|A4 Watercolour Sketch - Jez|
Drawn in the Clinic Waiting Room and coloured at home
In 1939 my mother, sister and I had been sent back to England, while my father stayed on duty at his naval base. For me it was, in fact the first time in England and I found it so cold and wet, and the house seemed dark and had very little furniture. In addition we had a new baby brother shortly after our arrival, and we would look after him while my mother tried to sort out our new lives.
My sister and I played in the almost empty front room with little brother. I'm the little curly-headed horror in the pink dress.
We were rather mischievous children, and one day we had the idea of giving the baby roundabout rides on the wind-up gramophone that was one of the few things in the room. My sister would wind the handle to start the turntable going (without a record on it, of course), and my job was to help him sit up as he slowly went round. I don't know how he grew up to be so normal.
I drew this from my memory and imagination while waiting in yet another hospital clinic. I didn't feel like sketching the people around me, and suddenly this memory jumped into my mind. Strange how memories like this just come unbidden into the mind.
I shall send a copy to my sister, a fun memory to share and talk about on the phone - but I won't send one to 'little' brother, he probably doesn't remember it and is better off not knowing!
The finished sketch gave me a smile and made me happy to think of those times 75 years ago, so I am offering it as another entry for the Art Journal Journey
challenge of Moments of Happiness this month.
Linking to Art Journal Journey
, Paint Party Friday
, Manon's Paper Saturdays