It’s not earth shattering to say that the world is vastly different post Covid then it was prior to. There’s so much confusion and division not to mention outright animosity towards people of differing viewpoints. The news floods us with a constant barrage of “those people are idiots “ or “the others are nazis.” We can’t just be humans who believe something different or have different opinions but still deserve love and respect.
As I sit in the morning or evening with my sketchbook I can feel my normalcy returning as I allow the world’s crazy in me flow out onto the page.
when I first started drawing in sketchbooks it was just a place to doodle and make pictures. When I got into high school and college it was a place to let my imagination explore new things and to plan for bigger projects. Danny Gregory talks about sketchbooks for some artists being the finished art piece in and of themselves which has been my experience.
I never thought however in those early years that it would actually be a great source of healing for my mental health. A place where I could vent and release stress and tension of life in a place where I could look back at the complexity and wonder of my own time on the planet. I hope my students will find it useful for them as they face so many more issues than we did as kids.