So, I've been working on "The Commission" again. For some reason, this one painting I can't finish is making me crazy with self-doubt and frustration. And I just keep working on it and working on it. The good thing is that I've been painting again, which is something I love even at its worst.
The weird thing is that right away after I started painting I began having respiratory problems again. First a very swollen and soar throat, now congestion and a cough. It could be totally unrelated, but something similar happened the last time I started painting after a bit of a break.
The thing is, I'm in a totally non-toxic studio now. I'm using only walnut oil paints and walnut oil as medium...so how is it possible for that to have this effect I wonder?
And on top of everything, my *very* expensive Air So Pure air purifier started making an unpleasant odor when I run it. I hadn't run it that much in the past, but I'd never noticed an accompanying odor. It has an ionizer setting which I don't use but I wonder if it could really be on after all? Does anyone have experience with air purifiers?
Anyway, I hope I haven't developed some strange chemical sensitivity to the paints themselves. That would be nightmarish!
On a personal note, I've been having a very relaxing break, I still don't go back to work until Wednesday. I've mostly been reading and eating a lot, plus spending time with Aaron which has been great. For New Years Eve he cleaned out and reorganized the horror that was my walk in pantry (shoved full of stuff to the point of not being able to enter) and also cleaned out the cabinets under my sink where I used the same organizational strategy as the pantry. Yeah aaron!
I really must be the least organized librarian on the planet.