Oil on Canvas
I am so grateful that for the first time in three and a half years I have recently been able to work most days . Following surgery in 2016 I have been suffering from a vestibular disorder which has left me with vertigo attacks, dizziness, balance problems, nausea, cognitive issues and occasional visual impairment.
There is no quick fix for this malady which is essentially a malfunction of the balance mechanism (vestibular) sending weak or mixed messages to the brain. Treatment is in the form of physical exercises undertaken twice daily (vestibular rehabilitation therapy) designed to make the patient slightly dizzy and/or off balance in order that the brain gradually learns to compensate. I have been undertaking the exercises religiously for 14 months now and am consequently much much better. I’m not 100% I still have my ‘off days’ and times when I simply have to sit down but I am so grateful to be getting back to somewhere near normal and of course painting. I’m getting there slowly but surely.
My improvement has also enabled me to crack on with the plans for a studio at the end of the garden. With an amazing amount of help I have managed to clear the site of a large old outhouse and its contents, clear vegetation and prepare the studios’ foundations. The site for the studio is 60 meters down the garden and there has been lots of toing and froing with heavy stuff in both directions – It’s been a hard slog. But the site is perfect – a quiet secluded spot. Happy Nick.
Thank you Dick, Tim, Ian, Nigel, Vanda and Colin I am very grateful for your help. It would have taken me a month of Sundays to get this done alone.
The garden is long and narrow and I have laid a path of stepping stones down through the three levels leading to the studio. Until the very end of the garden the studio will be hidden.
The site and foundations are ready for the studio which will arrive flat packed in many pieces next week.
Below will be my view from the studio (not that I’ll be spending too much time looking out of the window). There is more turf to be laid in the Autumn and more fencing to be treated to complete my ideal environment in which to work.