A Moment of Kindness

Be as wise as a serpent and as tender as a dove.

In London far right groups clash with participants at a peaceful Black Lives Matter demonstration.

America Burns

I closed the curtains and painted all day. My heart was full of sadness. I thought of George Floyd and the picture of the policeman aiming a gun near a little black boy who was on the shoulders of, probably his daddy. The sadness has lingered and my body aches from the hours of painting, but the day was full of challenges like how do I make a bird’s wing ethereal looking. With the death of George Floyd comes an email from a friend, The Irish Blessing – over 300 churches sing a blessing over Ireland.

Drawing Birds in the Rain

With long yellow feet Snowy Egrets tiptoe through the grasses.

Spotting a worm they quickly spear it and, with a few jerks, swallow.
The Snowy Egrets hunker down in the rain.

On March 7, 2020 after meditation and sharing, I walked outside. Leaning against the redwood tree I sketched two snowy egrets finding worms in the rain. On March 19th California governor Gavin Newsom “ordered all individuals living in the state of California to stay home or at their place of residence” to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus disease. In less than two weeks my life changed. Instead of sitting next to people, I enter a room on Zoom. Meditation brings me closer to myself, Who am I really. Definitely, there are more birds singing!

graphite aquarelle pencil 4B, Tombow marker pen, charcoal pencil 4B on 5”x7” paper

Fridays at Five – SFJAZZ

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Tomorrow, I’m going to Friday’s at Five, a digital jazz concert. I’ll stay right here in my room.

I love to go to jazz concerts with my son. Before the lights are turned down low, we order a glass of wine and settle down for the show. I listen for a bit then I start sketching – eye to hand to paper. It’s dark during the concert so it’s always a surprise to see how the sketches turned out. My subject matter won’t be live performers. I’m looking forward to seeing what I’ll produce!

Check out. sfjazz.org. New videos will be posted on YouTube every Tuesday and there is an interesting selection of playlists to listen to on Spotify.

 

Drawing for Kindness

I draw for kindness. I draw for love. In this new world full of Covid-19, fear, aggression and loneliness we need to give and receive love. I wondered how I could do that. I can draw. I can draw for kindness. If my work gives a few minutes of happiness or contemplation to another person, then I have done my job.

 

Social distancing

It’s National Dog Day!

 

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Oh my, all the wonderful dogs in my life! Many hours have been spent on the floor drawing from their point of view. Here’s a toast to the two Bumpies, Billo, Rover, Mister, Brandy Alexander, Disney Wisney, Jenner Benner, Miles von Mises, and Cody Boy. I’m going through years of drawings and came up with a few to post. Drawing Cody is a Letterpress Artists’ book. The edition is 15 signed and numbered copies. The book is dedicated to all the family dogs who have been a part of my life. They have brought me comfort, laughter, worries and exercise! https://carlasaunders.com/2015/07/13/puppies-and-poems

Hey Thom!

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Hey Thom!  Hey Thom!  I’m listening.  I hear you where did I go? Nathan, you know, it’s all about writing but there’s always something else to do like texting Binny or  having a drink I can’t remember how to put a black frame around a drawing so the drawing doesn’t look all gray and fade into the background of the post. I’m listening. Hey Thom! Hey Thom ! did you know that Van Morrison wrote Listen to the Lion in San Francisco? But you knew that. And then there are my friends saying I haven’t heard from you are you all right? What’s that all about? oh I know, I haven’t been posting.

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On March 16, 2012 I entered a post titled Van Morrison’s “Listen to the Lion” A Tattoo. Today I tried to copy it and add that post to this one, but then the old post overwrote this post and so on. After hours of by guess and by golly I finally figured out how to add a link. Bottom line is just leave it, finish this post and get back into the habit of blogging again! https://carlasaunders.com/2012/03/16/listen-to-the-lion-a-tattoo/