Covid-19

Blowin’ in the Wind

Today is Bob Dylan’s birthday. He was born on May 24,1941. He wrote Blowin’ in the Wind in 1962 with lyrics that seem as relevant today as the times they were written for.

How many times must a man look up
Before he can see the sky?
Yes, ’n’ how many ears must one man have
Before he can hear people cry?
Yes, ’n’ how many deaths will it take till he knows
That too many people have died?
The answer, my friend, is blowin’ in the wind
The answer is blowin’ in the wind

 

 

The wind blowing in the Pacific Spirit Park Regional Park, Vancouver.

 

 

Happy Birthday Mr Dylan

return to venice

Venice 22.5.20

 

Five years ago today I was also in a Venice frame of mind.

 

Studio 365: Day 142   22.5.15

 
Day 142 iv

Venice study I 22.5.15
 

Painting this watercolour and ink sketch in the studio this afternoon allowed me to re-visit our magical trip to Venice in July 1999, a visit documented in a precious journal that I kept throughout our Italian travels that year.

Venice ii

together apART


 
What could be better than spending time in the studio virtually with my beautiful artist granddaughter today.
 

Together apart takes on a whole new meaning.
 

 

Sadly whilst we were in the studio word came of the crash of one of the Canadian Snowbird planes with the loss of life of one of its team members, Captain Jenn Casey. This heartbreaking news comes as they have been crossing Canada to pay tribute to those fighting Covid-19. I send my heartfelt condolences to her grieving family and to all of the Canadian Forces Snowbirds team. I would like to dedicate my Kite Under The Rainbow painted today to Captain Casey’s memory. 🇨🇦
 

Canada Strong. Nova Scotia Strong

back to the future

 

The tulips featured in Canada Remembers have taken on a renewed beauty in their final hour.

 

My post  from five years ago today looks remarkably similar

 

Studio 365: Day 136   May 16, 2015

 

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As these glorious deep purple petals fall away revealing the pistils, styles and stamens that have been enveloped so protectively and majestically in the flowers core, these tulips seem to have taken on a renewed beauty in their final hour.

need for color


 
The need for a little colour in the studio today with this bouquet from the imagination, with thanks as always to our frontline healthcare workers and of course all our nurses as we come to the end of nurses week.

social distancing – what’s that?

 

I thought I would repost this from six years ago today when if you had asked someone what “social distancing” meant they might have thought you were referring to how essential having First Class travel was on British Rail so that one didn’t have to sit with the riffraff in Second Class. Now, here we are six years later and the meaning couldn’t be clearer.

 

On The Move To Waterloo  May 9, 2014

 

Waterloo iv

 

Waterloo i

 

Waterloo ii

 

 

I hope you are all now moving to one of Abba’s greatest hits, Waterloo.  I certainly am!

 

the meeting point


 
When the Science of Medicine meets the Art of Medicine to save lives in the COVID unit at Vancouver General Hospital.
 
ECMO stands for Extra Corporeal Membrane Oxygenation but could also stand for Ever Compassionate Medical Optimism, thanks to the dedication of our frontline healthcare workers epitomized by the caring nurse-specialist portrayed in the picture.
 
Thanks to Dr. Adam Thomas for his photograph that was the inspiration for my drawing.

national day of mourning


 
Drawing in the studio today allowed me to spend a few hours in quet reflection on this National Day Of Mourning, a day that perhaps has never been more meaningful, as we remember and honor those who have lost their lives or been injured from their time in the workplace.

I would particularly like to honor the memory of Dr. Lorna Breen, a New York City emergency room doctor, a true hero, and send heartfelt condolences to her family, colleagues and friends.

The drawing was inspired by a photograph taken by Marco Bertorello in the Covid-19 ward of Maria Pia Hospital in Turin.