Fay Ballard – Wednesday 21st June 2017 – Auchi Dialysis Unit, Hammersmith Hospital

Artist Fay Ballard is leading a weekly creative workshop with dialysis patients at Hammersmith Hospital. She is writing a weekly blog in response to her experiences.

It was a morning of conversation rather than art as the heatwave continued. Chantelle was asleep and woke briefly to say she was too tired to be creative. Olive was on good form and we exchanged news about our families and how we felt about the state of the nation, particularly in light of recent events. Michael was also in fine fettle but didn’t feel like drawing or painting and so we enjoyed a long talk about politics, air conditioning and exchanged our news. He pulled out of his bag last week’s drawing of 1 Poultry, ‘I can’t believe I did this!’ His family had been amazed too. We reminded ourselves how we had constructed the drawing, Michael recalling the key stages and his earlier drawings of simple cubes and rectangles. Next Wednesday he would have his second cataract operation, enabling him to see clearly with his left eye. John was watching the State Opening of Parliament on his television monitor and Michael decided to follow suit and soon settled down to see the Queen arrive. Irving was watching too, and I took my cue to leave.

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