It’s been awhile since I’ve worked on an intense piece of artwork. The kind that takes over my life for a week or two. The kind of painting that calls my name morning, noon, and night.
For three years straight I lived on very little sleep. I averaged 4-6 hours a night if I was lucky. Many times I would stay up for 48 hours at a time. Needless to stay I was a bit of a lunatic.
At the time I was on a dopamine agonist, which is generally the first line of therapy for a Parkinsons newbie. A couple years ago I was transitioned to the big dog drug, called Sinemet. The first set of drugs worked as far as symptoms go, but obsessiveness is a nasty side effect. Some patients suddenly find themselves shopping online non-stop, craving sex 24/7, or creating art instead of cooking dinner. My activity of choice was painting. I prefer my new drugs, even though I don’t get as much done artistically.
Lately in between cooking, gardening, and yoga, I’ve been doing 30 minute art drawings. This a a fun way to keep your juices flowing when you’re short on time. Take a peek at some colorful pieces that found their way onto canvas. Remember: Creating art heals!