Virus Art…

Covid 19

Virus Pandemic: Months have passed as we slowed our lives down and social distancing became permissible and finally accepted. We became glued to the internet watching in morbid fascination as night after night reports of the sickness and death climbs to unbelievable totals. And an unreasonable panic and fear over, of all things, toilet paper took hold of entire nation. And hoarding became ok. We publicly make memes and jokes, but secretly we harbor a very real and personal concern. And, no matter how much toilet paper or sanitizer you own, the dying still continues to surge. I don’t believe that any family or life has not been affected in some manner.

This virus has mowed a wide & devastating path from border to border worldwide. It is terrifying. So many visuals keep swirling around in my artist mind and once engaged my imagination can be a scary place.

Valerie Dowdy Art
12x36x2 inch canvas

Art Update: I followed my instincts without any organized or conscious plan as to how this newest painting would come together. It wouldn’t get out of my head. So, I painted, then I sat with the work on my easel, and I painted some more.

I don’t quite know how to explain this art. At first it’s colorful, happy. Then you look a little closer (hopefully) and it is more than that. It is a summation of some emotions I feel-spring opening in splendorous colors. -people with masks and above them sad, worried eyes. -Fear, if we happen to come too close to one another. -empty stores -humorous memes. -exhausted faces of the medical personnel.-and truckloads of bodies. -mass graves…

But through all of that, I also see an overwhelming amount of support, kindness, and concern for one another. I know it’s idealistic and I know it won’t, but what if it did last? What if we’re forever better as a race. Like the grinch’s heart growing 3 X-so could we. How can you go through this experience and not come out on the other side changed? It seems impossible to me.

(left side close up)
12x36x2 inch canvas

“Paranoia strikes deep. Into your life it will creep. It starts when you’re always afraid. You step out of line, the man come and take you away. We better stop, hey, what’s that sound, everybody look what’s going down.”

Source: LyricFind
Songwriters: Stephen Stills
Buffalo Springfield-For What It’s Worth lyrics
© Warner Chappell Music, Inc
Please feel free to share your honest thoughts & feelings regarding the pandemic and my artist reaction to the crisis. 

Peace, Val