I was going through some things tonight which has inspired me to write this blog and share with you some of the creative things he did.
Painting , pre-parkinson's, notice the change in style to the ones below.
When I was a chile these types of paintings used to remind me of the maggots he used to keep for fishing trips. He used to build up these paintings for months, painting over and over the top. They always ended up looking nothing like they had when they were started. I love the blended/ombre effects, now with my textile background I could see these making wonderful fabrics. If only we had the original paintings still I could make that come true. But unfortunately we have no idea who half the paintings were sold to.
This is one of my favourite, again the style has changed, this was after he had had the deep brain pacemaker fitted which controlled some of the tremors, but you can see that the previous style was still influential. Luckily I know who this painting was sold to and I can still see it in real life from time to time.
My dad was very keen on buying and selling antique items (usually mining lamps or war memorabilia) but one day he presented me with this beautiful pocket watch. At the time I thought it was a bit random having expressed no desire towards owning one (I was a teenager i think it's forgivable), anyway, I came to appreciate its beauty and now treasure it with all my heart.
When I was little he used collect minerals and being a magpie I was fascinated by the pretty colours, shiny/glittery stones and amazing patterns. I had completely forgotten about this one, he had a hole drilled into it and put it on a chain for me! I'm going to get it a better jump ring and buy it a nice chunky gold chain. I can't wait to wear it again.
I hope you enjoyed reading, and if you wanted to learn more about Parkinson's, or donate to the charity here's a link........