Adaptolution: Painting with Watercolors

Adaptolution: Painting with Watercolors

 

As a child I was signed up to numerous dance classes, I went to gymnastics camp more than once, I was a midfielder on a soccer team, and I spent most evenings training with my synchronize swimming team. In between all of my athletic pursuits, I always found the time to huddle over a sketchbook and draw.

Now, I like to think that drawing, along with my past athleticism, helped me cope with my spinal cord injury. I had a spontaneous hematoma in my spine, which was misdiagnosed by doctors. My injury was near my neck and it had partially paralyzed my arms, hands and lower body. I could hardly grasp a pencil for the first two years after my injury.  I forget how weak I was during that time because today Ive made more than a couple 6ft by 5ft paintings, which would have not been possible back then. I wouldnt allow myself to be that weak and my best friend, Samantha wouldn’t allow it either. I remember her coming to visit me in my hospital room, bringing color pencils and a notepad with her, and handing it to me saying, Draw me.” With frustration, I went at it and I tried hard not to give up-seeing the light scribbles on the page which resembled something a child would draw with their non-dominant hand.

Yet, I liked what I saw. There was something interesting about the drawings I did while my hands were weak. The shaky and scribbly lines abstracted my subject matter and gave them a completely different identity on paper. After recovering the use of my arms and hands, I continued using scribbly thin lines along with watercolors in my artwork during art school. Drawing helped keep my sanity during the early months of my spinal cord injury, and although my subject matter wasnt rendered well at the time (speaking in a traditional sense), it allowed me to consider the different approaches to art, like abstraction and illustration. That puts me where I am today- an artist, illustrator and wanderluster.

*check out Patti’s art at http://www.pattipogodzinski.com

Humor and Painting

Humor and Painting