Art studio

War Child

In the early hours of the 16th of May six-year-old Suzy Eshkuntana was buried alive for seven hours in the rubble of her family home in Gaza after it was hit by an Israeli rocket that killed her mother and four of her siblings. Just a few days later I began this painting of her rescue, based on a photograph by the Reuters photographer Mohammed Salem, which as I wrote in my post The Rescue would “celebrate her young life being saved, and in memory of the family she has lost.”

The painting is now finished after almost three and a half months but over these past many weeks it began to take on a new meaning for me with so many stories of the loss, pain and suffering of children being reported every day: the discovery of the unmarked graves of children from Indian Reservation Schools across Canada; the 9-year-old boy injured and orphaned in an Islamophobic attack on his family in London, Ontario; children killed and maimed in the bombing of their schools in Northern Syria; children dying of starvation as a result of the war in Yemen; and of course the never-ending loss of life and suffering of the children and their families in Afghanistan for whom all of our hearts are breaking at the moment.

I have chosen War Child as the title of my painting in recognition of the work of War Child Canada, a charity which is dedicated to “protecting childhood in war-affected areas through education, opportunity and justice.” War Child was founded first in the UK in 1994 and in the Netherlands in 1995, and then in 1999 it was founded here in Canada by the dedicated and inspiring humanitarian physician Dr.Samantha Nutt who in July 2011 was appointed to the Order of Canada for her contributions to improving the plight of young people in the world’s worst conflict zones.

If you have been moved by Suzy’s story as I have been, together with the stories of all the innocent children who have been lost or who are suffering from the iniquities of war each and every day, I invite you to join me in supporting Dr. Nutt and the vital work of her charity here at War Child Canada.

War Child – 2021 Acrylic on canvas 72″ x 52″

“Every Child Matters” has never been more meaningful. Hug your children and grandchildren tighter every day for we are the lucky ones in this troubled world of ours.

For Suzy and for all the heroes who rescued her.

studio saturday


 

A successful studio Saturday with a rather lovely changing palette at the end of the day.
The painting to follow on its completion.
 

Celebrating Simone


 
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.

national day of mourning


 
On Canada’s National Day of Mourning 🇨🇦 fifty fallen camellia petals to honor and remember the fifty health care heroes who have died from COVID-19 this past year one of whom was Diana Law, a wonderful caring and dedicated nurse from Peace Arch Hospital, a daughter, wife, mother and sister. She is the first nurse in British Columbia to die from COVID-19 and the second in Canada. Today’s post is dedicated to her memory and to the memory of all of the heroes whose families are mourning today, as we also take this opportunity to say thank you to all of our frontline heroes who continue to be there for us every single day.

Humbolt Strong


 

In remembrance in my studio today on the third anniversary of the Humbolt Broncos tragedy.

#HumboltStrong 🇨🇦

From Yardwork to Artwork: After the Storm


 
After our recent storm making the most of a downed photinia branch in the studio today, and once again using one of its branches as a pen for the ink drawing.
 

 
 

 
And so after five years the story returns. Do you remember From Yardwork to Artwork:The Photinia Story Part One. from May 2016.

a path to recovery and well-being


 
Spring has definitely come to the woods and to the studio today on this United Nations International Day of Forests with its theme “Forest restoration: a path to recovery and well-being…to help address the climate-change and biodiversity crises.
 
 
 
Perhaps as we begin this second year of the pandemic the theme could appropriately be re-written to read “Mankind’s restoration: a path to recovery and well-being.”

the seal of approval


 
What could be a more enjoyable way to spend an afternoon than FaceTiming with my beautiful granddaughter today creating a virtual collage, with her request for an erupting volcano, lava and a dinosaur 🦕 which I’m happy to report received the seal of approval. 😉 ❤️

oh wall…


 

“In this same interlude it doth befall
That I, one Changing Palette by name, present a wall.”

With apologies to Tom Snout the tinker and the Bard.