Columba, We have the same setup here as in the UK. When I first arrived here it seem so much better, everything was so modern and no waiting. Over the years it seems to have slowed and slowly got out of date. We still do not have centralised electronic records. Worse comes to the worst we can always go to the States and pay and you will probably get treated by a Brit trained doctor.
aws, Thanks for the analysis, not my best side though. The prof has taken us through all of the body metrics in class but your picture does show one of my own variations so that is helpful as it was not obvious to me before. My drawing was partly from a pic where my head was tilted back which distorts most of the metrics and in this case it made the top of my head short. I am extremely flattered to see that you think I am any kind of competition, you have talent whereas I have been drawing for a couple of months. I just follow process and technique which I still have a long way to go to say that I have master that let alone say that I have artistic talent even if I knew what that was. Pressups are one of the best exercises as it not only gives the chest and shoulders a workout but the core as well. It is also something that we can do better than women. Rather than trying to do as many as possible you may want to try doing sets, you will progress faster. Try do 3x10 with a couple of minutes between
Columba, Always an engineer so when I outlined the drawing it was from measurements made from a picture scaled to my drawing. Unfortunately that is how I look.
I had my appointment with the physio yesterday and she re-affirmed that my knee joint is fine and the issues are all due to the muscle around the knee. It appears that I do not have a Baker's cyst and the bursa under the muscle that runs from the top of my calf to my quad is swollen. This is due to how tight those muscles. I am now keeping the knee strapped and icing regularly with a selection of new exercises to do.
We have all the real estate agents coming for a viewing today so we are being kicked out of the house with the dogs in tow. It is -15c out there so we have decided to take them to the vet for their checkups. It always amazes me that I can pickup the phone and get an immediate appointment for a dog but if I want to see a doctor it is weeks and then weeks for test results. Around here it is not worth making an appointment to see your doctor as by the time you see them you are either dead or cured.
NZC, Great 400s, there can't be much wrong if you can do that. I am not sure what art is, so far everything is about technique and practise. Well done on 45 years, that is a very long time.
Chris, good luck with the weekend but I am beginning to suspect that you are one of these very tough ladies who we seem to collect on this thread.
Columba, I do have lots of drawings but I am still trying to develop my skill so there is still a great deal to learn. The biggest challenge is not putting down a good likeness, it seems to me, it is all about about seeing what is wrong. Here is a one I am working on.
I am not being modest, that is not really my style, but it is not very good and I cannot see why. It is only a couple of hours work so I need to go through the detail in front of a mirror and see if I can figure out what is wrong. I will probably cheat and ask the prof.
I am off to the physio about my knee today so hopefully I will get a clearer idea what is wrong.
I don't like the sound of your virus so it is good that you did not run. I do remember you mentioning your cyst, did it interfere with your running. It is not painful to poke and prod, it just looks odd. My knee is still a bit puffy and stiff but no sharp pains, clicks or lockups. It still just feels weak and doesn't like one legged squats. For someone who has no artistic ability at all, I have really enjoyed my drawing classes. They are 9 to 4 so very intense but the teacher is very enthusiastic and the classes are small. In the advance course the studies are longer and she has us experimenting with different media, chalk and ink. My drawings don't photograph well but the chalk did so here it is as an encouragement to enroll.
I only started to draw in January so I hope to improve a lot as I have literally never done anything artistic before.
My knee did not feel that great this morning so I decided to run on the treadmill after doing some leg strengthening work. It turned out to be a great run and my knee behaved really well and I could have carried on for much longer but quit at 5k to be safe. I have my physio appointment tomorrow so it will be interesting to see what she has to say about my bump.