COVID-19 is wearing me down

The lockdown has been lifted but our borders remain closed (difficult with an island):

Masks, social distancing, hand-washing and a few other protocols and guidelines continue to be a necessary part of the “new normal”. Several business establishments have been given stipulated opening and closing hours. Students due to write exams later this month are in school with their teachers and they are all required to be masked and socially distanced in the classrooms. Citizens are out and about but are being g urged to “stay home if you are ill and call your doctor for advice on what to do and where to go for treatment and/or testing”.

We had a recent upsurge of COVID clusters, causing the closure of almost a dozen schools and several offices and the quarantine of primary, secondary and tertiary contacts. People were happy for an increase gathering numbers to 25 in public spaces but we’re now back down to 10 while still continuing the same COVID protocols.

Going out and congregating willy nilly is unwise at this time, which works for me.

I am not cowering in fear in my home but as a self-proclaimed home-body, I am quite happy to stay put. As a matter of fact, I welcome the opportunity to not “have to go anywhere unless absolutely necessary”.  My husband is happy to run the necessary errands, so I’m good.

Lately though, I have a sense that even in the bliss of my contentment, COVID is wearing me down. I’ve noticed a dip my creativity. Inspiration has waned and Rita, my muse, has been either sleeping late or in quarantine.

Nevertheless, regardless how low or blocked or locked (down) or uninspired or lazy I feel, I put my butt in my chair every darn day. 

I keep my palette and sketchbook open with pen and brush at the ready, to encourage me to sketch something, anything. Setting the stage for creativity is vital and it works.  

Below are some of the sketches I’ve done recently on some of those mentally and psychologically hazy, cloudy, lazy days in late July:

I have a dream

OMG! It’s been a minute (the biggest understatement ever) but I see the light at the end of the tunnel.

The long-running DIY bathroom remodel is finally easing to an end and I have a dream of the day when tools and tape and bags of screws and a toolbox and all manner of construction stuff are no longer a part of my kitchen decor.

 

<—————— NOTE: WHILE THEY ARE NOT MASTERPIECES BY ANY STRETCH OF THE IMAGINATION, MY ARTWORK/SKETCHES ARE MINE, MINE, ALL MINE. DO NOT USE AND SHARE THEM AS YOUR OWN. DO NOT USE THEM FOR FINANCIAL GAIN. DO NOT SHARE THEM WITHOUT MY PERMISSION OR WITHOUT GIVING ME CREDIT OR WITHOUT LINKING THEM BACK TO CHERYLWRIGHT.WORDPRESS.COM.

Making art

As Mickey Mouse sang:

There is no right or wrong when it comes to making art.
Making sure that you have fun is the most important part.
Splash a little paint. Draw a little line.
Just make sure that you have fun,
Each and every time.

 

<—————— NOTE: WHILE THEY ARE NOT MASTERPIECES BY ANY STRETCH OF THE IMAGINATION, MY ARTWORK/SKETCHES ARE MINE, MINE, ALL MINE. DO NOT USE AND SHARE THEM AS YOUR OWN. DO NOT USE THEM FOR FINANCIAL GAIN. DO NOT SHARE THEM WITHOUT MY PERMISSION OR WITHOUT GIVING ME CREDIT OR WITHOUT LINKING THEM BACK TO CHERYLWRIGHT.WORDPRESS.COM.

Luv me some veggies

A veggie bowl for lunch today and a loose direct watercolour sketch to enhance the pleasure.

 

 

<—————— NOTE: WHILE THEY ARE NOT MASTERPIECES BY ANY STRETCH OF THE IMAGINATION, MY ARTWORK/SKETCHES ARE MINE, MINE, ALL MINE. DO NOT USE AND SHARE THEM AS YOUR OWN. DO NOT USE THEM FOR FINANCIAL GAIN. DO NOT SHARE THEM WITHOUT MY PERMISSION OR WITHOUT GIVING ME CREDIT OR WITHOUT LINKING THEM BACK TO CHERYLWRIGHT.WORDPRESS.COM.

Amazon brightens my days

COVID-19 and the “new normal” of face masks, social/physical distancing and more-than-usual washing of hands and cleaning of surfaces and such can render our days mundane and create some anxiety.

However, Amazon brightens my days with the regular arrival of packages.

 

<—————— NOTE: While they are not masterpieces by any stretch of the imagination, my artwork/sketches are mine, mine, all mine. DO NOT use and share them as your own. DO NOT use them for financial gain. DO NOT share them without my permission or without giving me credit or without linking them back to cherylwright.wordpress.com.

“STACKED” – a sketch

I don’t give my sketches title bit this one … I call it “Stacked”.

<—————— NOTE: While they are not masterpieces by any stretch of the imagination, my artwork/sketches are mine, mine, all mine. DO NOT use and share them as your own. DO NOT use them for financial gain. DO NOT share them without my permission or without giving me credit or without linking them back to cherylwright.wordpress.com.

Challenge: Shop and Sketch – 4

After my knee injury, I used a cane for a couple of months. This crossbody bag allowed me to walk around the mall unencumbered with a regular handbag. I love the exterior texture and the pretty blue patterned lining.

I still use it sometimes, usually when I plan to do some shopping because it is small, lightweight and holds the bare essentials for a shopping expedition in the mall.

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NOTE: While they are not masterpieces by any stretch of the imagination, my artwork/sketches are mine, mine, all mine. DO NOT use and share them as your own. DO NOT use them for financial gain. DO NOT share them without my permission or without giving me credit or without linking them back to cherylwright.wordpress.com.