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.

There’s a Drawing in my Purse – San Francisco



Here it is January 6th in San Francisco and it looks like this. It’s warm and clear – no snow. (Those guys playing football, yesterday, they looked cold. Kaepernick went sleeveless and didn’t wear any gloves.)

Meanwhile back in California, I’m drawing with warm hands. I’m thinking of adding to my purse a moleskine sketchbook . My new years resolution was to make a drawing a day. I’ve already broken my new years resolution. Yikes! What kind of start is that? My goal is to keep my bag light. That means bare minimum – not heavy. I’m already carrying my water bottle. The basics include my wallet, my iphone, a pen or pencil, some paper and a pair of glasses, dark or regular whichever pair isn’t on my face. Oh, and a lipstick.

The trouble with drawing in one of the moleskine sketchbooks is the drawing becomes precious. You have to do one good drawing. You can’t just do 5 drawings which includes some warm up drawings. That’s the best way to draw. I guess the best thing to do is just draw on any paper that is around. I have no excuses. I can draw with my iphone app, Brushes, if I don’t have any paper. I may want to add some color. I could go back to carrying my 2×3 inch watercolor box, a small rag and a travel brush. Or, just pick up a flower or some grass and smudge it on the paper to add a little color. I’ve got lots of options.