Lots of people have lots of emotions this week. I'm not really inviting you to share yours necessarily, just know mine enters my art toward the end of the post/week. The new Starbuck Cup people inspired me to draw my own group here.
Last week ended on a positive note, the election campaign was winding down and I was very ready for it to end. These guys were being calm and nice to each other over coffee at the café.
Some drawings started off to be full of people and then circumstances narrowed it down to just one, saved by having plenty of room for lettering and a big red bow:
As you can see sometimes I draw people who are outside while I am sitting inside drawing them through the window:
And other times I draw the person sitting right in front of me, and as it was a crazy week I was not at all surprised to realize later that evening that I had given this guy three arms! Life is just like that sometimes, as an artist drawing people.
The highlight of our week was the visit we enjoyed by our nephew Allen who was traveling between New Mexico and Minnesota. We were so glad he was able to stop by to visit us in California. We spent a beautiful calm warm day at the ocean, and then played a lot of cards.
On Sunday before taking him to the airport to fly on home, we went for coffee and played one more hand at Starbucks. He turned red when I blocked his move and won that game. I drew him between taking my turn!
I also did a couple more portraits off photos in Sktchy ...
... this cute little girl in clown costume and the cool dude below. I love drawing dread lots.
Monday was the day before the election. I was glad the campaign was coming to an end as I was tired of all the mud slinging and general tension and negativity. These guys amused themselves with phone twirling.
Tension affected my drawing and made me put people in precarious positions like this woman tangled up in her table and theirs.
Everyone seemed to be dealing with one thing or another:
After the election I was at first numb, then sad, then angry, dumbfounded (you can guess by now who I did not vote for) grief stricken I picked myself up to go out to draw hoping to capture feelings on the people around me.
I'm sure they had their feelings, but I found myself having to put words in their mouths.
By day two, I was out of shock, still feeling my feelings and looking for next moves.
It's seems really important to let people at risk know (and I may be one of them) they are safe with me.
And to plan positive actions we can do to make sure our diverse country and everyone in it has their rights respected and taken care of.
So I warned you at the top that I had emotions about the election results. And that it would show up in my art. That is still happening, you'll see more next week. If you are too, I empathize.
And now I wish you a Creative Week. I forgot to post on Thursday, as I usually do, but at least I made it on Friday. Thank you for coming to my blog. I look forward to your comments, as they do keep me drawing.
Take care and be gentle with yourselves and be kind to everyone everywhere.