Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Switch Hitter

After a bad burn, I lost the use of my right hand and arm for awhile.

I'm right handed, and making things has always helped keep me going when life gets challenging.  Just putting pen to paper and filling a sketchbook page can be a distraction and relief.  I could put up with the clumsy eating and the free style toothbrushing, but with my right hand out of commission, I was worried that I'd lose my mind if I couldn't draw or write at all.

With immobility can come unique patience. Though my left hand shook a lot, trying to use it gave me something to focus on. After a few days I found that I had much better luck with a paintbrush than I did with a pencil, and playing with paint felt great.

These are a few left handed sketchbook pages from February.

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