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June 3, 2020

SCARED

New York City is "reopening" on June 8th.  This was excellent news! Our "stay at home" shut down on March 22nd was associated with a big surge in Covid-19 cases, a peak, and then a slow decrease to meet the strict guidelines for our reopening.  Now added to the fear of many new cases in the Phase 1 reopening, there are peaceful protest marches for social justice of 1000s of people every day, with a separate group that is believed to arrive after dark in order to loot high end stores.  An 8PM curfew was set for the rest of this week, and looters are being arrested. 

Governor Cuomo was amazing during these months, and like lots of people across the US, we watched his daily briefing every day.  He used science and data to accomplish so much.  Now we are hoping that we won't have a separate peak of Coronavirus infections after so many mass gatherings.   Only 2% of virus tests are currently positive in NY- with 40,000 tests per day.  The low level of community infection, wearing masks, and marching outside may reduce the chance of a second wave after the protests.  In our age range, the fatality rate in NY is calculated at 44% and the chances of getting off a respirator is <20%.  Those statistics make me scared to reenter the world - even with a mask and gloves, and social distancing for a brisk daily walk in our neighborhood.  Looking forward to June 8th, with anxiety! 

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The figures were drawn on a quarter sheet of copy paper, painted with watercolor paints, and collaged onto a background sheet made on a Gelli Arts plate. 

May 30, 2020

Outrunning the Virus

"Stay at Home NYC" may end soon.  Some regions of NY State are ready to move into Phase 2 of Reopening, some just started Phase 1, and if the COVID-19 Statistics remain on course we will enter Phase 1 on Monday June 8.  I have never been so happy that we live in a state where the Governor believes in scientific evidence and data determines our path.  Since New York City was the epicenter for the virus, and it spread from Europe (based on recent elegant genetic studies), we had community acquired infections before the first case was documented on March 1st.  Most came through the 3 airports - LaGuardia, JFK, and Newark.  Antibody tests show that we still have active transmission, but test, track, isolate- the golden rule for mitigation of epidemics  - may slow down spread within the City even further.  But now I'm worried about spread from the parts of the country where science means nothing!   

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This is the 7th sketchbook page of my COVID-19 Drawings.  My figures are adapted from two photo books I listed several blog posts ago.  I draw on a quarter piece of scrap copy paper and use ink and watercolors to complete the drawings.  Each painting is then cut out and collaged onto a sketchbook page - frequently with a background of paste paper I made. 

May 23, 2020

Walking

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.

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May 19, 2020

Waiting

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.   

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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! 

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