I have never heard it as quiet as it was here on Easter Sunday. Many of the remaining businesses were closed for the day, and very few people were out. The silence was lovely.
It reminds me of when I was a child and everything was closed on Sundays. I’m thinking we might want to go back to that! It’s nice to have one day a week of relative peace and calm.
I’m enjoying the slower pace of life during the shelter-in-place order. There’s time for reading, naps and leisurely walks. I can sleep in late, and there’s no need to rush. I have time to contemplate and even daydream.
I still have concerns, as I’m sure you do, too. But there are also some enjoyable aspects to slowing down and doing less.
Take a deep breath, ignore the deafening noise, and think deeply about what you want to put back into your life. This is our chance to define a new version of normal, a rare and truly sacred (yes, sacred) opportunity to get rid of the bullshit and to only bring back what works for us, what makes our lives richer, what makes our kids happier, what makes us truly proud.
I thought you might like to see one of the collage pieces I worked on this week, with details about how it developed.
The feeling I was going for is that there’s still beauty in the world, despite everything that’s happening. I first put down an underlayer of blue and turquoise images, to peek through and complement the top layer of pink, yellow and orange.
It was too bright, busy and unfocused. I decided to draw a grid of graphite lines to take it down and perhaps pull it together a bit.
That did make it less bright, but it was still unfocused. I used white spray paint and a stencil to create a large central image. The stencilled white was too well defined, so I sanded it down to make it more obscure, which had the side benefit of revealing cubist forms within the white.
“There Is Still Beauty in the World,” 16 x 20 inches, mixed media on canvas panel
What small pleasures have you found during this time? I’d enjoy hearing your thoughts. You can share them with us in the comments section below.
With love and appreciation,