The question often arises as to how moods affect what an artist does. I have always found it very difficult to answer that question whenever I have personally been asked, but this past few weeks I have watched my own artistic performance - or lack of.
I suffer terrible insomnia and always have to varying degrees, but the past few weeks have been a nightmare. It isn't that I can't sleep, it's that I can't fall asleep in the first place. Goodness knows why I go through these times, but surviving on sometimes 2 hours of napping per day can really wear the feathers to the bone.
Tsunami Abstract and Sunset After The Storm are two abstracts created while severely sleep deprived and it's exactly how I felt at the time - overwhelmed.
At the same time as the insomnia my auto-immune disorder decided to really kick up it's heels. This meant severe pain as well as the insomnia, and I doubt one helps the other, but I refuse heavy medication at this stage.
Abandonment at Nightfall was an artwork born under a lot of pain and sleepiness and yet even though I have slept for one night [might just be good fortune for one night] I still quite like the artwork, and I am my worst critic ever.
Depression continued - yes, I get very depressed with so much pain and lack of sleep and "A Castle on A Cloud" came of that.
After a little sleep in a recliner - not in bed which was becoming an anxiety booster the minute I lay eyes upon it, I felt a little more "with it" and had a great deal of pleasure bringing out the beauty in a bird - a vulture. People either like them or seem to love them. Personally I love vultures.
During this time I also completed 2 commission paintings and restored several old photographs, so despite what I felt I still worked and for me, my art certainly helps with problems that affect many of us. It was just interesting to see the differences in my art according to how I felt.
Stay Well, and do not drive when sleep deprived!
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