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.
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
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.
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.