Flashback Friday

As western Louisiana and more are continuing the clean up from Hurricane Laura I thought I’d share this journal spread from Friday, July 31st when Isaias was heading for the Carolina coast. Having lived briefly in Florida I’m still attuned to keeping tabs on all the Tropical Storms and Hurricanes. Every one of these storms carries the possibility of devastating consequences. My heart goes out to everyone still dealing with the aftermath.

As an aside, I’m quite fond of the triadic color scheme I’ve got here… Red Orange, Yellow Green, and Blue Violet.

Effeuiller la Marguerite

After a little research on Wikipedia it seems this childhood game of pulling petals from a daisy, the Marguerite, has a French origin.

I’m going with the French title since the only gender referred to here is linguistic… and it belongs to the daisy!

The lettering was applied with a brush and liquid frisket/mask. Once dry, the background color was washed across the pages and the mask was removed once the watercolor was fully dry.

Wild Horses

I hadn’t planned to take a blog “vacation” these last two Fridays but that’s what they became.

I’ve fallen out of my usual daily art habit and I’m working to put it back into place. It’s too important to let it all slip away.

A few weeks ago I was practicing my direct brush technique by painting one of my Breyer horse models and I can see areas where I’d like to improve my proportions.

I guess it’s time to paint her again. That should get me moving!

As Keith Richards and Mick Jagger wrote… “Wild horses couldn’t drag me away.”

Rest In Peace John Lewis

“Do not get lost in a sea of despair. Be hopeful, be optimistic. Our struggle is not the struggle of a day, a week, a month or a year, it is the struggle of a lifetime. Never, ever be afraid to make some noise and get in good trouble, necessary trouble.”

— Representative John Lewis
@repjohnlewis June 27,2018 on Twitter

“When you see something that is not right, not fair, not just, you have to speak up. You have to say something; you have to do something.”

— John Lewis

I started this spread thinking of my own mundane life goals when I heard of Representative John Lewis’s death. Just reflecting on his life goals is aspirational.

Drawn from a photo of John Lewis at the State of the Union address on February 12, 2013. Photograph by Pete Souza for the White House – labeled for noncommercial use.

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.