February has arrived DownUnder and I'm feeling quite happy that, during January, I managed to art journal daily, sketch weekly, and also take my self-portrait photos each week. Let's hope I can continue that way.
I did this sketch of Mikayla for January's Sketchbook Challenge. The theme was 'Highly Prized' and Mikayla certainly fits into that category. Isn't she cute? It's my very first sketch of her and I'm sure there will be more.
Sketched free-hand using graphite pencils in large Moleskine sketchbook
Below is my art journal spread for the past week.
I used acrylics to paint in the sky for the background.
I cut the dog image from an advertising pamphlet I received in the mail. I pictured him in a pool on a very hot day craving a cold soft-serve ice-cream in a cone. Heck, who wouldn't??!! YUM!
Acrylics/mixed media in A4 journal
I thought I'd also get in early with this week's self-portrait.
I ADORE gypsy-style earrings....just love 'em!
HEALTH NEWS - Brad is no longer on Tegretol because, after a few days of being on it, he noticed a change in his hearing where music and songs sounded like they were playing back in a lower key. Brad adores his music and this was extremely frustrating for him and driving him nuts! Normally, Bradley can tell you in an instant what key a song is playing in. I also noticed that Brad didn't seem to be hearing us if we called to him from an adjoining room. I did some research and, sure enough, changes in hearing is a rare side effect that happens to approx. 1 in 10,000 people taking Tegretol. It definitely helped to stop his right leg from seizing up but, unfortunately, it mucked up his hearing in the process. Brad is dependent on what hearing he has as he is already hearing impaired so we just couldn't risk the Tegretol causing more, and possibly permanent, damage so he stopped taking it. Thankfully, after 48 hours, his hearing returned to normal and he is a happy camper again. Of course, the symptoms for which he started taking the Tegretol are back too....it's like a Catch 22, I guess.
Oh, and a weird thing that I've been experiencing -
For a couple of days now, I've had this annoying sensation of a necklace being pulled tight around my neck but, here's the thing....I wasn't wearing a necklace! I've lost count of the amount of times I've tried to loosen this imaginary necklace with my hand before I've realised I'm not wearing one. How weird is that??! I was beginning to think I had a ghost hanging about who was mad at me. I did some research via Google and, surprisingly, I am not alone in this. From what I can gather, this can happen with stress or thyroid conditions. Hmmmmm, may need to go back to the doctor again. He is seriously going to think I'm a hypochondriac with all the things I've had going on with my body over the past year or so.
Anywhoo, I hope you all enjoy a beautiful start to February!
~ Love, light and peace ~