Artists – Use What You Have

(c) Adair Heitmann 2020

Recently I’ve been dealing with a major health crisis that requires my full-time attention,  managing severe side effects of treatments, and being fundamentally exhausted every day of every month. To deal with this major life upheaval I fully embrace my introvert self and go very internal, diving deep into rest and reflection. I nap when I am not having treatments or managing side effects. I come up for air briefly for a short period of time once a month right before my next treatment. I thought I could work at my fulltime job while undergoing aggressive treatments but I’ve learned the side effects are so strong, unpredictable, and completely flatten me that I’ve had to take a medical leave from work to focus solely on my health.

Eight years ago in January 2012 I wrote an essay for the Fairfield Writer’s Blog “Writers – Use What You Have” about the power of creativity and the value of not reinventing the wheel. You can read the blog here and view the book I mention in it Haikus of Nature, Family, and Art by Adair Wilson Heitmann at The Sketchbook Project — Brooklyn Art Library here.

Enter September 2020 and the Fairfield County Arts Association Virtual Art Show Call for Artists. I received the information awhile back but was too sick and exhausted to even consider submitting. Then weeks later I opened an email reminder and since I was in my brief moment up top I wondered “why not?” Even though I pushed myself to submit to the exhibition I used my own advice to use what I had and submitted a recent fine art unedited photograph that was readily available. Now seeing it in the virtual art show, I’m glad I did!

Creativity & wellness message for today: trust your own best advice and then follow it.

2 thoughts on “Artists – Use What You Have

  1. Dear Adair, I’m sending you blessings for health, strength and wellbeing.
    Take good care of yourself.
    Please send me your address.
    I would like to send a gift, my book: An Artful Path to Mindfulness ( you can read reviews and foreword by Jon Kabat Zinn on Amazon or Goodreads.
    You may find some of the creative exercises, downloadable meditations including body scan meditation and loving kindness meditation helpful.
    I’m sending you big love,
    Janet Slom

  2. I love the fact that all the creative and spiritual work you’ve done for so long is paying off now. I think about you often, and your narcissus are lovely. I’m so glad you submitted the photograph. Wishing you a peaceful time of it…

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