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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!   


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 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 6, 2020

British Glass in the New Galleries at the Met

British Glass in the New Galleries at the Metropolitan Museum of Art:  Early in March, when I was taking one walk each day, and making one quick drawing along the way, I met a friend in Central Park.  It was very cold and windy and we decided to go into the Met.  By then the museum was reported to be nearly empty, and we washed our hands multiple times while inside.  These drawings are from the new British galleries, selected because I love the shapes of glass bottles.  The two small drawings on the bottom are from a tapestry in the gallery.  I left these unpainted because I really have never achieved the ability to paint reflections in glass.



May 2, 2020

Rooftop Water Towers

This is one of the final drawings that I did in March when I was taking one walk per day - with no human contact because coronavirus had arrived on March 1st in New York City.  I walked 1-1.5 miles and sketched something I saw and liked in my neighborhood.  Then we were quarantined on March 20th and now I don't have an urge to draw, either something in my apartment or from photos.  This has to change - and I'm confident it will.  I sketched with my non-dominant hand, inside, for 6 weeks 2 years ago when I broke my wrist.  And I've had themes for drawing during certain months - elephants, figures in motion, hands from the American Sign Language alphabet to name a few.  But my pandemic brain needs to find something that excites me and that hasn't happened yet.  Patience....

I love the New York City Rooftop water towers and these were seen in a residential area on the Upper Eastside of Manhattan.