In memory of …my Dad

Today, May 3rd is my Dad’s birthday. Unfortunately he passed away on Christmas morning last year, to allow time for reflection today I decided to do something we both enjoyed – our Art.

Michael Knill drew from schooldays and in retirement started to reuse his art skills to produce several watercolour pieces which I have copies of in our home. When I left teaching and started to develop my art he was very encouraging. I now have some of his early sketches and sketch pads that he worked on in recent years. At home in the studio I use his drawing board. We used different mediums but a common shared interest in drawing.

So today I sat down by the waters edge in Swanage and drew my locality. As a family we lived in Broadstairs in Kent for many years and spent much time by or in the sea. Dad’s job as regional manager for the local water authority meant that we knew far more than most people about sewerage (the treatment of the more recognised sewage). Many families holidays at beaches and coastlines are part of my memories. Also a liking for ice cream which dad showed in recent years through his consumption on visits of sundaes at Morellis Parlour on Broadstairs sea front.

My focus today was drawing boats and I enjoyed the quiet reflection time.

The top picture is incomplete as in the true nature of vehicles two of the three boats drove off and I had taken a photograph so one to return to in the future.

RIP Michael Knill

03.05.1930 to 25.12.2017

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