• Shirley Fox

And Here We Are Again

Here's what is currently on the easel.

I felt like just posting a photo of this piece and being done with it. I live in Florida and I’ve been vaccinated. For some of you I’m sure that’s enough said. We are currently leading the country in new COVID cases. Many of us have gone back into self-imposed lockdowns. For now, no more visits with the grandkids. No more dinners out.

How are we to stay motivated? How am I going to find the focus to make art? Some days I feel my stress and frustration levels are so high, I can barely do anything. I stare at the news and want to scream at all the anti-vax propaganda.

But, I’m trying. The other day, one of my FB friends posted a long message about being there for anyone dealing with mental health issues. I think a lot of us don’t even appreciate how stressed we are and how lonely we feel right now. Not only dealing with the pandemic but also, waiting for the next nefarious move by the extreme far-right.

So, here’s the thing. Take care of yourself. Nothing, and I mean NOTHING, is more important than that. We all have heard the advice. Eat right, get some movement in your body, meditate. I have even discovered the miraculous results of drinking green matcha tea (if you don’t believe me, try drinking it everyday for two weeks and then skip a day). Besides, if I do all that, I’ll have a difficult time convincing myself that I’m not just using this as an excuse to procrastinate. A lot of my fellow artists will know exactly what I’m talking about.

Take good care of yourselves! If you just can’t, reach out to someone. There are a lot of people who want to help right now. Including me.

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