While our country still suffers from too many deaths due to COVID, we are seeing a dramatic decrease in those numbers. Most states are lessening restrictions and we have a significant percentage of adults immunized. It saddens me deeply that there are many people still saying they want “more proof” that the vaccine is safe and effective. Millions have been vaccinated, the numbers of infections and serious illnesses due to COVID have declined as vaccinations have gone up. I’m not sure what “proof” those folks are waiting to receive. No vaccine is ever going to be developed that is 100% without side-effects on someone. But these vaccines are based on good science – science that has been used for many years for other diseases. COVID itself has KNOWN side-effects and most are far more costly and destructive than most side-effects of the vaccines. Take care of those you love – get vaccinated.
Some of my artist friends are returning to face painting and balloon twisting in person. I’ve chosen not to do so for now. Too many people remain unvaccinated (children, in particular) to work in close quarters. I have a planned event for Fall of this year and I plan to do primarily balloon twisting. I’m rethinking what I plan to do in regard to both face painting and balloon twisting. Right now I don’t see being able to create a living from either and I may decide to simply do volunteer activities until I have used up my supplies. This fall will give me a better idea.
So what AM I doing? I’ve moved into doing more watercolors, drawing, and digital art. I’ve started doing digital pet portraits and am enjoying that immensely. I have an idea for a children’s book and want to see if I can flesh that out with the story and the artwork. I’m comfortable I can do the story – the art work is a different challenge. But we shall see.
Arts festivals have started up around the country. My husband has his first one coming up soon. These are outdoors and should be safer than many other types of gatherings. We expect people will show up. We just hope they not only show up but come prepared to buy.
That’s my ramble for today. If I sound a bit “down” I hope you can forgive. Like many, these past 18 months have been especially hard, physically and emotionally. The heart of the society in which we live has revealed itself in ways that are shocking, disheartening, and frightening. My prayers are with all those who have suffered so very much and I hope that somehow some lasting good will come out of all this present chaos.