During the War... or A Gift of Time

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During the War... or A Gift of Time

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When the going gets tough, the tough get going...

I think I understand the meaning of hunkering down and getting to work now. I have always loved creating and now more than ever am embracing its healing powers.

During these last six weeks I feel like we have been dodging bullets. We have become hunter gatherers looking for supplies to combat the germs. We are obsessed with stocking our little fort with enough of everything (art supplies), to survive the war.

Through it all, my husband and I have also been obsessed with creating. Me in my home studio, learning how to collage, make books, creating paintings, greeting cards and finding new techniques to immerse (distract) my self. My husband in his shop behind our house making cigar box guitars!

I read a quote from J.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring, that sums up, like most things, will be our attitudes that will help us accept this interruption of life.....

”I wish it had not happened in my time”. said Frodo.
”So do I,” said Gandalf, “and so do all who live to see such times.
But that is not for them to decide.
All we have to decide is what we will do with the time that is given to us.”

Since the start of the pandemic I have created over 65 paintings. I need to create in order to find sanity and feel productive and not scared and anxious. The photograph is a painting I created using Rohrshadk blots as inspiration.

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Rohrshadk Ink Blot Painting

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This item was submitted on February 21, 2021 by Debbie Abshear using the form “Share Your Story” on the site “A Journal of the Plague Year”:

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