I have work at the Mabee-Gerror Museum of Art (in Shawnee, OK) in their 2014 Regional Exhibit- "From Authors to Artists" which runs until the end of the month. This event supports literacy in the region and they are waiving admission for anyone bringing in a book donation. My mixed media art piece includes pages from Robert Heinlein's work.
Also tonight (11/13/2014)- you can play X Marks the Art again in OKC to win a huge stash of art made by local Oklahoma artisans--- if you are seeing this post and it is still Thursday the 13th...
GO NOW! and check them out on Facebook and Twitter to get in on the fun and free art! This is a double-prize of art and extra big this time because there are extra treats rolled over from the Halloween art treasure hunt-- bonus!!
So ...Where did the time go?
Mostly I have been hiding in my studio working on sketches and preliminary stages art for 2015 shows. (spoiler alert- there are shifts, changes, and I am trying to push myself a lot-- is there such a thing as happy frustration?) Also I am trying to finish out as much as I can in my online shops for holiday buyers needing last-minute gifts. I am so very grateful for my international sales over the summer to Canada and the UK!! you folks have made my year and helped me learn so much about international selling and shipping- thank you for your business and patronage!!
Here's another thing about November...
It's Epilepsy Awareness Month.
One of the many things people find out about me sooner or later is I am epileptic.
The full-blown "floppin' around on the ground" (as Royal Tenenbaum would say) sort of seizures.
*These are called tonic-clonic seizures now-a-days. Sometimes I also get auras and absence seizures but not as often (and people just think I am not paying attention or staring off into space... it is sort of awkward in some situations).
by Amanda Shelton
Oil on canvas | 2013-2014
-Because I have lost jobs over it without ever having a seizure at work.
(mine are well controlled with medication, but sometimes I still have them)
-Because I have had to take medication that used to cost me $500 a month before the ACA passed, not even going to get into the fact I live in a state that wants to repeal it and has rejected funding to help further healthcare efforts (crap I did go there...I even use regular insurance, just thankfully it does not cost $2K a month because of my "pre-existing condition")
-Because a large population around me still believes that, if I have a seizure, I might be possessed by a demon (wtf?), just having a "fit" because I have a drug problem (false), diabetes (false), or thinks they need to shove a germ-covered object in my mouth to keep me from swallowing my tongue (impossible for this to actually happen).
-Because there is a stigma around people with seizures- see above where people are believed to be possessed by demons. There are connections between epilepsy and emotional disorders usually connected to simply coping. (Making art is wonderful therapy for this.)
So I am pretty sure awareness is needed.
When I made *myself* more aware of my condition, I learned about heroes who saved people during their seizures. I learned about Wesley Autrey, a man who jumped on subway tracks in New York when someone started having a seizure and fell off the platform. The train was coming and he was able to lay flat between the rails and the train as it passed over them.This is a TRUE STORY.
I guess my point is...I am not stating that awareness is just for everyone else.
In a way, when I type or say out loud something I learn, it helps me to learn too... how can I be better at what I am doing? How can I improve and be the best version of myself? I don't want my seizures to be a crutch... I want to be able to have a calmness for when they are not around. and that makes me feel like there will be less of them anyway... (sorry for rambling... but yeah... it's a blog and we are honest over here!)
I have made art about epilepsy and my issues with it a few times. I will post a few pieces in the next few days. The elements in them vary as they are created at various points within my timeline.
Awareness months typically are assigned colors also; I learned epilepsy has purple, so I painted a forest with a pathway of steps in purples last month, it is available in my Etsy shop.
by Amanda Shelton
8x10 acrylic on canvas | 2014
For more information on how to treat someone having a seizure,
check out the Epilepsy Foundation's website
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