Ten months ago he suffered a series of strokes (59 yrs old). He is now in a wheelchair, in a rehab center, but alive and with ever increasing possibilities for a recovery.
Dennis is an author, and a screenwriter of significant note, and now, like a lightning strike, he is NOT! On my first visit some months ago, when we atleast knew he was not going to die, I asked him, "What do you need?" and he knew I was talking to the creative person, now locked inside his own body. His halting response was "repetition".
I am an artist, not an art therapist. I do have some teaching experience and I have been a qualified martial arts instructor. What could be more repetitious than the punching and kicking and endless practice of Katas.
So now I knew how to structure the time; 20 minutes "Basics", 20 minutes "Lesson" 20 minutes "free sparring" (free drawing)
The first lesson was more of an assessment session and I was encouraged that Dennis could "draw a straight line", LOL. So we drew a whole page of them.
Today the same and then adding circles and squares; Pick-up a marker, take off the top, draw the line, put down the marker and pick a new color, etc. etc. etc.
I do hope that I can keep Dennis interested enough, as we need to add the left hand to the process. His left hand is only about 60% useful right now
I am pleased that today, he was able maintain his interest and concentration long enough for me the make this sketch of him.
In a few weeks I will post some of his progress.