.)
There is really no such thing as a "normal work-day" at SheilaLynnK Art Studio. A big adjustment for working with arachnoiditis - as I am sure I have mentioned in other posts but cannot remember which ones - is that the need to change positions and allow enough recovery time between tasks results in a work day that is sporadically distributed over the course of each 24 hour period. At 9pm I might be doing the work that others would be doing at 3pm. I have mostly gotten used to this but, it requires some creative planning if I am trying to coordinate tasks/meetings/activities with other people on a completely different schedule. I imagine people who work second and third shift or night crew jobs experience similar planning issues.
I crashed into bed late last night after working late on the rearrangement of the studio and office space of my house. This has been a long process but, I know that as I do it I am making it easier to make art. Each new workstation will have its own supplies to minimize the need to keep moving supplies, materials, easels, drawing boards, etc. each time I need to change working positions. Wet media projects will be COMPLETELY separate from dry media projects. Previously I kept getting bogged down with the set-up time between these transitions. Now, I will be able to just get started as soon as I sit/lay/stand at the workstation.
One portion of this wet media area is also designated as a children's art-making area for my Grandson and other visitors with children. I am also including the option to teach children's art workshops/classes here. WOULDN'T IT BE SO COOL IF THIS COULD become the SheilaLynnK Art Studio Art-Party Center for children's birthday parties?...NEVER THOUGHT OF THAT ONE BEFORE! Now I actually have the space for that! Would we call it a Birthday P-Arty?! Parents could rent the space and cover cost of materials without needing to worry about the clean-up! I could offer assorted P-Arty Packages.... I am very excited about this idea. Watch for more to come on that later.
|And Justice For All...|
Fight, Flee, or FLOW at the Art For Arachnoiditis Project. Sharing my work on The FLOW:30 Day Journal, by Lisa Sonora continues.
Getting set to finish the Survivor Portrait for Melanie Lamb and post the final video-hopefully, WITH music- of this work in progress. Starting the next conceptual portrait for recipient/volunteer/arachnoiditis survivor, Karen Kovacik Early, as soon as I we make choices about the concept and reference images. After that, there is still room for one more survivor portrait to be finished in time for the FIRST Public Art For Arachnoiditis Project Exhibit.
The Call For Entries ends Feb. 15, 2015.
Building my agendas and support for SWAN Day 2015 party and the Art+Adaptability=Healing Workshop at the Opening Reception of the project Exhibit. Don't forget, RSVP/pre-registration is required for these events respectively. We will be hanging the show April 10th. The Art For Arachnoiditis Project Exhibit will be open to the public during regular business hours and by appointment at the Fountain Arts Center during the month of April 2015.
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