Stress affects my ability to see, which makes creating art quite tricky!
I can still see, but I can't concentrate on the details on the page right in front of me. I can't see the "wood for the trees", as the lines dance on the page. Sometimes I think I am losing the plot, and I get quite angry with myself in these moments as I tend to make mistakes.
Honestly it sounds silly; as stressful as it is, drawing takes me to another place away from the hurt and stress in my life.
It makes creating art very time consuming, and costly. I sweat through the pages with my anxiety and pain-induced sweat and smudge my work so badly that I need to start over. My A3 prints typically take me over 1 year to create.
I am looking at other solutions to assist my art creation, and the iPad Pro with Fresco looks impressive!
Here is a behind the scenes look at my process of drawing in various mental health states.