Thursday, August 21, 2014
Signs of Life
What I'm working on at the moment is a series of postcards made from children's book pages, featuring stampheads. Quite fun.
Although I always wind up doing more than I should at one time, meaning I end up pushing myself physically. It's easy for me to get on a roll and not want to stop. Yesterday saw me powering through a lot of pain in my back, neck and right hip...before I finally stopped myself, called the chiropractor and was able to get an adjustment later in the day.
My desire to make less art now is about taking care of my body -- I need to keep reminding myself of this, that it's not about being lazy. The truth is that it hurts. All the art I make has me looking down at a work table, and that's hell on my neck. Or standing up at my tables, which is hard on my lower back and hips. Even sitting and looking down is painful.
And so it goes. Lots of good new ideas, but what actually gets done will happen in snippets of time between lots of resting. Ahhh, aging...
Note to younger readers especially: Establish healthy boundaries for your body, and apply them. When younger, our bodies usually don't complain if we overwork ourselves. Or if the body does ache, it's too easy to stop working for now and then go right back at it with renewed and increased vigor later on or the next day, often day after day. Until one day, after years of overworking yourself and having no regard for what the future might hold, your body simply isn't able to stand any repetitive activity for more than a few minutes. Ask me how I know...