Yesterday, I spent a really enjoyable day, painting out on Marine Drive, with David.
His children had booked him on one of my Coastal Painting Holidays, as a treat for his birthday.
We had blue skies, hot sunshine and loads of laughs. David was great company and before we knew it the six hour day was coming to an end.
He produced two good oil paintings that he was happy with and the day lifted his creative spirit and prompted him to continue painting when he returned home.
One of the really satisfying aspects of the day was watching David immerse himself into his painting , enjoying himself and getting more and more confident as the day progressed.
Made even more gratifying as David has early stages of Parkinson's disease , and was coping well with the shaky hands and stiffness in his joints that accompany this.
Despite his condition, David was a tonic to be around his mood was positive , his conversation upbeat, and he really threw himself into doing his upmost best.
David's outlook was to not give in to his condition , but to raise himself up to the challenges that it brought to him.
I was really inspired by him and it gave me a real sense of pleasure to be able to share a day's painting with him.
Well done David! You are an example to us all, not to give up but to pack as much into our lives as is possible.