When Barbara's mum went
into hospital two or three weeks ago (she's out and she's fine now)
it was such a sudden thing I ended up at A & E still wearing
You can tell that I was
in a hurry because I didn't grab my sketchbook, which is always
to hand in a shoulder bag, along with a pencil case-full of pens,
Luckily in the glove box of the car
I keep an old plastic notebook cover with a small pad of recycled
sheets in it; so these alder cones were drawn on
the flip side of one of the pages of a recycled Gary Larsen Far
Side page a day calendar.
I wouldn't choose an old blue ballpoint
pen (probably one of those which charities keep sending us) to draw
with but it's better than nothing. I drew this maple leaf
and keys a few weeks ago when I had 20 minutes to spare
before an appointment for a haircut.
Luckily Barbara had a rather better
black ballpoint pen with her so I switched to drawing with that.
There were long periods of waiting, either for tests or the results
of tests, so I left Barbara and her mum in A & E.
I headed for a bench I'd seen by some
shrubs and drew trees, wood pigeons, a jumping spider and a wasp
scraping wood from the bench.