My latest drawing Mountain, is slowly growing. Last week I was able to grab some quality time, but not as much as I would have like due to a bad case of RSI in both my hands. I haven’t experienced this much pain for a long time and it annoyed me greatly, but I know that I must take some breaks and let my hands ‘settle down’.

I know that my drawing style as well as the amount of time I spend on my work have contributed to my problem. I am taking a large dose of fish oil capsules each day and up until recently they seem to have done their best to keep my hands pain-free.

Anyway, back to today’s drawing. It’s quite obvious that this isn’t an abstract work, more semi-abstract. There are ‘known’ parts and other parts that can be interpreted a number of ways.

As the title implies, this drawing is landscape-based in both content and layout. I want to finish this one before the end of the month, as I intend to concentrate on preparing myself for my trip to Cairns in March.

I will publish an artist’s statement when the drawing is completed.


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8 Responses to MOUNTAIN: UPDATE 3.

  1. Kate Bausch says:

    Take good care of those hands! Lots of breaks and rest. Have you tried splints? I have numbness and pain and my dr. recommended splints but I haven’t purchased them yet.

    I love the spots and shapes in this piece! It feels warm and playful to me. Perhaps it’s just my state of mind, as I am about to take a week of vacation in Southern California (where I hope it will be sunny and warm!)

    • artkleko says:

      I have rested my hands over the weekend Kate, and they are much better today. Thanks for your tip regarding splints, I will keep that in mind. Glad you like the drawing. I’ll post another update on Friday. It’s 120 x 80 cm, hence the sore hands! I am determined to finish it before I head to the tropics in March.
      Hope the weather is warm for you in Southern California!

  2. Phil Davis says:

    Hi Richard, sorry to hear you are in pain, I know where you are coming from, unfortunately, all part of the great experience of getting old.
    At least it doesn’t seem to be affecting th quality of your work.
    All the best for the New Year and good luck with your move to Cairns, I have friends there.

    • artkleko says:

      Hi Phil, All the best to you too, for the year ahead! I agree about us being at ‘that age’, but I’m determined to keep at it! Maybe the hotter Cairns climate will help.
      Who are your friends in Cairns?
      Regards, Richard

  3. Gillian says:

    This piece reminds me of molten lava – intriguing!

    I sympathise about the RSI – I find I have to vary what I do during the day and not sit at the drawing board for more than about an hour at a time. One of the reasons I don’t work on large pieces.

    You can get a kind of bulbous grip thingy that goes over the pencil shaft so your fingers are not so cramped. Might be worth considering.

    Take a look here –

  4. Richard Klekociuk says:

    I too, work in bursts Gillian. I find that long periods drawing only do more harm than good! I am determined still to draw large pieces when I ‘need’ to!
    Thanks for the website, I have visited it and I’m impressed.

  5. This is really interesting. Thanks for posting it. By the looks of the comments, many others think so too.

  6. It’s really interesting. Thanks for sharing…

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