The Galaxy Art Journal is something I started a little less than one year ago to better cope with the unsavory components of my chronic illness life with Vascular Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, POTS and a slew of associated effects.
I bought a plain drawing journal and the local supermarket and set out to sketch at least once daily. Of course, there were at times weeks in between my entries because of illness and life in general but the intent turned out some interesting work and helped me realize how much art speaks to my soul. Ever since I’ve turned this coping mechanism into a hobby and lifestyle.
My art desk sits not far from my bed for ease of access. This is an activity I never get bored with as I tend to work on several different projects at once to keep my mind engaged as it exhausts easily dwelling on any one thing for too long.
Creating art is the one activity I can throw myself into without aggravating the mass effect of EDS on my musculoskeletal system. I can sit or recline while working on projects intermittently throughout the day with frequent breaks to stretch and not suffer untoward consequences other more physically engaged activities are likely to cause. What I love most is while I create my mind calms down from the bombardment of thoughts and all the chaos of life melts away.
This page is dedicated to the drawings contained within the galaxy journal. All works are original pencil drawings digitally edited and enhanced for an aesthetically pleasing experience.
— Dawn Marie (@DMFM369) September 23, 2016
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