Today I am reposting “The Power of Teal” from August 2018 when Simone Biles reigned supreme at the US Gymnastics Championships. The teal leotard she wore then was to honour victims of sexual assault, which she, and members of the US Gymnastics team, had all been subjected to over so many years. The following year she then became the first woman to win four all-round World Gymnastic Championship titles.
Today after withdrawing from the Tokyo Olympic Games in order to focus on her mental health, a decision that USA Gymnastics supported with their statement, “We wholeheartedly support Simone’s decision and applaud her bravery in prioritizing her well-being,” adding, “Her courage shows, yet again, why she is a role model for so many.”
Sadly, she is now being subjected to shameful and despicable commentary on her decision from people who in so doing have demonstrated the depths of their ignorance and hate.
My drawings and paintings are my way of demonstrating my support and admiration for someone who is a true role model and inspiration for us all.
She is today and always will be the greatest of all times.
The Power of Teal – August 23rd, 2018
Celebrating the athleticism and sublime grace, artistry, strength, and courage of Simone Biles who reigned supreme at the US Gymnastics Championships last weekend.
The teal leotard she wore was to honour the victims of sexual assault, being a survivor herself.
“The colour is for the survivors. I stand with all of them…” Simone Biles
A true hero and inspiration for our times.
Some good news yesterday that four of the children separated from their parents at the US border in 2017, one of whom was only three, will be reunited with their parents this week. Sadly the parents of far too many have yet to be located.
A little get well bouquet for my beautiful granddaughter whose leg is in a cast today. There’s no one braver and I love her to bits.❤️
And a second little bouquet for our other beautiful granddaughter whom I love just as much, after her first ballet recital today. What a star she is.⭐️❤️
Thank you to Inés Beatriz for a wonderful virtual watercolor workshop today; what a treat. And thank you to the BC Surgical Society for including it as one of the Virtual Wellness Activities in this year’s program. Visit Inés’s lovely website inesbeatriz.com to enjoy her work, particularly her beautiful pet portraits. If you have a pet that you love you will love them all.
…on International Dance Day, a day of both celebration and remembrance.
The sun broke through on our walk this morning in the Pacific Spirit Park illuminating these beautiful young maple leaves as we remember Sub.Lt. Abbigail Cowbrough and her five co-Canadian Armed Forces crew members, Sub-Lieutenant Matthew Pyke, Master Corporal Matthew Cousins, Captain Maxime Miron-Morin, Captain Kevin Hagen and Captain Brenden Ian MacDonald, all lost when their helicopter came down in the Ionian sea a year ago today.
Only eleven days previously Sub.Lt. Cowborough had been playing Amazing Graze on the deck of their ship HMCS Fredericton to honor all those murdered in the mass shooting in her home Province of Nova Scotia.
In Remembrance 🇨🇦 Nova Scotia Strong
Collage on a rainy Saturday afternoon in the studio. You never know what a little tearing and recycling will result in. I think I’ll title it “When it’s raining outside.”
Moments from the moving funeral of HRH Prince Philip the Duke of Edinburgh today.
May he Rest In Peace.
On World Art Day, a little plein air drawing of our glorious camellias…
…inspired by “a bramble,” circa 1505, by Leonardo da Vinci whose birthday it is today.
“Where the spirit does not work with the hand, there is no art.”
― Leonardo da Vinci
I was honored to join my General Surgery colleagues virtually this morning after the recent installation of my charcoal/pencil drawing “The Meeting Point” in the ICU at Vancouver General Hospital. It was also an opportunity to recognize and congratulate the unit’s ECMO team on their recently receiving B.C. Health Care’s Gold Apple Award for their collaborate approach to life-saving patient care.
The drawing was made one year ago to thank our frontline healthcare workers and was donated to the Hospital Foundation. Here is the description that accompanies the piece:
When the Science of Medicine meets the Art of Medicine to save lives in the COVID unit at Vancouver General Hospital. I would like to suggest that ECMO, which stands for Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation, could also stand for Ever Compassionate Medical Optimism, thanks to the dedication and bravery of our frontline healthcare workers epitomized by the caring nurse-specialist portrayed in my drawing.
With my gratitude to Katharine Knowles and the VGH and UBC Hospital Foundation for accepting my gift and for so thoughtfully hanging it in the Unit, and to Dr Adam Thomas for his photograph which was the inspiration for my drawing.
Enjoy BC Health Care Awards presentation of the inspiring work of the VGH ECMO Unit: