A friend suggested that while I was immobilised, I could think about doing some sketching. It is something I have not taken a notion to do for more years than I can remember. I liked the idea and gave it some thought.

Hubby has enough to do responding to almost my every whim and supervising me when wobbling on the crutches. Before you ask, no, I have not mastered them. Trying to move short distances on the crutches gives the palms of my hands a break from the pressure pain, caused by hopping with a zimmer frame. Notwithstanding my limitations, some strategies for being a bit independent are evolving.

Sketching. First of all I would have to send hubby to find the materials. I am not sure where they are. I remember buying a video about sketching, colouring skills and ideas, to go with some lovely Keswick pencils, before such things were recorded onto CD’s and DVD’s. This would be a great opportunity to get on with watching it, but……….for the moment, we are both having quite a lot of domestic changes to adjust to, without adding layers to them.

Inspiration: why don’t I download some arty apps onto my iPad – so I did. There were a couple of free ones that did not appeal, one tried to suck you into cloud storage with Adobe. There are two apps that I decided upon. One is free the other I paid a nominal asking price. If I don’t get on with either of them, there won’t have been a large investment.

I have't worked out how to upload this in the correct orientation, but, you are able to see my very first attempts at creating with digital art.

I have’t worked out how to upload this in the correct orientation, but, you are able to see my very first attempts at creating with digital art.

Digital art creation on an iPad is strange. It feels like there is less control over the progress of an opus. There is obviously a technique to master. Of course, all these apps are sooooo eeeeasy to understand. I am still working out how to save what I do and find it again. You erase something, you get the outline of the erasure when you apply your correction. The best I can say so far, ( early days yet) I have the time and space to experiment and hopefully, improve. Also a couple of hours disappeared while I tried to acquaint myself with digital sketching. One thing I am really good at is using the eraser.


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