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Monday, November 28, 2011

He's Drawing Again!

It's taken some time, and a lot of coaxing from me, but finally Bob has put pencil to paper and begun to draw again. The first time I put an artist's sketchbook in his hand, all he did was write his name over and over, which--don't get me wrong--is good practice, but not quite what I had in mind. When I asked him why he was writing his name and not drawing a picture, and he told me, "I'm progressing."

Today, I handed him the sketchbook and I asked him, specifically, to draw me a picture of what is was like to have aphasia. Of what his brain/mind felt like, to him.

This is what he came up with:
Aphasia Mind (click to enlarge)

Mind you, he is drawing with his left (non-dominant) hand.

"The Words" (click to enlarge)
He then asked me to turn the page and he drew another one, this one he called "The Words"....He often uses the phrase "the words" when he cannot come up with the right word. He will hit himself on the forehead and say, "the words, the words!" when he can't find the right word....  OK, I know this one looks a little, um... sensual.... but...

Of course, he's nowhere near what he used to do, i.e.:
One of Bob's Drawings, pre-stroke-- Pen & Ink

But I am so happy he is drawing and using his creativity again!!


Barb Polan said...

Yet again, you have brought me to tears ... what progress! And he agrees with you that progress is important!

Anonymous said...

D. So he's doing a good job drawing what's on his mind. Maybe the "sensual" ones are what he misses?? I'm happy he is trying. One day he will God willing draw us all an incredible picture like the one you show!! Take care. Luv ya, Patricia

Sal said...

I think Bob's pictures are very creative. They are the kind of pictures anyone can see what they want. I think it is great that he is trying to draw. Way to go Bob.

Nikki said...

That first one makes me think of a giraffe rendered by Picasso- it's cool!