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May 27, 2020

Back Injury - Time Heals

I had horrendous bronchitis in January and after two weeks of a hacking deep cough, I awakened with an episode of coughing and sudden back spasms from my lower to my upper back.  For days I couldn't bend at all, but heat and rest kept me as comfortable as possible.  SLOWLY my back pain disappeared over several months, just leaving a dull lower back pain on the right side when I'm sitting in some chairs.  As the pain decreased, I increased my activities and did a few back exercises every morning.  These are figures from the moment I had the spasm and with the flexibility I now have.  It is almost, but not completely gone!   


May 23, 2020


I look forward to resuming my daily neighborhood walk (with mask, gloves, and social distancing).  My figures are already wearing their masks.  New York City still has to meet 3 criteria in order to begin Phase 1 of our reopening.  The fatality rate for my age group is 44% here, and <20% in my age group come off a respirator.  I'm glad that our Governor is being very cautious because our surge to the top of Covid 19 cases was quick, and it took weeks for the number of cases and deaths to decline to where we are now. 

My recent small figure drawings were made in anticipation of resuming my walks.  Drawing these figures each morning after breakfast is the way I'm slowly returning to drawing - so I will be ready when our "stay at home" restriction is lifted.  It hasn't been hard to maintain staying at home in view of the statistics listed above.  My husband and I learned about "deferred gratification" early in our lives and stay happy - ZOOM, FaceTime, and Google Meet keep us in touch with friends and family.




May 19, 2020


Waiting:  New York City is still in "stay at home" mode, but there were scary photos of young people standing outside restaurants drinking this past weekend when the weather was nice.  We watch Cuomo's Daily Briefing everyday and are waiting for the City to meet all of the statistics to begin a careful Phase 1 reopening.  My husband and I do stay at home except for our very brief trips to the neighborhood grocery stores before 7AM - having other groceries and drug store purchases delivered.  So my recent figure drawings are called Waiting.  The figures are collaged on a piece of paste paper I made. 

I'm listing my two artist figure drawing books below the image because I love having them as references.   



Mark Edward Smith  The Nude Figure:  A Visual Reference for Artists

Phil Brodatz and Dori Watson:  The Human Form in Action and Repose 


May 16, 2020

Future Joy

Can we even imagine when this Pandemic will be controlled?  Yesterday Gov. Cuomo began Phase 1 of his reopening plan.  This will be done by regions in the state, based on 7 Covid-19 statistics.  In Phase 1 Construction and Manufacturing can open.  Plans must be outlined and workers kept safe.  The State Government website has a dashboard for following daily health statistics, by region, and if the Rate of Infection goes above 1.0 in the next 2 weeks, closures will be reinstituted.  New York City residents will remain at home until at least 6/16. NYC's hospitalizations, and deaths are dropping, but we have an additional 3 criteria (beyond the region's criteria), that must be met before NYC can enter Phase 1.  My next figures drawn will be housebound again.  I was just happy for the people in the regions of NY State that could return to work! 


May 13, 2020

Bad Social Distancing

Bad Social Distancing: I'm trying to kickstart my drawings since the full quarantine went into effect on March 20th in NYC, and I stopped my daily walk and drawing sessions in my neighborhood.  These are figures that I sketch after breakfast from two figure drawing books.  In my last blog post I sketched social distancing, so this one is "Bad Social Distancing."  The drawings are done on a quarter of a piece of copy paper. painted with watercolors, cut out and then collaged to the page.  The background painting was made as paste paper -acrylic paints textured with a Lego plate.


Stay Home and Stay Safe.   

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