Ahhhhh…..

Another girl drawing from Jane's class

(Yep, the philtrum – that piece of tissue between the nose and lip – is wonky in this drawing.  Never mind, it’s another chance to learn…  This one was done with prismacolor pencils, using the cream prismacolor to blend, on plain journal paper.)

Went to the pain management specialist today – he agreed that the pain was the same as last time, so we’re going to try what worked last time – the facet joint injections again.

He did also offer nerve cautery – but if I can get away with just the injections, I will.  The main thing is to get me walking again, because the doctor pointed out that a good 1/2 hour walk (you have to be just slightly out of breath but still able to talk) is worth so many mg of morph1ne for pain relief, and a 45 minute walk everyday is as good as an ant1depressant… I’m not going to argue, I know I’ve read such studies somewhere, but it will take a while for me to work back up to that level.

So I probably won’t be online much this week… we’ll see how things go with the new psychiatrist tomorrow.

 

This week…

So this week in Jane’s Supplies Me class we’ve been working on blending pencil drawings and adding some watercolour.

Learning that coloured pencils don't like to blend on rough gesso!

(one side of the face is deliberately left unblended to show the difference.  This blending was done using a cream prismacolor pencil –  I have yet to try blending colour pencils with the other choices: GamsolBlender Marker pens, and “Zest It“.)

This one was on plain paper, but wrinkled due to glue on back of the page...
Getting better, but started too small to work on the details...

The next two pictures were for Week 2 Mixed Media homework – we were learning to draw backs and bums (I’m not good at arms yet, LOL!) and the assignment was to include coloured pencil with watercolour and acrylic, plus play with stencils.

Mostly 'armless...
Again, wonky arms, arrgh!

I don’t think either of those pages are finished yet – more paint needed on both.

I’m trying to catch up with the classes (haven’t watched the videos from Suzi’s class yet) but again, my back has been bothering me. Boring and whiny, yep.

We haven’t been to anything for the Carnival of Flowers – I’m hoping to see at least Queen’s Park and Laurel Bank Park next week, while they still look good.  It’s a busy week though – Monday I see the pain management specialist, and Wednesday could be the hospital procedure to help my back; Tuesday I (finally!) see the new psychiatrist, and Friday is my appointment with the Helpful Psychologist.  Thursday is my regular day for our little scrapbooking group, where I usually draw or do stuff in my art journal, but if I have the facet joint injections on Wednesday I might not be up to sitting on Thursday.

I’m REALLY hoping that the specialist agrees that I need the injections – now that the weather is nicer I would love to be able to go for walks – but right now it’s a struggle to walk between the house and the studio.  Fingers crossed that he’ll agree!

What I’ve been reading: a very well written paranormal, from a male author  – Hounded (Book 1 of the Iron Druid Chronicles) by Kevin Hearne.  Very clever and funny.  Now I’m waiting for the library to get the next two books in the series.

 

Stork Raving Mad - Book 12 in the series

Stork Raving Mad by Donna Andrews: I’ve been a fan of her Meg Langslow series since the first book (Murder with Peacocks) = they’re cozy mysteries (which means that even though there are murders, you don’t have to read about gore) and each book really does have something to do with the punny bird in the title.

Art and Max by David Wiesner came in to the library, too – and it more than lived up to my expectations!  Definitely on the wish list.

So that’s the week…

Drawing faces… and fingers crossed

Wonky weird faces, yeah, but recognisably FACES!  Most of these took under a minute.  No joking.  JANE is an AWESOME TEACHER!!  This is the first lesson we’ve had in drawing faces and she breaks it down so it’s very doable.  Quite different to Suzi’s style – I’m loving that I’m learning so much from this online stars!

[as always, clicky for biggy]

An A4 page of basic faces...
And another A4 page!

Importantly, I discovered that I do not enjoy doing preliminary sketches using the Prismacolor pencils – love ’em for shading, but HATE them for drawing!  I’ll be doing some more of these but either using the Prismacolor Verithins (which sharpen to a satisfyingly CRISP point) or the black Prismacolor Col-Erase pencil.

In other news, we saw our lovely GP today, and she’s managed to get me in to see the pain management specialist in the next fortnight!  My back has not eased up at all and it’s now stopping me from even walking very far – so something has to be done.  I had a series of facet joint injections some four years ago which made a HUGE difference – I’ve been trying not to go down that path again  (it’s a hospital procedure) but I just can’t stand the constant pain any more (not to mention the icepacks, brrr!).  I’m hoping that once my back settles down I’ll be able to walk more for exercise… fingers crossed.