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Finding Joy in the Midst of Uncertainty

June 10, 2020

It might seem frivolous to write a blog post about making art right now, in a world full of uncertainty and fear. I’ve wanted to say just the right things that might be uplifting or helpful, instead of just making happy talk.

But it’s not frivolous at all. We need beauty now more than ever. We need the meditative healing that creativity can provide. Drawing, painting, singing, dancing, baking bread, digging in the dirt — all are things that can save us from despair at the sadness all around us. We need to practice at least some of them every day.

I haven’t done much painting, except for a large series of birds in watercolor that I had started in preparation for an Earth Day event, which was to include a solo show at the public library. I had even ordered frames and table-top easels, because there would not be any wall hanging space. Many of these are already framed, waiting for the day when we can hold the event, which is now tentatively planned for October. I have my doubts whether that’s going to even be a possibility. So in the meantime, here is part of my bird show.

Birds Exhibit

But what has brought me great joy were the flowers in early spring  . . .

Spring Collage

And sketching in the park when the weather warmed . . .

St. Florian June

And just like every other person in the country, I’ve baked bread.

Bread 2

I hope you are finding ways to create joy in your own world.

18 Comments leave one →
  1. wisewomanchronicles permalink
    June 10, 2020 8:31 am

    I so love reading your journals. You very often capture what I am feeling. Making art is what helps me hold on to some measure of sanity in these chaotic times. Stay well.

    • June 10, 2020 10:16 am

      Thanks so much, Jackie. I’m glad you get something out of them. I need to paint this week, after being distracted with some other things last week. The longer I wait, the harder it is to get back into the groove.

  2. Anonymous permalink
    June 10, 2020 9:58 am

    Lovely, Martha!

  3. Cathy Pallardy permalink
    June 10, 2020 10:31 am

    Oh Martha! What a joy to read your words and see your beautiful works of art this morning! You are an inspiration in your work, your mindset, your appreciation of nature and our God-given gifts. How blessed I am to know you! Thank you for sharing yourself and your work. Much love and many hugs, Cathy Pallardy

    • June 11, 2020 11:47 am

      Cathy, it makes me so happy to see you here! Thank you for your friendship and those kind words. Lots of love and hugs back!!

  4. Anonymous permalink
    June 10, 2020 12:06 pm

    Such beautiful work, Martha. I hope you get to exhibit them all very soon. 🙂

  5. JazzCookie permalink
    June 10, 2020 12:11 pm

    Beautiful birds, Martha! As a fellow artist I so appreciate what you say about needing beauty now. I, too, have a show scheduled for October and also wonder if it will happen. But the painting keeps me centered in the midst of all that’s happening. Sending love and blessings for the journey, Molly Larson Cook

    • June 11, 2020 11:50 am

      Thanks, Molly. I think it’s good to be working toward something, even if it’s not clear when or whether it will happen. Whatever gets us into the studio is a win!

  6. June 11, 2020 8:16 am

    In these strange times, I think it is important to use and share one’s gifts, whatever they may be. Some people are great with words and know just what to say, some can express feelings with music, you uplift with art. Thanks for sharing your lovely birds.

    • June 11, 2020 11:51 am

      Thank you for that, Carolee. The world needs beauty in whatever form. We all need to use our talents in bringing that forth.

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