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
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.
I’ve joined a public group on Facebook, A drawing A Day. This morning Mark Andres chose my sketch to update the group photo. Yesterday I took a walk along the water in Tiburon, California. My friend and I parked our cars near Blackie’s Pasture. For 28 years a swaybacked horse named Blackie stood in the same place near the road that goes into Tiburon and Belvedere. We all knew Blackie. Our children grew up seeing Blackie standing in the same spot. After he died, the corner grassy field looked like a very lonely place. Then, one day another horse arrived. Anthony Connell created a life size bronze statue of Blackie, so now the spot is filled with joy again. I said goodbye to my friend, got into my car and sat, looking out the window. Reaching for my sketchbook I drew the dogs circling the huge horse, running, barking and sniffing. Good! I have my drawing for one day.
Sketches made in Hawaii using Caran d’Ache Watersoluble pastels
Captain Cosy and Brad have a few minutes of quiet after a stormy day of sailing. It was great to sketch live models, friends who stayed in one place and didn’t get up and walk away never to be seen again, which happens when I sketch in a city cafe.
What is interesting to me is just recently I saw this photograph of Megan taken a month ago. My son-in-law must have taken it when I was drawing her, although in my sketch she was listening to music on her cell phone.