Earlier this week I decided to have a go at painting with a less realistic look. I decided not to allow myself to use a small brush and to make a more, what I call, ‘blobby’ painting. My plan was to throw on some darker lower layers and then add more detail in layers and go lighter in tone as I got more detailed. I used gouache, although oils would have been lovely for this.
Rather than painting on location I used an old photograph of a place near where I used to live. It’s looking out from what is know locally as ‘The Bluebell Wood’ onto a local farm.
Here’s the photo…
Once I’d got the main shapes and structures down I stopped looking at the reference to avoid the temptation to make it too accurate and too close to the original. It turned out to be a fun and easy way to paint!
I also had planned to finish my other painting but I got sick in the middle of the week. I’m on antibiotics again. I don’t know why I keep getting unwell so often. My best guess is that one of two things really kicks it off. Either I don’t get enough sleep because of the chronic pain and my immune system get’s weak because of that, or I get badly stressed about something (very frequently because of my autism) and that weakens my system too.
I have previously asked my doctor for help and advice with this and he said I need to have a ‘healthy lifestyle’. I told him I eat a good diet, I keep my body clean, I try to get as much rest as I need, I don’t drink or smoke or take any illegal drugs. He said I should exercise more. This is hard because I need crutches to walk more than 10-20 metres and sometimes I end up in tears just trying to get to where my car is parked. So I asked him how I could do that given the mobility problems I have and he just shrugged his shoulders. I thought that was really unhelpful.
So I decided to try to manage this better on my own since he’s clearly not going to help at all. I’m finding ways to better manage stress and allowing myself more sleep time when I miss sleep because of pain. I’m also pushing my consumption of fruit and vegetables and topping up vitamin c. Hopefully things will get better. I feel so rubbish again now.