I was in RI the past three days visiting my mother who is in a nursing home for rehab. She broke her hip last week and had to have a hip replacement surgery. My siblings and I are taking turns spending time with Mom while she recuperates. She also has Alzheimer's and forgets why she's in the nursing home. This is all so wearying for her but she is rallying. It's very hard to see parents get sick or old and frail. This has been an emotional week. One of my coping strategies is to draw. Here are 2 portraits I started while at the nursing home - one of my Mom, and one of my sister, Amy. It was a good way to pass the time there. The staff was very excited to see some art happening in their midst! Now that I'm home again, I plan to use these photos as a reference to complete the drawings.
Mom with Rhododendrons from Debby's Yard, 2008
watercolor, pastel and charcoal on Rives BFK, 22" x 30"
pastel and charcoal on Rives BFK, 22" x 30"