It's been a busy and emotional two weeks.
My Dad ended up in hospital and is still there.
His Parkinson's and physical dependency is now at the point
where he needs 24 hour care.
To be honest, he was at that point a year ago,
so we had to make the painful decision
to find Dad a placement in an aged care nursing home.
It breaks my heart but we have to put his needs first
and we know he will get round-the-clock care in a nursing home.
We will be able to visit him regularly
and it will be much easier for my Mum also.
Emotions are still raw and painful;
I've shed many tears and,
no doubt, it will get worse before it gets better.
Still tons of paperwork to wade through
and applications to lodge.
I have managed a little bit of sketching here and there.
This jug was my first attempt at Brenda Swenson's
Sketchbook Skool klass.
We had to pick a still life subject and, with a pen only,
draw a continual line contour without lifting pen from paper.
Certainly not easy but lots of fun.
This exercise is very good for hand-eye coordination.
After I did the initial lined shape,
I added some extra lines to suggest shading and shape.
In the next exercise,
we had to do a continual line contour of, not one,
but three still life subjects of our own choosing.
Note, that all three subjects are connected by one continual line.
Then we added watercolour.
I plan to play a lot more with this continual line contour exercise.
The result may be loose and wonky but I quite like that.
I bought a couple of Schmincke metal palettes recently.
This is the larger of the two.
I also bought empty half pans and full pans
so I could add some of my own tube colours.
I LOVE metal palettes!