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Category: Creativity

Sycamore trees and artistic friends

On my daily commute, I’m graced with an abundance of sycamore trees. I love their white bark and the curving nature of their branches and limbs. There is beauty in their winter starkness. This morning I was thinking about creativity, my love of art and desire for more hours in the day in which to paint. These thoughts quickly moved to how blessed I am to live in southwest Missouri, an area rich in artists and artistic opportunities. There is beauty everywhere – driving River Road, admiring the art created… Read more Sycamore trees and artistic friends

10 months revealed in 10 days

In 10 days, Friday, October 1, the last 10 months of my creative focus will be unveiled at the opening of the p-i-e-c-e-d TOGETHER exhibit at Carthage artCentral. It will be a bittersweet evening. I have been a little drifting this week, after delivering the 80+ pieces of art for installation. This was designed to be a two-person exhibit. I’ve missed my friend, Jo Mueller, every day since her passing this spring, but perhaps more so these past few days. Like many who have lost loved ones, I reached for… Read more 10 months revealed in 10 days

Begin Again

I’ve been looking for a way to begin again: begin blogging again. Begin a daily creative habit – again. For all of the oddity, fear, and pivoting required in 2020…I was surprisingly blessed. I had artwork accepted in local exhibits. I had a successful showing in Urban Art Gallery, Joplin. I found my style, my way of painting. I also made it a year without falling. I learned to be aware of the vulnerability caused by the hemi-dystonia and my deep brain stimulator (DBS). Another highlight I’m just now realizing…I… Read more Begin Again

Turn it up!

Today marks two months since my deep brain stimulator was turned “on”. When my power setting was initially determined, I could strut a straight line at a 4.0 I was sent home at a 2.0, with a device that would allow me to check my implanted battery strength and adjust my DBS device within a 2.0 – 4.0 range. Always one to think if a little is good a lot is fantastic, I began adjusting up, by 0.1 increments, my device on an every-other-day basis until I reached 2.9. At… Read more Turn it up!

Long Overdue Update

It’s been a little over two months since the first surgery. Just over one month since the deep brain stimulator was switched “on”. I’ve enjoyed renewed confidence in my ability to improve. We’re witnessing changes in my left leg which we can only contribute to increased circulation from improved mobility. I participated in a physical therapy evaluation last week during which it was determined that I have the “balance” of an 80-year-old…and trust me…I’m much improved! (Deep breath – I now have a goal – achieving the balance of a… Read more Long Overdue Update