Sunday, April 05, 2020

First Pandemic Sketchbook In The Can

April 5, 2020
   Today marks the end of another sketchbook, created during a historic time. 

Sketchbook # 78

Full disclosure: I added the "Pandemic" treatment to the cover of the sketchbook today. The sketches and the daily notes do not, for the most part, reflect the onslaught of the pandemic and quarantine, but a few of my notes seem cryptic in retrospect:

March 16, 2020 "Third day of quarantine"

   I've been studying the Mexican Revolution and the term, above, "Matemos A Los Gringos!" (Death to the Gringos!) was yelled by the Zapatistas as they rode triumphantly into Cuernavaca. it's one of the notes on this page. 

   Mostly my attention is on my sketches and story ideas and not on the outside world, but sometimes little asides, creep in.

March 17, 2020 Daily Whip Outs
"Shelter In Place"

   Probably the most alarming note is the first one on this page.

March 19, 2020 Daily Whip Outs

   Of course, as the days wore on, the news got even worse.

Daily Whip Outs:
"Human Constructs Unraveling"

   Still not sure where this is all going to end, but I'll keep on drawing.

Daily Whip Out Campfire Sketches:
"February 28, 2020"

      Kathy and I experienced our first virtual lunch today with our grandchildren in Seattle. You Facetime via the computer and then everyone eats at the same time and tells the best part of their day. A delightful experience and I think this is the future, pandemic, or no pandemic. 

   Meanwhile, with my art and stories I keep moving along and the words of a certain Rough Rider ring true.

“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are."
—Teddy Roosevelt

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