Quarantine Art (COVID-19)

Hi, all! I came down with the virus. I’m posting this on day 19, while I’m feeling like I’m on the road to recovery. It was rough, I tell ya, and I suspect it’s not over. Still, I’m extremely grateful that I am doing so much better today than a week ago. Nothing like being very, very, very sick to remind one how great it feels to be only slightly sick.

While I was going through some of the more intense days of the illness, I made drawings. The act of drawing calmed me and helped me focus on something fun. It still will, so I plan to draw more as these isolation daze drag further on. But I thought you might like to see the ones I have so far.

Flower and sheep
Flower pattern
Pig that wants ice cream
Dachshund, plus another pattern
Stars. When I did this I visualized my immune system sending good particles through my blood.
Inspired by Nadia the tiger who tested positive for COVID at the Bronx Zoo
Sugar lump dream

Break

Dropped off a dog at his apartment; the owner was happy to see us both and gave me a big hug. I’m sure there are plenty of other professions where your boss affectionately hugs you, but this is the only one I’ve had. I really like my job if you hadn’t noticed.

I had an hour before my next walk–slow summer! It’s all about to change the second Labor Day ends!–so, fuck it, I headed to Sundaes & Cones on 10th Street and got a goddamn ice cream cone at 11:30 in the morning. Hazelnut flavor. Life is so idle and lovely right now. I’m reading Valley of the Dolls by Jacqueline Susann and those shrewd, sensuous girls are as relatable as can be. I find myself wishing someone would give me a mink, a diamond, a fancy pied-à-terre. It’s evening now and I’m happy, though, having sparkling wine and sharing the couch with my cat.