In which I talk about the joys of painting, drawing, knitting, cats, music, living in London, and whatever else takes my fancy.
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Hand healing is progressing painfully slowly
The healing of my broken finger and damaged tendons is progressing - as confirmed by the physiotherapist yesterday, which is excellent news. However, the process is painfully s-l-o-w. Unfortunately for me, the precise way I hold my hands to draw and paint is extremely painful. When I forced myself to complete a new detailed illustration for a competition in August, my fingers swelled up again, and I felt like a character in Harry Potter being forced to draw by Dolores Umbrage! Apparently, tendons are like elastic bands, and in the healing process they have been tightened by scar tissue, so I need to loosen the scar tissue and very gradually stretch the tendons again to full range of movement.
Naturally, I am very disappointed about this: I am keen to get back to normal work with pen and paintbrush. Patience is required though, and acceptance that I can only do very short bursts of drawing at the moment. These tiny sketches are from the fantastic Womad at Charlton Park in July, and are of a scale and type that thankfully I can currently do.