Sunday, December 18, 2011
These are more doodles than realistic representations of a tree, leaves, and branches. I had two pages left in my Sketchbook Project 2010 sketchbook and some time to kill so I started drawing the above doodle. I liked it in the simple pen & ink lines but decided to add colour to it with coloured pencils. I had an idea in my head, but it did not translate into reality, as I saw it in my mind's eye. I immediately regretted adding colour and hated it. So, I redrew the image (more or less) on the last page of my sketchbook, as you see below.
Initially, I liked the black and white one better. However, when I scanned these onto my computer a month had passed between the time I had created these and the time I scanned them in. Now, I like them both. I like the coloured one just fine.
Neither of these are in my usual, realistic, style. They are more whimsical than I normally draw. As it is, most of the work in this sketchbook, although fairly accurate representations, are not in my usual "finished", "tight" style that I use for larger pieces and commissioned work. I purposely decided to keep things "loose" and casual in this sketchbook.
For the most part, most of my sketchbooks, are filled with loose lines and raw drawings. I use my sketchbooks to work out ideas, capture moments, and relax. I leave my more detailed, finished, work for larger pieces that are either commissioned or are meant for display at an art show and for sale. My sketchbook work is not meant for public display or art shows (although I do have a sketchbook blog that I do show my rough work, for those who are interested -- currently it is mirroring this site with the Sketchbook Project 2012, but normally it stands on its own).
This is the 3rd to last post about the Sketchbook Project 2012. I will have one post showing all the work together, and then one last post when my sketchbook is up on The Art House Coop site, with tour dates.
Saturday, December 17, 2011
Near the beginning of 2011 I woke one morning with the feeling that I slept on my arm funny. There was stiffness in my left arm, radiating to my jaw and back. I did not think of anything of it. I often wake up with stiff joints that get better with movement in a few hours. However, as time went, my arm was in more and more pain. It got to the point, a few months later, that I could no longer move it. I went to emerge and urgent care a few times and was told I had a torn rotator cuff. Pain medication was not having much effect. My doctor sent me for ultrasound. The ultrasound showed my rotator cuff was fine. I had what is known as frozen shoulder.
|The frozen shoulder joint |
Medical Multimedia Group
Yes, I know I should have had my arm checked out sooner, but at this time my husband was going through some pretty serious health issues, himself, and it did not seem the right time to be out of commission, myself. I also kept hoping it would just get better on its own.
I started physiotherapy with Pan at Lotus Health Care Clinic. Pan is amazing. He is a very pleasant person too. He laughs at my corny jokes. The physio is extremely painful, however, it is working.
We had a set back when I fell in the kitchen two weeks into the therapy. I had been carrying something into the kitchen and my ankle gave out. I fell hard on my arm. Pan was very patient with me and quickly got me back on schedule.
I now have full mobility back, although it is still painful. I am working on strength now. My arm is still weak, but getting better and better.
The drawing of the building was done one morning while I waited for the clinic to open. I usually get there 15 minutes before they open and I sit and have a coffee and get caught up on my internet reading (using instapaper on my ipod). This day I happened to have my Sketchbook Project 2012 sketchbook with me and decided to do a quick drawing while I waited. This was done in about 15 minutes, while sitting in my car, parked across from the door.
Lotus Health Care Clinic
1225 Wonderland Rd N
London, ON N6C 2V9
Friday, December 16, 2011
This self portrait was created by looking at a mirror in my lap. I drew it upside down just to make it that more unusual. This was just a quick sketch done with a few scribbles of my pen.
You can see the image better when it is right side up.
Here they are together so you can see them better.
This is not the best drawing I have ever done, but it was fun to do.
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
As much as I hate to admit it, this pretty well looks like what I look like right now. I would have loved to draw me young, svelte, and beautiful, however, that would have been an illusion at best and a lie at worse.
One of the inevitable things in life is that we age, and our bodies change as we age. Some people age better than others. Me, I look younger than my age, but I certainly look matronly now. I joke that I look like a Portuguese mother now. Of course, I am a Portuguese mother!
The colour red goes beautifully with my olive skin tone. It is a colour I enjoy wearing.
The background is organized chaos. That is more or less what my mind and life is like: organized chaos, with little dangler bits to grab a hold of, now and again.
Generally speaking, life is good.