Sarah Rowan Dahl

Painter.  Photographer.  Freedom Fighter.


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The doc said it was incurable. It almost killed my art. Almost.

Posted by Sarah Rowan Dahl on September 20, 2012 at 8:55 AM Comments comments (5)

I've been silent for almost a year in the land of blogging.  In August 2011, my hands and joints felt disabled from a sudden and extreme inflammation that made holding my children difficult, much less a paintbrush.  It was depressing to be honest.  I had to take painkillers just to function, and numbness made my entire arms tingle for hours.  

In March 2012, I was diagnosed basically with rheumatiod arthritis and placed on 3 medications so toxic that alcohol and conceiving a child were off limits.  The swelling reduced and I was able to open and close my fingers for the first time in months, but the drugs were taxing.

By early September, I had to increase my medication because I was still in pain...but my body decided it had had enough and found myself almost in the hopsital from stomach pain.  That moment, I decided I had had enough of the medication too.

SIDE NOTE: Cortisone shots in your wrist 8 hours prior to a LIVE painting gig isn't enough time.  hahaha.  Turns out my body didn't like the stuff and my hand was not my own.  I painted over the canvas the following morning.  LOL 

I felt a grace to shift my diet to remove all inflammation triggering foods, and stopped my meds.  More importantly, I felt God's healing presence stronger than ever and here I am, over a week without medication, almost all the soreness from my hands is gone and I feel myself again.  

I'm back.  I'm grateful.  Go Jesus.

UPDATE March 3, 2015:  I still believe in healing and still believe it can be a process and a journey.  For whatever reason the journey didn't end there and I am back on medication, this time Enbrel, a weekly injection as well as natural supplements, healthier diet and swimming.  It's humbling to ask for help opening tight jars and fatiguing quickly, but I'm still optimistic.  My ankles and knees and fingers may feel like crap some days, but you can't take my joy.  (ok...I'm writing this when I'm in a good mood, let's be real...sometimes I'm frustrated and running low on joy...but not tonight.)

Hi Lovely Customers! Suggestion Box here

Posted by Sarah Rowan Dahl on June 12, 2011 at 1:50 AM Comments comments (7)

Hey, I have too many pages on my website until I figure out how to condense the space, please leave your comments and testimonies concerning my work in your home...whether painting or photography!  Thanks heaps!

35,000 Doors

Posted by Sarah Rowan Dahl on April 15, 2011 at 6:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Big doors swing on little hinges.  You never know what a seemingly small encounter, conversation, email, etc. will impact your life on a scale larger than your imagination.  

This week a postcard advertising company called Avant Card launched an image of mine called "Not Forgotten".  I was selected as an emerging humbled and honoured...and thrilled to pieces.  Roughly 35K of these postcards are currently being distributed to 400 venues throughout Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane.  I see them as 35K doors of opportunity, a chance to make someone smile, desire to paint, remind them that they are loved, and maybe even attract a few clients.  Who knows?  Anything can happen.

Use What You Have

Posted by Sarah Rowan Dahl on March 29, 2011 at 7:06 AM Comments comments (2)

Just about everyone I meet either wants to be an artist, or has a creative soul so deeply buried they don't know where to start.  So I just wanted to take a moment to say to anyone reading this...create something.  Stop allowing blank paper or canvas to intimidate you...grab a pencil, a brush...heck, a stick on a dirt path.  Take 5 minutes and analyze your artwork with as much precision as a 3 year old.  Drink a glass of wine or blindfold yourself if that what it takes, but if you incorporate a few minutes of creative exploration into your life each day, I personally believe you will find it both enriching and invigorating.  I'd keep rambling but the baby just woke up...LOL.