Never have I been more thankful for my hairdresser! And before you judge… yes, my cut was allowed following New Hampshire’s structured reopening plan and masks were worn by all. (I’ve obscured some of the text on these pages for privacy.)
Since a few of my in-person workshops this spring were cancelled I treated myself to a short workshop featuring one of my favorite illustrators, Ohn Mar Win. I’ve been following her on Instagram, Ohn_Mar_Win, and I’ve been particularly taken with her recent floral illustrations. See for yourself, they’re exquisite!
The best part of taking her class has been revisiting my comic arts dip pen fitted with a flexible G nib. I used it with a favorite permanent ink, DeAtramentis Document Brown.
There’s nothing like learning something new to get me smiling.
In fact, I’m still smiling.
Globally we crested three million positive COVID-19 cases of which one million are cases here in the United States. I also heard that more Americans have died from COVID-19 than died over the twenty years we were in Vietnam.
In the face of these sobering statistics I searched for a little happiness.
It seems we can’t read any article without being inundated with assorted charts and tables. It’s too much to take in at once so I try to clarify the daily news as I work in my journal.
There are more tough times ahead but we’re tough too. It’s not easy but we’ve not been enlisted to fight in a physical war. Instead, we’ve been requested to stay home for the sake of essential workers, first responders, health care professionals, neighbors, friends, family… and people we don’t know but are as loved by someone as our family is loved by us.
… and keep drawing. That’s been my mantra all through this month of social distancing. Yes, I miss meeting up with my art buddies but I refuse to let that stop me. After all, it’s my art journal that helps me make sense of the world and keeps me sane (or some semblance of it.)
By the way… have you noticed how the news outlets each spells this disease differently?
COVID-19, Covid-19, covid-19.
Well I read on our local e-newletter that it’s really an acronym for “coronavirus disease 2019”. Both Merriam-Webster and the AP Stylebook prefer the all caps version, the New York Times prefers Covid, and The Economist has been going with covid.
I think I’ll go with COVID-19, mainly because I had no idea it was an acronym… I learned something!
Moleskine Art Collection – Watercolor Notebook – A5 portait orientation
subjects drawn from photos posted on the Sktchy app.
Early last week Dr. Fauci asked us to prepare ourselves for a massive death count and to do everything we can to mitigate these losses.
But what could I personally do?
I made face masks.
When was working I always chose tie masks over the elastics when I could, and I know many other health professionals feel the same, so I went into production for the hospital, along with family and friends.
I’m sure you’ve heard them all… sometimes all of them in one sentence!
I originally meant to post this last Friday and the RuPaul quote today but without a schedule I’ve been getting my days mixed up. I’m sure I’m not alone as we all adjust to the ever changing situation. Stay safe my friends…