I’VE BEEN DOING what I thought would be the best thing with my RSI-type pain in the
upper arm; avoiding intricate movements with the mouse and giving my arm a work-out
by clipping the hedge or guillotining ream upon ream of paper here in the studio.
This was the wrong thing to do!
After watching me move my arm in various directions, the doctor tells me that my
problem is an inflammation of a tendon in my shoulder. I need to take a course of
anti-inflammatory ibuprofen and rest it.
My left arm is fine though, so, while I give my right arm chance to recover, I thought
I’d try and doing a drawing with my left hand. It’s an interesting experience; it
reminds me of the blind contour drawing exercises in Betty Edwards’ Drawing on the
Right Side of the Brain.
Here’s an attempt to add colour - again using my left hand. The awkwardness of this
drawing reminds me of some of my sketchbook drawings from my first years at art college,
so perhaps I went through a similar training process with my right hand.