Artist Susan Hicks Blog | Living through Myasthenia Gravis with Art

Blog in Two Parts: Melasdesign Art blog and “Living with Myasthenia Gravis” blog from artist and MG patient Susan Hicks.

Pipes Field Mandala; Melasdesign; art; West Virginia; industrial mandala; visionary art; blog
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Cement Pipes and Imagination

Something about these cement pipes struck my imagination. It seemed a bit foolish to ponder them over time, but each time I passed them on the way to the Rail Trail in Thomas, West Virginia, they caught my eye. With the promise of the trail’s gorgeous natural surroundings, the pipes probably go unnoticed by many. I imagined a new life for them in visionary mandala art. They became “Pipes Field Mandala.”

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social distancing; Coronavirus Myasthenia Gravis; COVID-19 Myasthenia Gravis
Living with Myasthenia Gravis

Coronavirus and Myasthenia Gravis

This blog post is short and sweet. Is the Coronavirus still circulating and you have Myasthenia Gravis? If so, social distancing is imperative. It is an absolute MUST that you stay indoors at home, while also not inviting people in. Self-sequestering saves lives and lightens the load on your area’s health system. If you do venture out, be sure it is away from the public. Take advantage of any opportunity to have groceries and necessities delivered, or at the very least, travel along with someone to go shopping, but send them in with the list. The following post briefly explains how the virus and MG may interact while also suggesting some positive ways to get through this rather unusual and unfortunate epoch.

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My Labradoodle Pet Portrait; artist Susan Hicks; Melasdesign; blog
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My Labradoodle Pet Portrait

Sometimes one good experience leads to another. This was the case when my first time participating as vendor at Artspring Festival art market in Davis, West Virginia lead to a challenging but rewarding commission of a pet portrait of Blanche the golden Labradoodle. Also rewarding was that the art commission came from what had to be one of the world’s nicest customers. There were trials and tribulations along the way while creating the detailed Labradoodle pet portrait, brought on by dealing with neuromuscular disease (which I detail in my blog Living with Myasthenia Gravis from a Patient’s Perspective). In the end the job was successfully completed and everyone was happy. Blanche, the model pup, looks happy about it too. Watch the video below and read on for my drawing techniques, physical trials during composition, how I became ambidextrous again.

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