Sunday, 6 November 2016

Pencil drawings and art therapy for the elderly

The last few weeks I am trying to get back into drawing again with graphite pencils.
I got a book from the library about High Country farming in New Zealand and found some nice images of shepherds and their working dogs.
I am planning to do an oil painting of a New Zealand shepherd carrying an exhausted sheep on his back with his dogs at his side.
Like the Good Shepherd carrying us when we feel tired and bugged down with life.
This week was a stressful week, I started a job on Thursday morning, but got a call that evening cancelling the job again. I had so hoped to earn some extra money for the wedding of my son Paul and Emma in December.

A working dog waiting in his kennel

A shepherd  with his dogs rounding up sheep
Last week I did an art session at the local rest home and the ladies painted a watercolour background and we made cards with the background adding ink stamped images and glitter paint.
The ladies enjoyed the session and the group is growing every fortnight.
Art class at the rest home
Coming week I like to make paper flowers from tissue paper, the classes are on a Thursday morning so I better start preparing the flowers to show the ladies a finished sample.
I love peonies and the paper flowers will look like peonies.

Painting with watercolours
I hope to have a better week ahead and wish you all a great week too.
I am part of Sunday Sketches


  1. I'm sorry to hear about your stressful job situation. It looks like you have a great group of creative ladies in your art classes. Blessings!

  2. Oh what a pain that the job was cancelled! I hope that something else comes along soon. Great sketches and it looks like all of the ladies had a lovely crafty day!

  3. Beautiful work, and I wish you a better week this week!

  4. I'll bet teaching those classes is so much fun, and you probably get as much out of it as they do.

  5. Lovely sketching and how wonderful to bring creativity to the elderly ~ thanks,

    Wishing you a wonderful week ~ ^_^

  6. What a busy week you've had and yet you still produce artwork. That's impressive. I loved New Zealand when we visited and can visualise your painting. Your sketches are brilliant so I can't wait to see your painting!
    Great to have your ladies enjoying creating too :D
    I hope your next week is just as you would wish it.
    Happy Sunday Sketches

  7. I am so sorry about your job. Hope you find what you need to make this a very special wedding for your son. I love that you are using your talents to teach the elderly. How precious are those sitting around the table using their talents.... LOVE< LOVE Love!!! I hope you do have a better week. Happy Sunday Sketches to you!!

  8. I just love and admire you sharing your time and talents with the local nursing home. How beautiful and it will go a LONG way. You might not see it but know in your heart that's one pretty amazing thing to do! Praying you find a new job. Maybe take this time to do a little more sketching and such. You're very good at it! :)

  9. Congratulations on the success of your art group that you're leading! I've always wanted to do something like that. Hope another job opportunity opens up for you soon.


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