I've never used my blog as a political platform before. But when the Every Day in November art group offered "Trump" as a prompt I had to decide whether to participate or not. Finally I decided that staying quiet about my feelings was like hiding, sticking my head in the sand.
Trump as Presidential candidate scares me to death.
So rather than be scared I decided to participate.
Something wonderful happened when I did.
Not only did I find all the artist friends who were of like mind, but I even, through my art,
swayed one persons opinion, and she said she'd decided not to vote for Trump. She told me my art, this little drawing, "swayed my thinking"!
So on the off chance that could happen again I am posting it here.
Now if you are still here, the rest of my art today is political free: (almost all)
As you know I draw a lot in public places. I also like to give voice(s) to my cast of characters ...
It's true, I have drawn the guy on the far right in the striped shirt and his wife several times already.
I can't help it if the same people frequent these places when we do ...
However, on Black Friday, for a short period of time, the place was literally EMPTY of patrons except for us! So I drew the furniture!
Lucky for me this couple showed up and sat at the table directly across from where I was sitting. I like being able to use my white Sharpie on the gray toned paper.
Meanwhile back at Every Day in November I drew to the prompt of Cat and Dog. I drew our cat Henry in black ink only ...
... and then I added a bit of watercolor paint. Do you have a favorite?
Okay, I guess I lied a little about being done with politics. "Signs" was the next prompt in EDiNov.
The world is so full of important issues right now, they just all flowed from my pen onto the paper!
I really do hope everyone is thinking seriously about these important issues. They sometimes become overwhelming, therefore my last line about "Stopping the world, and wanting to get off." I guess I won't do that. I'll just vote for the candidate, who I feel has my best interests at heart!
Meanwhile, back at Starbucks on yet another day ...
People come to talk, drink, work, study, read ... and then there's me, Drawing!
This is the dog and cats for the Cat & Dog prompt. The funny thing here was I did not see the orange cat until I was done drawing the dog and gray striped kitten and started drawing that orange bit under them. Hey, it's another cat!
If I were going to have a favorite for this week, this drawing would be it! I love the guy half hidden behind the rack of gifts. The presence of the blond gal, as she leans forward to talk to the other three guys across from them. Their obscuring each other and letting me see only some of their body parts!
It was really fun to capture all of that!
And then there was this guy who kept changing his feet positions and I had to adjust and just keep adding them one by one.
This was a diverse group, I felt they represented many parts of the world we live in. Nice that they can all sit together in peace!
Another prompt to draw from a favorite photo of my own. My husband at Crater Lake!
What I love about art journaling is putting the story of what is happening on the page not just in drawings but in writing too.
This was for a prompt:"Elf Yourself"! Of course I had to create a Chanukah Elf. Pretty funny, huh?
But it could be a cute greeting card for that holiday! You think?
I am sure most of you have seen this happening many times over! Another one of my favorites!
I'm always amazed at the ways people USE Starbucks. This was a study or tutoring gathering, I'm pretty sure.
And I have no idea what these guys were talking about but the two on the left came in to join the guy on the right. They all stood and shook hands. Then they sat and talked. The guy in the middle talked the most. The woman was just in the background alone, but pretty soon three guys /different guys/ joined her.
Next Prompt: Three French Hens! Mine are a tribute to Paris and the desire for Peace there and everywhere in the world. I also thought of my friend Cris' chickens in Oregon! But hers are not red, white and blue!
Today I was very bummed out after the terrorist attack in San Bernardino, California. I don't know if it shows in my art or not. I felt the top three people were very disconnected from each other. They were each there alone. We need more togetherness and harmony in our world.
I loved the gal in the hat. And of course the second woman got drawn a second time. There were a few guys, but again, every one on their own.
This couple was together. But doing their own thing. Her phone was ringing incessantly. But the bit of music it played simply added to my drawing, and the drawing act itself was very soothing to my soul.
I hope you have ways to sooth your soul. We all could use lots of soul soothing don't you agree?
Here's hoping we can get through the coming week with out anyone getting shot or stabbed or bombed. Sorry, I guess I am still a bit bummed out. I think I'll go draw some more.