Art & Design
Now that radiation therapy is finally completed it has only taken a couple of days to be, again, entirely enveloped in the day-to-day hubbub of work, making time for drawing, rest and yes, more work! It is hard to believe how quickly the last 5 1/2 months have passed me by, and now looking back the flurry of doctor's appointments and treatments seem a bit of a blur. It had a definite changing influence on me and on my general outlook of my own lifespan and our fragile small cameo in space and time. Maybe this is one reason why I have the strong urge to go for walks in cemeteries recently, lately they seem rather peaceful in a rather monumental way. This might be a new branch for creative output, it will need to be explored.
In the meantime, there is still a lot of background work to be done with Mz Manhattan, my over-sized pen & ink project. It takes a lot of time to do the cell pattern with just a 0.5 ink pen - way longer than much of the details and main imagery composition. But maybe the time of development of cell structure background is meaningful in its own way.
I still cannot be certain what precisely prompted the development of the DCIS over time, but it appears as good a time as any to take inventory of any risk factors, re-evaluate my lifestyle and start a new routine.
Oddly enough, I had always considered myself a fairly healthy eater - never been much for sodas, candy, fast foods and such. Admittedly, my diet has changed a fair bit over the last decade, but a lot of factors play into making the daily choices: Not having time to properly prepare healthy meals, or just being too tired to assert creative effort towards variety after a long workday is something that many people struggle with, I believe. On top of that, many healthier fresh and/or raw food choices are still far more expensive than highly processed alternatives from various corporate brands (especially if you want to buy organic foods), a paradox that I still find hard to reconcile with logic. Clearly everyone has to find the best middle ground between good nutrition and finances, and this is by no way an easy issue to solve. Hopefully, we can start a little garden of our own some time soon. CJ
Art in Hawaii
Living in Hawaii is an inspiring experience, both artistically and spiritually.