What Doesn’t Kill You…Hardens You.

When you live under a lot of stress for a very long time, you start to change.

Slowly, bit by bit, part of your old self starts wearing off. You may not notice it first, it may take a long time before you do, but after a while you realize there are things about you that are gone. You don’t make silly jokes anymore. You don’t laugh at things as easily as you used to. You may not stretch out your hand to stroke your loved one’s cheek… I say “you” but I mean “I”.

These are things I have noticed about myself, things that made me sad when I realized it. I think I have gone into a sort of survival mode in order to cope with the seemingly never ending troubles coming our way; financial and health.

The only way for me to handle it all is to dive into my creativity and I have always said that the day I no longer feel like being creative is the day I will be very worried about my mental health. If my creativity no longer feels enticing, I think I’m in trouble.
So I try to stay busy; constantly working on a new drawing, or like I have been doing lately; framing my “left over” drawings, those that were not part of my recent show at Downtown Subscription here in Santa Fe, and not part of the pop up art show I did in my garage a little over a week ago. I have a lot of drawings that I would like to frame, but as always I am out of money to get the stuff I need to frame them..like large frames, glass and matting…

Some of the newly framed “leftover” drawings of mine…



About David Fridlund

Born in Sweden 1974. Moved to Austin TX in 2009 w my wife.
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