Saturday, December 8, 2007
Diane Clancy - Enhancing My Spirit
Diane Clancy, a fellow WWAO and Etsy artist said to me, "I want to hear about your hopes and dreams and what you are doing to fulfill them! "
I think this is a loaded question and I'll try my best to answer it honestly and as artistically unpretentiously as I can!
I have had my creative spirit yanked right out from under me. After an accident, I suffered major trauma and am now a chronic pain patient. I have always been an artist or crafter in some way or another but after the accident I was immobilized for quite some time. And, oil painting in bed just wasn't very practical! Besides that, I suffer from increasingly painful TMD and while my voice still exists, speaking, singing, even sneezing is painful!
My hopes and dreams are to heal. But, it might mean healing in a way where I might still encounter my pain, but be able to continue my art. I still sing in a Salsa/Klezmer band, Meshuggenismo. I am highly medicated and I end up in bed for days afterwards easing that pain. But, when I sing, I am in love with my band, the music, our audience! I tell my doctors: "It's good for my soul, bad for my face."
And, while I still have medical issues that keep me from my canvases, on those good days, I paint up a storm!
In the meanwhile and sometimes on those bad days, I use my talents to create gemstone jewelery or decorate picture frames - I connect with other artists, work on my Etsy Shop and write in my blog.
Quite simply, I dream of finding my place in my own world. A new world, a world that has drastically changed and hope I can find a new self that fits and enjoys her art.