All Wound Up
As of this writing, I am seven weeks post-foot surgery and a follow-up visit to my surgeon officially informed me of what I already knew: things are not progressing normally and I'm looking at least another six to seven weeks before I will know whether this surgery was a success or a colossal misadventure. I am not surprised - disheartened to be sure - but not surprised as I've been through complicated, trouble-ridden recoveries with all ten of my previous surgeries. I just happen to take much, much longer to heal. Familiarity with the situation does NOT breed patience and I am struggling to keep my spirit intact. Fortunately, I have a very compassionate and attentive medical team and whenever I break down in tears (which is nearly every visit), they listen and soothe and convince me to just stay the course. So every day, I try to do a little something fun in between all the miserable moments and all the napping on the couch. Sometimes that means binge-watching Netflix or reading escapist novels or doodling around in my sketchbook.
I have lots of little collections around the house and I really like documenting them. I get a lot of practice rendering different types of surfaces in watercolor like plastic, metal, glass, and fabric. Grouping similar objects also makes an interesting page with a completed, composed feel. In the case of these wind-up toys, I discovered that it was quite a challenge to make these drawings look like studies of the actual toys as opposed to cartoons of imaginary critters. In the end, I really liked this page and decided that I will draw a second set at some point in the near future (hence the label "Set One.") What a wonderful coincidence that the pharmacy I have to visit so frequently these days also has an excellent selection of wind-ups in their gift section!