This blog is …
An artistic exploration.
I can’t promise to be prolific or an expert – but I hope to show progression and I hope to illustrate a personal creative journey.
So I’m an artist with ME/CFS …
In January 2007 I was diagnosed with ME/CFS – sometimes called Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), Post Viral Fatigue Syndrome (PVFS) and in the US called Chronic Fatigue Immune Deficiency Syndrome (CFIDS).
I had to leave employment through my illness and I am unable to work in any conventional sense.
Through my art I can work for myself within my means for a modest income.
I am chronically ill, am housebound for much of the time and have battles with all sorts of unpleasant, demoralising symptoms and health problems due to my ME/CFS. This illness has put the brakes on just about everything in my life including my progression as an artist.
I have a wonderful supportive husband, family and friends, and I still have some creative juices left.
I just do …
I do what I can towards my art – it’s a welcome escape from the day to day ache, fog and lets face it – bore of a chronic illness.
My blog gives me a focus and impetus for that little artist within.
Due to my illness I have certain limitations (which shift and change) so I focus on what I can do and then, umm, doing it.
So a lot of the time you will see drawings (doodles), pop-ups, paintings of animals, people and characters plus photographs because these are possible.
I sell my work online through my web site and Folksy. I also do commissions but need a few months lead time due to my health constraints.
I am …
I am Rachel Groves, I’m 39 and live in Lichfield, Staffordshire, England, UK (in the Midlands). I’ve worked in I.T. (e-learning) as well as many administrative jobs in the private, public and voluntary sector. Posting a drawing on this blog is so much more rewarding.
I love to laugh.
If you need to contact me leave a comment or email rachelcreative [at] yahoo.co.uk
I use an A6 sketchbook (Surrey) for my day to day drawings with a Faber-Castell PITT black artist pen. I use a basic 12 colour palette of watercolours with half pans designed for artists on the move. I use a medium Pentel Aquabrush for adding colour to my drawings as it uses minimal mess/effort, and makes working very portable and accessible.
I scan my drawings and small paintings with an Epson Photo Perfection 4490 scanner. I crop on Photoshop and tweak the balance to get as close to the original as possible.
Watercolour doesn’t always show as good as the original. I have been known to correct drawings which went only a little bit wrong using Photoshop to patch in drawn corrections in order to salvage them but I try to show you the drawings as they are in my sketchbook.
My paintings are on canvas in acrylics using glaze medium.
For day to day photography I now use a digital SLR (a Nikon D40) or a sometimes still a digital point & shoot (Canon Ixus I Zoom). I occasionally use Photoshop to crop digital photos and adjust balance.
I also use a Holga FN with 120 film, a Vivitar Ultra Slim and Wide with 35mm and have other “toy” cameras - a Splitcam and an Action Sampler.
I have a small collection of vintage cameras (620 and 120) which I use film in and have done some TTV (Through The Viewfinder).
For digital art I use Photoshop and sometimes an A4 wireless graphics tablet.
Spam poems come from spam in my main personal email account.
Me on the web …
This Page Last Updated 15 October 2012