Artwork by Monica Gunderson

Art and My Back Pain

Art and My Back Pain

January 28, 2016 at 10:38 PM

 	 Pain Art - Chronic Back Pain - artist Monica Gunderson

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Doing Things At My Own Pace, and That's Okay


I know I have been away lately and have been slow going on projects since December 2015. I have been suffering from lower back pain for about four years now. It has become strangely normal to me, and it would be foreign to me to fee no pain. I have had to really slow down this winter season due to health issues with my lower back. Winter time, I tend to have flare ups in my lower back because of this, I take some down time during the winter as needed. I am not sure if it is the barometric pressure or the humidity, but whatever it is it makes me ache! For this reason, some days are difficult for me to draw and or paint. When I am feeling up to it I practice my sketching and painting so that I stay sharp. The picture above is a drawing I did about a year ago, illustrating my pain when my right leg. Eventually, I would like to create more drawings and or paintings about my pain, but I what really enjoy focusing on landscapes, sunsets, animals, sea animals, nature, or folklore and mythology things that make me happy and am interested in. Not only that, but I work better when I don't feel like I have been run over by a herd of caribou! Lately I have been working on a drawing illustrating the ancient Egyptian myth about how honey bees came to the earth.

In the story it explains that Ra, the sun god, cried and once Ra's tear drops hit the ground they transformed into a honey bees. Once born, the honey bees then visited all the flowers and produced honey. Ancient Egyptians created many things with the honey and combs such as candles, food sweetener, medicines, ointments, and sometimes used during mummification because of this, bees where very important to the ancient Egyptian culture. So far in the illustration I have Ra's tears hitting the ground and a honey bee being born. I have added a few things to my illustration since my last post and am going to start drawing it in ink today.

I have an event in March 2016 for the Spring Handcrafter's Boutique at the First Christian Church in Manteca California. I am also planning on showing and selling my artwork at other local Modesto events. I am managing this pain and taking one step at a time. I don't intend on giving up! If you're interested in my artwork and events and would like to keep in touch, feel free to sign up for my monthly newsletter.


Hope You have a Creative Day!!!


Monica Gunderson

Fine Artist


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Monica Gunderson Fine Artist

Modesto CA