A Tiger’s Tale




After a fierce bout of chronic pain, once on an even keel physically it can still take time for mental and emotional balance to return. When the pain is at its worst, I can not paint. Sometimes once it has passed, it is easy to pick up the brushes and start again, sometimes my confidence  is shaken.

Yesterday, instead of giving myself a hard time for not painting, I treated myself to some time out to look back over my early portfolio.

It was great to look back and see my journey from the start.  I found this sketch from 7 years ago when I was struggling to find my identity, searching for my favourite medium.

I still love drawing and sketching although the fibromyalgia makes detailed drawings very tough. In fact I hardly ever sketch any more as I have found my favourite medium,  Oils.

I always advise people never to throw out their work. It is surprising how after putting a picture to one side for a time , it can be then seen much more objectively.

The good points of each piece are more obvious, the mistakes are viewed more kindly, the progress of artist skills can be mapped plus a multitude of memories of life and inspiration are revived.

It is like spending time with old friends!

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19 Responses to A Tiger’s Tale

  1. Hanno Phenn says:

    I am sorry to hear that you are so poorly. But your picture of today is great and fun to see.take care if yourself,rgs.Hanno

  2. lynnkennison says:

    Love this one!
    Hope you are feeling better:)

  3. I love your tiger! He is so sad and beautiful. Hang in there.

  4. really like this tiger; hope your new routine is working out

  5. stuffeyefind says:

    I like it.

  6. Zyp Czyk says:

    I’ve noticed the same thing with my writings, some of which I’ve been saving since high school, and your post reminded me to go look at these little treasures again. I rarely remember writing them, so it’s as if I was reading someone else’s words. It’s a pleasant surprise that this “someone” seems to write pretty well 🙂

    Glad you’re “back” again from your pain flare. My flares transport me to an alien land where everything is blurred by the haze of pain that clouds my vision. Until that clears I just can’t function at all.

    • mcsirishart says:

      Hi, Thanks for your comments and it’s nice to take a trip down memory lane. I fully identify with the “alien land”, my own journey has been woeful for the last while. Hope your pain is manageable today. I’m always here for a chat if you like 🙂

  7. darsword says:

    Those chronic pain flares not only hurt and wear you out, they mess with momentum. In everything! I lost it on my WIP (Camp NaNoWriMo) when my last one hit and I am finding it hard to find a jumping in spot to get that energy back. Maybe I should look at my own ‘portfolio’ of writing and see what hits me. Love the tiger! Hope you are still feeling better and better! Your artwork is fantastic!

    • mcsirishart says:

      Thanks for the compliment,I empathize with you & this cruel illness throwing everything into disarray.I love AC\DC & bought tickets for a gig(something I’ve wanted to do for 30 yrs) & had to give them away.Its not even the big stuff,its the everyday things.Each time I finish a painting,I think “Is this going to be the last one ?”.I know its a cliche,”What doesn’t kill me makes me stronger”.When I’m in agony I don’t think that way !.Hope your pain is manageable today.I do believe people like us are incredible & we’re not alone.Be gentle with yourself.I hope you stay in touch.rgs Paul

      • darsword says:

        I often have to tell my adult kids that I can’t join them for dinner. That makes me so sad. I rarely make plans anymore because I know I won’t be able to make it.

        Hope you are having a pain-free energized day. I hope you have many many more pieces of art to share. It makes me happy when I see your work. Cheers! Dar

  8. Jumping_Jenny_444 says:

    What a beautiful picture! 🙂 hope that you feel better soon!

  9. mcsirishart says:

    Hi Jenny, I needed to take some time out there for a while with a major flare, much better now ! Hope you are well, new blog post coming soon ! 🙂

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