Friday, January 22, 2010

Painting With Limitations - This Too Shall Pass

Perhaps some of you remember my post, "Painting? No Way!", back in April -  due to ripping off my left index finger pad. That took three months to heal. Although it looks normal I still don't have total feeling there. But I understand nerve endings take a long time to heal Since I am left-handed that certainly made painting impossible during that time.

Now my right hand is the issue! January 8th I had surgery on my thumb to remove an arthritic trapezium bone (connects the thumb with the wrist). Where that little bone was is now cushioned with a piece of tendon taken from my wrist. There is a pin that goes through the middle of my thumb down into the wrist to keep everything in place during the healing process. Hence the huge bandage! Can I elicit any sympathy? :^o
But, "this too shall pass", as the old saying goes. After a week I went in to get out the stitches and now I'm sportin' a much smaller cast! Phew! I figured red would perk me up every day. Happy days are here again. However, I must admit the days do seem slow as I wait for total healing -about 6 more weeks. Ah, another way to learn patience. I've noticed that seems to be a repeated lesson He has for me! Hmmm, wonder what that means?!
So painting is possible but obviously with some limitations. e.g. - figuring out how to open my tubes of paint. Here's my new found technique - secure tube between left hip and painting cart and use good left hand to unscrew cap.  This technique too shall pass. ;o)

5 comments:

Donniece Smith said...

Your red is in season for Valentine's Day. Here's wishing you a speedy recovery and back to painting very soon!

Nancy Teague said...

Thanks Donniece for your well wishes. I didn't realize how seasonal I would be when I picked red - I just love that color!

artistdeb said...

Hi Nancy - As I was painting yesterday with my oil pastelsI remember having the thought that my left hand was totally untalented and maybe I should give it an art lesson or two. Maybe I was channeling you...
Any way I feel for you and wish you a speedy recovery. It is fun seeing the Bushel Basket painting as it progressed. The finished work is stunning. You do FEEL THE LIGHT my dear. Blessings - Deb Clemente

Nancy Teague said...

hanks Deb for your well wishes! I am so thankful that the Light I literally 'feel' at times in my life comes across in my paintings.

Hey you ought to stretch your brain by giving your left hand some 'lessons'! I could feel my brain trying to work as I had to teach myself about 12 years go to write right-handed!

Roberta said...

Ouch! I hope you heal quickly.