We Work With What We HaveNovember 10, 2016
Left: In the smallest landscape Hahnemühle Nostalgie sketchbook which is about 6 x 4.25 inches—a Pentel Pocket Brush Pen sketch from a photo in the Sktchy app, while waiting in the doctor’s patient room. No new cartridges, just the barest flow of ink…I had to keep trying to move around the face and get in a bit of everything.
Roz Wound Up is a blog about “my many enthusiasms.” The banner clearly states that.
It would be disingenuous of me to not tell you that Tuesday’s U.S. Presidential election result has been difficult for me.
The link between the life of an artist and the new president might seem nebulous—but I believe that drawing and observing your world actually brings you more into life. It makes you more aware of the rich diversity around you. Drawing exercises the engine of wonder. That wonder in turn generates a spirit of goodwill and connection with others.
Honest observation, which I have attempted since I was a child because my circumstances required vigilance, brings with it a love of facts. Of observable, verifiable truths.
Only cynics believe that they can spin events in whichever way may suit them.
Artists keep looking deeper. And question.
Yesterday a friend asked me, “How can I explain the election to my grandson?”
I thought about it and finally told her to sit her grandson down and watch Hillary’s concession speech with him. Next break down each line of the speech, explaining why those statements are important, because in her speech Clinton encapsulates what we cherish in our form of government. Her words prompt us to recall that we can and must go forward in a world that seems to have rejected our values of equality, civility, hope, and our concern for our fellow man.
Add to your discussion the many specifics of your family’s tradition of inclusion and the need to take stands when there is injustice.
Explain to him that bullies are never right—even if they sometimes win.
While this loss hurts we must remember, as Clinton said, to “never stop believing that fighting for what’s right is worth it. It is.”
The hard part of democracy started Wednesday. We show up. We don’t agree to fear. We do our work. We work with what we have.
Get out in the world today and sketch.