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In Context—Richard’s Elbow

November 27, 2019
Quick brush pen and watercolor sketch of Dick reclining on the TV room sofa—elbow infection very swollen and red (OK not quite that red, but almost). Canson 180 sketchbook.



The sketch today and its caption pretty much explain everything.

A couple weeks ago Dick had pain in his elbow and it was very swollen.

I of course thought Lyme Disease since he’d been walking in a field a couple days before and ticks are still active up her.

That turns out not to be the case and more tests are being done. He claims it hasn’t been painful since he started the antibiotics that first night in Urgent care, but it is still very swollen, read, and hot to the touch. Something is going on.

Of course I like to know the reasons/causes/instigators/ etc. We might not know. 

I sat in my TV chair parallel to Dick and sketched this without turning to face him—and the proportions are really off and I love it. 

This is one of those days I didn’t feel like sketching because of my eyes, and sketched anyway. Something fun and loose showed up on the page.

Eyebrow Update

They are still taking over the world. On this day I decided to paint them green.

    • Kathleen Michael
    • November 27, 2019

    Like this watercolor sketch. The first thing that caught my attention after the red elbow and hand is how well you did his chest, the thickness, width, and angle of the pose. Took a picture of this for practice and will try to duplicate it at some point. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Reply

      I’m glad you enjoyed it, but try to get better angles than I did. I don’t know why I didn’t turn my body. I suppose because I knew I was going to do something quick! But you watch your angles and do better.

    • Valerie Kellum
    • November 27, 2019

    Is he a draftsman or engineer? There is a condition that used to be referred to as “Draftman’s Elbow” Joint bursa becomes inflamed and possibly infected (septic) as a result of prolonged pressure. Just a thought. My dad suffered from this and even now, at 92, it will still flair up occasionally if he falls asleep in a chair with his arm supporting his head :). I love your use of red to bring attention too the inflammation:(. I hope he is well soon.

    1. Reply

      Valerie he’s an engineer, but he does do a lot of CAD work. Also he is a swimmer and I’m worried that’s had something to do with it. I will definitely bring up this up with Dick! Thanks so much for mentioning it. I’m sorry that it continues to flair up for your father, but I’m really good you still have your dad at 92! And thank for the comment about the red. It was the first stroke of color I made. I hate to see him injured!

    • deb mostert
    • November 27, 2019

    Ouch! is the first thing I thought….and then the tenderness of this drawing in light of your struggles. Best to Dick for a full recovery (as a fellow swimmer too, aches and pains in elbows and shoulders seem part of the deal) hope the antibiotics get on top of the infection. And all best for you Roz as you continue to gamely manage your new vision realities.

    1. Reply

      Ouch is right. You would not believe how fiery the area was. He’s done two courses of antibiotics and the last draw didn’t show anything when cultured so either something is hiding in the joint out of the blood stream or he’s going to keep getting better. (It no longer looks abnormal!, but it is still slighly warm!) We just carry on! Thanks so much.

    • Tina Koyama
    • November 27, 2019

    This is perhaps the most colorful I’ve seen Dick, red elbow or no!

    1. Reply

      Oh, Tina, I don’t know. There are some of those marker sketches I have made of him where he is orange, blue, pink… But that red.And I think last week I did a painting of him with a red face. (Not scanned yet.)

      Come to think of it, in general I’m using a lot of red. Hmmmmmmm.

    • Lillian
    • December 3, 2019

    It is the stroke of green eyebrow that I love the most! Thanks for sharing this sketch.

    1. Reply

      Thank you! I love that too. Dick is a blond who swims and only uses shampoo. What can I say?

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