Thursday, 29 May 2014


Thank you to everyone for your kind thoughts and good wishes.  When she was not well my dear Mum always used to repeat 'Every day, in every way, I get better and better', and I follow her example.  There is power in positive thought.  And I also think of Frida Kahlo and her determination.

This was the last sketch I did before the pain hit me on Sunday 18th
Coloured pencil 

Normal creativity is beyond me just now, so I am sharing with you what I call 'real' sketchbook pages, rough drawings.  The following sketches were all done for Lynn Cohen's Paper, Paint, Pencils and Pens blog where artists share quick sketches to a theme - well worth looking at and joining, I love it.

You can see what I mean when I say these are 'rough sketches'.  The current theme on PPP&P is 'My Daily Life', and I was determined to do a very quick sketch almost every day.  It's amazing how focussing on drawing can mask pain for a while, though I was pretty-well zonked out anyway.

The first thing I always do every day when I get up is look at the sky.
When Dev got me up for early pill time I quickly sketched
the unusual cloud formation in coloured pencils.

My new digital radio, which helps to pass the time.

Dev had bought me a huge bunch of carnations.
I didn't think I'd be able to draw them
but I was very pleased with the result in coloured pencil.

With Dev's help in running errands to choose a few pieces of pre-gelliprinted papers for me,
scissors, glue, and anything else I suddenly needed,
I managed this simple collage of a Windmill Flower.

And finally, one of my silly doggerel doodles:


I brush, I mop, and then I clean,
Swipe away any dust that can actually be seen.

Stop for a drink, a ciggie and a rest,
I may not be good but I'm doin' me best.

When I've banished all the dust and fluff,
I'm all worn out, and I think I've done enough.

Just wash the windows, no more time,
Say I'm finished - and they'll think it's fine.

Just the one sketch a day was all the creativity I had energy for in one day, but it did me good.
I hope you have enjoyed this glimpse into another of my many sketchbooks and I hope you are all well.

Linking to Paint Party Friday,  and Manon's Paper Saturdays


  1. Sorry you are still in pain, I know things like that, and glad you are still keeping going! Valerie

  2. You are so brave, Jez! I hope you are getting better. Your sketches are enjoyable and your story too. Have a nice week. Happy PPF!

  3. am so sorry you are still unwell, however you have produced some wonderful sketches and especially love the last one with the Happy PPF, Annette x

  4. You've made lots of art despite not being well, that's quite a task if you ask me. All your sketches is lovely but one thing hit me, the tiny bell on your bedside table. I don't want to be sick, but I would love a tiny bell like that. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Oh these are wonderful little sketches! I love all of them and I love especially Mrs Mopp! Get well soon!

  6. Well, you sure got a lot done considering ... Also love that bell on your bedside table (too bad Dev can't hear it), and your new/antique radio looks lovely. I want one like that :-) Hope things'll get better and better with you.... Keep courage!

  7. Trying for the 3rd time, Jez. Each time when I scroll I lose your page. Wishing you healing and freedom from pain. I love your sketches. Your sky painting is wonderful. I am very conscious of the sky these days, not only because of the rains we are having but also because of the book I am reading. It is The End of Night and is on the subject of light pollution.

  8. His work with many details are lovely. Saludos

  9. Sorry to hear you're still in so much pain Jez. You have such a good attitude though and I do agree that art helps. You have such a nice variety of projects here. Hope you have a great weekend free of all the pain.

  10. I've enjoyed seeing your pages through PPP&P and here. Hope that you are feeling a little better now and that you will have a good weekend.

  11. Oh my I am so sorry dear friend you are in such pain! How horrible! I hope you soon feel better. Pain is so debilitating... I do hope you are improving. I can relate right now... I keep thinking positive and have wonderful care that and art helps. Your side table looks so much like mine...I even have a bell that I have had since the eighties!! Such lovely pieces...thanks for sharing! Sending healing love and light to you!!

    Big hugs Giggles

    Hugs Giggles

  12. Sorry to hear you are still in pain, but your sketches are wonderful, you are an inspiration. Sending healing prayers your way.

  13. Thanks for giving us a peek inside your sketchbook. I am sorry you are in pain but so glad you were able to work through some if it with art..

  14. I really hate that you aren't feeling on top of things... and back pain is not fun... hoping that by the time you read this you are feeling a bit better and stronger... i am very taken with the carnation sketch... really lovely colours and you have captured the papery petals so beautifully...xx

  15. I too am so sorry you are still in pain. I know how that is. Please take care of yourself. I will put you on my healing list and light a candle for you. Your "rough" sketches are works of art. Just lovely

  16. I am sorry to hear that you are still in such pain - art can help mask it when you are able. You've done some wonderful sketches in spite of the pain. I am praying right now for some relief.

  17. I'm sorry to hear you're still in pain, my dear friend. However, I praise the Lord for the wisdom of your mother's words and your artwork, which are helping you stay positive. I believe that's half the battle when things aren't right in our lives. May the peace of the Lord be with you and heal you quickly. Take care!

  18. I hope you are feeling better soon! SO dedicated of you to keep on sketching through it all! Happy PPF!


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