Patti Edmon Altered Attic: Let's Fly

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Let's Fly


I made this 6x6 collage for a class I'm taking called Resilience Through Art, taught by Lani Gerity, art therapist, leader of the 14 Secrets for a Happy Artist's Life group I'm in and a wise, wonderful artist. Our challenge for the week was to create a piece of art based on a resilience strategy; mine addresses more than one - voice your wishes, take charge of life whenever you can, look for good things...
Living with a chronic illness has a unique set of challenges, maybe the same ones everyone faces, just amplified a bit. Springtime is so beautiful, but for me, it brings barometric pressure fluctuations that yank me around like a theme park ride. And I'm really trying to get off the prednisone that has fueled me through the last four years. Lower energy and higher pain levels make every day daunting... I think about what I used to accomplish in a day's time, now  spread it over a week, and shake my head. Well, nobody likes a whiner and I'm not wallowing in self-pity, but every now and then I feel the need to bring it up; it's a huge part of my life and I've heard from so many others who face the same issues on a daily basis; it helps to have someone you can relate to. So, if one person reads this and nods in acknowledgment I'll be happy.
Art is universal, so I hope the collage stands on its own as a piece of art. It was very gratifying to make, from color choice (thanks Pam:) to finding images that expressed the right message along with supporting elements. I had fun in the Altered Attic, played and enjoyed the process and I'm happy with the results. I think the resilience strategy best expressed is: look for the good wherever possible.  The birds might not be flying but at least they are out of the cage.

11 comments:

Carol Sloan said...

Well, you should be happy then...I nodded my head several times in acknowledgement, agreement and in total understanding. I was just thinking today how I used to be able to work in the garden all day...now it takes me all week to weed just one flower bed. But I get it done! Thank goodness for our wonderful husbands, friends and family!

Lani Gerity said...

So much wisdom AND it's beautiful!!!
Really very fine (and I love the fortune cookie fortune there at the bottom)!!

Jennifer Williams "Blueskysunburn" said...

Your piece turned out beautiful. I think you expressed your sentiments well.

quiltchick said...

Fabulous textures and colours. Love the use of the text at the bottom.

Renee said...

I came across your blog with a google alert for chronic illness. Both your artwork and your words are beautiful. What a nice place to stop by and visit!
God bless

Renee

Myrna said...

Hi Patti! So happy you stopped by! You can visit anytime!! ;-) Thank you for the kind comments-being an inspiration is a huge compliment to me!!
I 'get' you talking about chronic illness/pain..you are so right. It's good to maintain a positive attitude, but it's good to sometimes be really honest about what you're going thru. It relieves the pressure of feeling you're alone in all of this. Compassion can lessen the load. Thanks for sharing.
Your art is fabulous! And so is your blog! I'll be back!
Hope you have a lovely day!
Blessings!
Myrna

tangled stitch said...

Hi Patti! I have fibromyalgia myself and my art makes me forget about it so kindred spirit hug. I love the piece it's beautiful. And resilience seems to be the word of the day I've heard it and spoken it quite a bit today. Blessings to you!

katie jane said...

I hear ya! Gettin' older sucks. Love the collage, the colors and theme.

Karin said...

Nicely done Patti - your artwork displays how you are anything but a whiner!! It and your words had me nodding in understanding and recognition. I'm sorry you are suffering during this season of renewal... it's so hard to pick the "right" time to change meds, or try new treatments - there are always outside circumstances beyond our control that throw us monkey wrenches - but yes, your resilience and grace (not to mention wonderful sense of humor!) carry you through. Thanks for sharing those qualities with us!! xox Karin

Ophelia said...

I just love your artwork. I am glad I stopped by for a visit!

soulbrush said...

hiya patti..i was diagnosed with fibromyalgia about 9 years ago, but it was the wrong diagnosis thank heavens. i then had 7 operations in 4 years for joint problems, but now am fit and well....so keep on going and hoping! love this art, it is inspiring.

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