Continuing on the tradition!
Last year I made a compilation of my artistic and emotional progression from 2013-2016. Here I add to it another year, 2017 (even though it’s nearly March). The two above images are the first and last paintings I did during the past year.
2017 was another rough year. I was diagnosed with Maladaptive Daydreaming and OCD, in addition to my anxiety and depression, with which I have battled for years. I was hospitalized for the first time, and have finally been able to turn my life around and accept and even look forward to the prospect of an ordinary life, something that used to terrify me. I lost a cat that had been with me since I was a little girl, and recently lost an amazing dog; these were further blows to the gut. However, at the end of it all, I see a world of positive difference between the condition I was in at this time last year, and have made a promise to myself to hold onto that thought rather than allow negative thoughts and obsessions to fester, though this can also be attributed to treatment, medication and a spectacularly supportive group of family and friends, who visited me constantly while I was sick and kept my ward smelling of fresh flowers.
I am also aware that 2017 has been a rough year for many other people, due to the current political climate, and my thoughts and prayers go out to those who have also struggled in 2017, and to those that continue to.
May 2018 be a little better.