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.

Making Masks

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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.

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Interested in having your own mask? Check out this information from the CDC – Centers for Disease Control.

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These seagulls are way too close so…
Do Your Part – Stay Apart.

Confession: I am an Art Supply (but Not TP) Hoarder

How did it get to be Friday?

I can’t be the only one unable to keep my days straight during this Stay-at-Home thing.

Thank goodness I have been hoarding art supplies over the years… no shortage here! (Pretty good on the TP front in case you were concerned for me.)

… and of course,

Do Your Part – Stay Apart

(Sktchy portraits in a Hahnemühle Nostalgie Sketch Book – A5 portrait)

March has been a Rollercoaster

… and we’re not done yet!

I was listening to Terry Gross’ interview with RuPaul on NPR’s Fresh Air the other day when I was brought to a standstill by RuPaul’s insight into the human condition.

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“Being youthful is about being flexible both literally and figuratively. In this life, if you can stay flexible, you have a really good chance of navigating a really rich experience for yourself on this planet.”

Wise words we all would do well to remember during these tumultuous times.

(Portrait of a Sktchy muse in a Hahnemühle Nostalgie A5 Sketch Book)