The Numbers Roll On

I’m pleased to note that although the numbers here in New Hampshire are still increasing the additional cases and deaths reported each day are slowing. It seems hand washing, keeping six feet physical distance, and mask wearing has made a difference.

Let’s not take this good news for granted and now is not the time to let down our guard. We must remain vigilant even as we expand our bubble to include more family and friends along with starting to go out and about.

I know I’ve done a bit of in-person shopping, gotten my hair cut, even had an outdoor lunch at a favorite restaurant but I’ll also keep working in my garden and drawing my life because I’m… as Governor Chris Sununu newest catchphrase states… Safer At Home.

Off With Her Hair!

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.)

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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.

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There’s nothing like learning something new to get me smiling.
In fact, I’m still smiling.

April Only Had 30 Days?

Whew!  Seemed like April was really long.

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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.

I found myself laughing with Pluto, a very wise talking dog, and dancing in the kitchen with dj DNice and his Club Quarantine on Instagram.

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Spirits lifted, I believe I’m ready for whatever’s coming my way in May.

Tough Times

The news media has given us a torrent of data.

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.

Please stay safe and keep others safe too.

Stay Home – Stay Strong

… 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!

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Moleskine Art Collection – Watercolor Notebook – A5 portait orientation
subjects drawn from photos posted on the Sktchy app.