Happy New Year

2021 Review – Part One

As we begin the New Year, in this 2021 Review – Part One I have chosen eight of my posts from last year with which to remember some of its highs and lows, all of which moved me to respond in the best way I know how.

I

The last leaf

On February 15th I added the last leaf to 851 leaves that I had begun drawing in October 2020 to remember all of the children so cruelly separated from their parents by both the United States Government under the last administration and by the Canadian Government over generations as described in my post Shame and Prejudice that was inspired by a visit to an exhibition of that name by the artist Kent Monkman at the Museum of Anthropology.

666+186 Day LIV – Journey’s End.

 

 

II

On March 15th, Yo Yo Ma playing Bach’s Cello Suite No 1 for those waiting to receive their vaccinations in Pittsfield Massachusetts after he had received his, was a truly inspiring moment of grace and beauty amidst the fear and despair felt by so many. If you open the original post “Thank you Yo Yo” you can listen to his playing the prelude from the suite and be moved by his mastery and humanity.

 

 

 

 

III

On April 12th I was honoured to see my tribute to the Vancouver General Hospital’s ECMO team,”The Meeting Point,” being hung in the ICU at VGH.

 

The drawing is also a tribute to all our health care heroes for whom the words “Thank You” can never be said enough as I expressed in 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.

 

The Meeting Point

 

 

IV

On September 2nd  I completed my painting of 6 year old Suzy Eshkuntana being rescued from the rubble of her bombed out family home in Gaza that took place In the early hours of the 16th of May. She had been buried alive for seven hours after it was hit by an Israeli rocket that killed her mother and four of her siblings. Just a few days later I began the 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 life being saved, and in memory of the family she has lost.”

 

War Child

 

 

V

On Labour Day the often violent protest against our health care heroes was, and sadly continues to be, a shameful reflection of elements of our society that certainly can never be considered civilized. Whatever happened to reason, grace and gratitude? Read the heartbreaking words from one of our nurse heroes, which I quoted in full in the post.

“A miserable rabble of unworthy citizenry.”

 

 

VI

30th September, Orange Shirt Day, was Canada’s 1st National Day of Truth and Reconciliation. The findings of the unmarked graves of so many children at the sites of the Indian Residential Schools brought us all together as a country in a state of national grief, shame and remembrance.

Every child matters

 

 

 

VII

November 11th, Remembrance Day, always one of the most important days of the year and this year The Royal Canadian Legion celebrated the 100th anniversary of the Remembrance Poppy in Canada

 

 

 

 

VIII

December 31st, New Year’s Eve, could not be a more fitting end to this look back to 2021, with the magic and beauty of the snow in the Pacific Spirit Park, a place of sanctuary and peace for us throughout the year and which gives us all hope for whatever the year ahead may bring.

 

Pacific Spirit Park, December 31st 2021

 

Wishing everyone a Happy and Healthy New Year

 

Happy New Year

 

From the beauty of Kits Beach yesterday to our last walk of the year in the magic of the Pacific Spirit Park today that was more magical than ever.

Wishing everyone a very Happy and Healthy New Year, and a special New Years Eve thank you to all of our health care heroes who have been there for us every day of 2021.

what would Pooh say today

On March 19th last year inspired by my dear blogging friend Kelly who started a Daily Dose of Beauty on her wonderful CompassAndCamera blog to help us “feel and understand our shared humanity” as the days of isolation were just beginning, I joined her in committing to posting every day during the pandemic never thinking that it would continue to the end of the year and beyond.
 
Both Kelly and I have indeed now posted every day since last March and through her wonderful CompassionAndCamera we have all had the pleasure of seeing the beauty of the world through her lens and learnt so much from her brilliantly descriptive travel writing all from the comfort of our self-isolated armchairs at home. So as we begin this New Year I would like to pay tribute to Kelly and thank her for inspiring us each and every day. Thank you Kelly from all of us in your loyal fan club.
 
Now as for today, on this first day of the New Year, this will be the last of my daily posts. Rest assured however I am not going anywhere and the posts will continue on The Changing Palette, but perhaps at a little less frequency. I thought about what today should be about and decided that as we seem to have come full circle with lock downs and self-isolation returning everywhere I would revisit the second of my daily posts from last March, which was really meant for the children as a way of talking to them about locking down and staying home and not visiting friends. If Pooh and Piglet can do it, so can we all.
 

For children everywhere.
 

 

And they did indeed FaceTime with Eeyore who couldn’t have been happier to see them.

 

 

 
Happy New Year everyone. Stay safe and well in 2021 and just like Pooh and Piglet take care of each other, check in on loved ones and friends, and thank the heroes around you, as I try to do as often as I can, who are working so hard every day for us all until we get to reach that light at the end of the tunnel. It’s getting closer.💕

Happy New Year


 
2020 look back #6 – New Year’s Eve
 
As the luckiest Grandparents in the world who have three beautiful grandchildren whom we adore beyond words my final post of 2020 is one that celebrates a love that I know you all feel every day, the most important love of all, the love of family. This year the expression of that love has been challenged as we have had to limit our times together, as I know you have too, but as you can see we have been lucky enough to have had many moments of pure joy that have lifted our spirits.
 
It has always been a treat to see your families too, whether babes in arms, children slaloming and mountain biking, siblings, partners, parents and grandparents. I wish you and your families a very happy and healthy New Year and look forward to all the positive changes that are just around the corner as the New Year begins. In the meantime, stay safe and well, and thank you to the heroes amongst you, you know who you are. 💕🥂

thanks for the memory

As we say farewell to the old year and welcome in the new, remembering one of this year’s glorious moments. Thank you Tessa and Scott 🇨🇦

Happy New Year everyone.

A year of maturdays


 

The Gondolas study I – pen, brush and ink, matted and framed

With this last maturday of the year, and what is to be the final one of the series, here is a look back at all the others since I began posting them every Saturday since the end of February. Do you have any favourites? I know I do.

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Wishing everyone a very happy, healthy and creative New Year.