We walked in the Pacific Spirit Park today after listening to President Zelenskyy’s impassioned address to the Canadian Parliament in which we learnt that ninety seven children have been tragically killed in his beloved country together with so many of the country’s brave men and women and now including three brave journalists. Our condolences and thoughts are with all the families, friends and colleagues grieving today.
This drawing is from a larger piece from 2017 drawn in protest at that time to an event that had produced the same sense of heartbreak and outrage that I know we all feel today. Some of you may remember the full piece can be seen here: “From Spirit Park to Spirit Dark”
These sunflowers are a message of love and support as we continue to Stand with Ukraine.
666 + 177…in progress – Day LII
18 new leaves lovingly drawn for Valentines Day, and a special leaf from Day XXXVIII.
2020 look back #5
In Memoriam – Let these few images of remembrances from this past year represent all those who are sadly no longer with us. Today, the heartbreaking number of total coronavirus deaths posted worldwide stands at 1,807,472, a number that is hard to comprehend. The journey we are all on together still has a long way to go, as we say thank you to the heroes amongst us once again.
2020 look back #3
Perhaps the darkest day amongst too many dark days in 2020 was May 25, the day we witnessed George Floyd murdered by asphyxiation in real time for 8 minutes and 46 seconds. This barbaric criminal act resulted in condemnation and demonstrations across America and around the world and it highlighted many other crimes against the black population by rogue police officers including Breana Taylor, Rayshard Brooks, Eric Garner and so many more.
Inspired by the words of President Obama and in support of those marching for Equality, Justice and Freedom in New York and across America today, including here in Vancouver. “Juneteenth is a time to recommit ourselves to the work that remains undone. We remember that even in the darkest hours, there’s cause to hope for tomorrow’s light.” Barack Obama, 2016.
Sadly last week on December 22nd the name of 47 year old Andre Maurice Hill must be added to the list, unarmed and shot by a white police officer in Columbus Ohio.
666+…in progress – Day XLIII
Today has been a day about the best of us and sadly the worst of us. The triumph of the Covid-19 Vaccine is something to celebrate as we give thanks to all the scientists who have worked so hard to develop it, and the delight at seeing our health care heroes being the first to receive it.
It is also a day of sorrow as we remember the twenty precious children and their six dedicated educators who were murdered in Sandy Hook Elementary School 8 years ago today. These 26 leaves drawn over the last three days are dedicated to their memory. Their grieving grandparents, parents, sisters, brothers, families, friends and colleagues are all in our thoughts tonight. The souls of these beautiful children and teachers will never be forgotten.
Inspired by my dear friend Debi Riley a wonderful artist and teacher in Perth Australia who posted on IG recently (@debi.riley) how she was experimenting using a palette knife and ink, I experimented myself this afternoon and loved it. My subject matter should be no surprise. Thank you Debi.
666…in progress – Day XXXVI
12 new leaves together with their neighbours,
I have begun this drawing of the 546 leaves I collected today from the Pacific Spirit Park to represent the 546 children separated from their parents. As a parent and grandparent who loves his children and grandchildren so much this is my way of representing the heartbreak and the anguish being felt by so many families suffering in this tragic story of state supported kidnapping of children.
As the drawing continues I will post its progress and will be thinking of each child as I draw every one of these fragile leaves.
Dedicated to the memory of Samuel Paty
Once again the Place de la République in Paris today became the “capital of the world” to use the words of Francois Hollande after thousands gathered there and throughout France to protest and remember those lost after the Charlie Hebdo attack over five years ago.
Today they gathered in Paris and across the country to remember Samuel Paty the teacher so cruelly murdered in an horrific terrorist act on October 16th. The words I wrote on my post after the Charlie Hebdo attack on January 15th 2015
were very much in my thoughts today:
In the studio today my thoughts are very much with all the citizens of this great city as they walk in their millions for remembrance, for freedom, for tolerance, for love, for mankind, for the future.
Je suis enseignant
Je suis prof
Je suis Samuel
Looking again at my post from five years ago…
…plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose
May Samuel Paty rest in peace.
After enjoying a week of pure joy here at home sadly it seems nothing has changed in Trump’s America where the carnage and mayhem continues unabated with no end in sight.