First Blog Post and the Artist Repetitive Strain Injury

I'm so happy to be able to finally gather my life's visual work in one place and share it with you. After this year-long sabbatical working towards another solo show, typing my book manuscript, weaving, sewing, doing alot of drawing and en plein air watercolors, and returning to yoga practice, my dominant left arm and shoulder is a mess. Artists and teachers talk a lot about safety with art materials, but I never received any education as an art student on the risks of RSI, or Repetitive stress injury. Edith Zimmerman gives an enlightening look at this issue related to  the drawing process at http://www.artistdaily.com/blogs/drawing/drawing-basics-when-it-hurts-to-draw . I wonder how many other artists out there deal with this issue, and how you manage it? 

Its a real roadblock in the creative process when the answer is to stop working and rest. However, the alternative is to eventually loose my left arm mechanics altogether. So starting today, I am resting, icing, Tiger-balming, getting an expert PT consult, halting all downward dogs and upper body work, and considering voice recognition software so I can keep writing. Inquire on. Live Deeply. 

 Image from Google images from www.aworkoutroutine.com

Image from Google images from www.aworkoutroutine.com