What Keeps Me Going

As I move forward through this pandemic, it is getting harder and harder to find things to do. At the beginning of this ordeal, it didn’t seem so bad. Then the social distancing kicked in. I’ve tried to do as much as possible within the limits set. At this point, we are not allowed to do anything with people outside our households. Meanwhile, this disease is growing stronger around the world.

A lot of times, I like to start my days off with working out. Since I can’t go to the gym because it’s closed, I have set up some resistant straps so I can exercise at home. Click to read my blog on how I work out. The art room is closed as well. So, all my art has to be done in the confines of my own home. This is where things can get interesting. I’ve been doing a lot more sketching. I’ve also been pushing the envelope, making new characters during this downtime. It gives me time to play with things without interrupting my normal routine of painting.

You would think that because the art studio is closed that it would be very easy to paint in my house. Honestly, it’s quite the opposite. I tried to leave my home area to get out of my home space, so I can be in my art space to create something new. The ambiance is different, so it just doesn’t work out the same way. This cannot be explained. And you can’t force it, or it will not come out right. I’m learning how to work around the quarantine and now I’m back to painting full time, as this quarantine has been way longer than expected.

If this way of living becomes the new normal, I must figure out how to paint in my own house, otherwise, there are no paintings. These are just a few of the things that keep me alive and positive at all times. The creative process must carry on. I do what I can to stay sane by talking to different people on a daily basis. I hope you all are staying sane and safe and remember, be sure to keep more than 6 feet apart if you decide to leave your home.

About Jesse Cuellar: Jesse is an artist and a brand ambassador for Quantum Rehab®. An accident left him paralyzed from the neck down, so he uses his mouth to paint and expresses himself through his art. Jesse lives in St. Louis, Missouri, and enjoys painting and hanging out with his friends. Click here to learn more about Jesse.