Back in the saddle, here is my first piece since coming home from hospital after my heart surgery. I had a major problem to begin with in the fact that I couldn't see very well. My eyesight had become a complete blur as a side effect of the operation and also, a suspected side effect of one of the drugs I was on. I went to my GP and she checked over my eyes, I could only make out the big A on the first line of the eye chart but there was no obvious cause. So I was told I had to just give it more time and see what happened. So I had to walk around with my reading glasses on just to see where I was going. However I did find that, with my strong glasses on and my nose pressed to the paper, I could see well enough to do a bit of drawing. I wasn't expecting much, just wanted something to occupy me and give me a bit of incentive to get out of bed in the mornings.
Taking a piece of A3 Bristol board and a reference photo from the Paint My Photo website, I had to work in very short sessions of from 10 minutes to half an hour to begin with as I was still a bit weak and fragile from the op. After about 30 minutes my arm would start to shake with the effort. So with all this I found it quite remarkable that after a few days I had managed to achieve this first stage.