This has been such a wonderfully productive art-making weekend, I can't wait to show everything finished! Be sure to check the blog again tomorrow for more photos :)
I've been working on this painting for MONTHS and I think it's finally finished...
I started this painting when I was in a pretty dark place. I was having health problem after health problem and horrendous back pain. Then one day my right arm and my left hand just went numb. I've had weird aches and pains before but this was scary! So Ben drove me to Patient First and I got an x-ray where the doctor told me my "muscles were in the wrong place" - ah what? and he referred me to a physical therapist, who was great but said he couldn't help me. He then referred me to another physical therapist who specialized in women's health and that's when the most painful hours of my life started. It was rough, guys, really rough! She discovered that my pain was all rooted back to a surgery I had had when I was 14 when one of my ovaries decided to commit suicide and I had to have it removed. The scar tissue from that surgery had built up for the last 9 years, forcing my spine forward and even causing me to breathe incorrectly.
It was crazy that everything tied back to something that happened so long ago. But once she figured that out she helped me so much. The sessions gradually got less painful, and I started feeling better. I ended the sessions this past July and I feel like a different person! My life has drastically changed since I first started seeing that second physical therapist - definitely for the better, but it was one of the hardest things I've ever gone through. I would cry during sessions, cry when I got home from the sessions, cry the day after from being sore from the sessions, sooo many tears. It was an epic Feel Sorry For Mandy period. Poor Ben. But as usual I took my experience and I put it on the canvas.
I wanted to portray the many forms of manipulation my body was taking on. I have to make clear that I was REALLY pissed that I was sick/in pain. I was used to being self sufficient. I was used to running around and constantly multitasking. But this experience took a lot of things out of my control. I had re-learn basic things (like breathing and walking), I had to manipulate my brain and my body to be better so that I could really live again.
This painting was done in a different style from anything I've done before. Starting with the fact that I didn't cover the whole canvas in paint (that white part that's exposed is canvas not white paint). I did a lot of dry-brushing to show a roughness that can't really happen when you use gloss mediums or water.
DIY Sad Dawson Meme! http://www.troll.me/meme/sad-guy
So there you have it! I hope you all have the day off today for Columbus Day and are doing something fun and relaxing and I hope you'll stop by the blog tomorrow to check out some other new projects I finished up this weekend! :)
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