In 2007 I was diagnosed with 2 progressive conditions and had to give up work, university and many of my hobbies which were sport based. Finding myself lost I looked for ways to fill my day and my daughter offered to teach me to draw a face. After laughing my head off ( my bad drawing skills were legendary at the time) I tried her method and actually ended up with something resembling a very wonky face. I was so proud of the girl I had drawn and named her Isiah ( eyes higher as one was way higher than the other). Since that day art has been my friend and my saviour through thick and thin. I may not be an artist who is ever revered for her skills but my mind set is that as long as I enjoy sketching, art journaling and intuitive painting I am happy and that is all that matters. I have let go of the idea that my my sketches need to be rated ‘good enough’ and use art for the purpose I believe it exists; to be a friend, a comfort, a confidante and a support in times of need.
I have wanted to join The Sketchbook Project for the last 2 years but only this year have I felt ready to join in. My style is whimsy with a touch of ‘what on earth’ and my mantra is ‘let whatever you do today be enough. Hence I chose the theme ‘No Worries’ for the book.
I tend to mostly draw whimsy characters and scenes as my portrait skills are still lacking, and I do love whimsy and oddness. I hope to try and stretch myself and leave my comfort zone for at least a page or two and see where it leads me.
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