A work in progress and getting back on track

The painting above is my present work in progress, I started it in February with the intention of completing it and using it as an entry for The Sky Arts, Landscape Artist of the Year 2018. but I missed the deadline date due to the interruption of bloody pneumonia. Therefore, it is still in the same state sitting on the floor in my studio waiting to be loved and finished.

I have never painted a light house before so I am looking forward  to the end result.  Unlike some artists I do not have an exact picture in my head of how a piece is going to turn out. I have a general idea or more of a hope of how I want it to turn out. Sometimes it does, sometimes it doesn’t, sometimes its better than I hope for, sometimes worse.  Its’s  one of the things I love about painting, never being quite sure what the end product will be. For now this one will have to stay where it is until next week when I will get it back on the easel and see where it takes me, Good or bad I will share it with you when it’s done. So fingers crossed it will end up piece I am proud of and not one that was a good learning exercise but a shit end result.

Until then I am the work in progress that is my focus of my attention. Don’t get me wrong I am a permanent work in progress. But there are times like now, I have to put getting back on track to the top of my to do list.  Above all else regardless of what I would prefer to be doing – like finishing that painting for example.  One of the joys of chronic anything, means sometimes there just isn’t the energy to go round

When I have had a period of acute illness, it then takes a while and a big kick up the arse to get back on track. Doing all the day-to-day stuff that keeps me as well I can be. Even after a  of cold or sickness bug this is the case. So now I really need a giant kick up the arse to get back to normal and back on the mission to get the best outcome from my hip operation.

I am now four days after finishing antibiotics and fingers and toes crossed pneumonia is done with me and won’t come back stalking, which is  obviously bloody great, as it was horrible and I do feel so much better.  However, the downside of this is it means it’s time for me to get back to working hard on hip recovery and getting it back to where I was at the end of February. I have already started with  a few little physio exercises and tiny little walks, but now I need to step it up.  By starting a more structured approached to getting back on my feet.

I know having a plan, some targets and even a time-table really helps with recovery of any kind. I know for a fact I have a voice, speech and am able to walk after two strokes,  because I used a very disciplined, structured approach to my recovery and rehab in the early days.  So I know I have to crack on and use it again.

We all know how to do things that are good for us. It is a shame though that knowing how, doesn’t makes doing it easy. Or that getting back on track didn’t involve eating lots of chocolate or cake. Doing what is good for you always involves bloody hard work. Which is why I have put me  getting back on track at on the top of my to do list, above all else.

 MY PLAN is simpleScreenshot_2015-04-29-17-22-40-1[1]

I am going to do this by sticking to these five things strictly for the next seven days as I know from experience it works for me (regardless of what illness or interruption got me off track)

Getting back into a sleep pattern

Being up lots of nights ill,  this often goes to shit. There is a lot of info out there about staying of devices and turning the telly off early to help with this, so I have downloaded an audio book to listen to in the dark and fully relax, rather than end up watching tv if sleep doesn’t come easily.

Do stretches morning and night 

and more if possible.  For me at the moment they are mainly hip physio exercisesm 3 hourly and a few extras to get the rest of my body moving.


have a week of over the top goodness –  we all know how hard it is to eat perfectly at the best of times and at the worse times includin being ill, it often all goes to pot. So for the first week of feeling better, it always really helps me to bombard myself with nutrition and it gets me back into enjoying good food cooking . I always treat myself to some of the amazing stuff  in m&S food hall,  I know I deserve it

Fresh air and walk 

even if I can only do a few steps, or a short time. This absolutely vital to me at the moment and should be at the top of my list, but I also know this is the one that is going to hurt the most right now,  I am doing structured walks at the moment letting so I can build it up slowly and know exactly how far I have walked if I suffer too much pain from I later that I have to do less the next time.

Everything else comes second to these things. 

Simple yeah? well again we come back to knowing what to do and doing it are quite often two different things. I will be honest I know the next seven days of doing these very simple things will be bloody hard work, it will be annoying and I will feel pain and fatigue for it, and I wont get it all right all the timem i will probably over do it and have too many vanilla lattes. But I know it will be worth giving it my best shot.

By putting these at the top of my priorities for just seven days, I know I will stick with it,  it as its only a week so its not unrealistic and once it’s finished I will be back enjoying some good habits and good routines. That I will stick with afterwards and until the next laps in posiive routine happens and fingers crossed that will be because of over indulgence of my summer holidays and not the interruption of illness.

So wish me luck, and feel free to share your ideas of getting back on track, I am always open to suggestions, and if you found any of this useful please share with your friends and family on social media.


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