Enjoying my self quarantine for now.

I’m sitting here all cozy in my home enjoying the peace and quiet. No restaurants, no movie theaters, no mall shopping, no church, no meetings, no going to work, no get-togethers with friends, I never thought this would happen in the U.S.

It’s a new reality for all of us. I believe it has brought out the best in many people. I found the hoards of grocery shoppers surprisingly polite and cheery. I had three people try to help me get the last can of my favorite soup from the top shelf way in the back. We all laughed about not having long enough arms. Of course at the check-out lines, everyone stays spaced to give sneezing and coughing room. In our small neighborhood of 27 houses, we have quite a few older couples and single ladies. Everyone is looking out for them. I set up a website with a community forum so we can communicate our needs, fears and offers to help each other.

I have taken all the closures in stride so far. The one that hit me the hardest was the library. It closed before I could really stock up on books to read. I have a large library at home, but I have read all of the books. I guess I will start reading them again, starting with the classics. Books on my iPad just don’t give me the same satisfaction I get with real pages.

WatercolorI have a new children’s picture book ready to start illustrating, so that will keep me occupied during the day. I’m always excited to start working on a new book. Sorry I won’t be able to share the sketches and finished illustrations with you until it’s published.Drawing on Wacom Tablet Watercolor illustration

Counting my blessings and hoping everyone stays well.

Dayne

5 comments on “Enjoying my self quarantine for now.

  1. It sounds like an awesome job being a children’s book illustrator. And I find that painting and drawing is much needed to clear the mind for an hour or two these days. It’s a surreal situation we’re in now, and it’s nice to see how your community is pulling together ☺ I really like your work, by the way!

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  2. Some good will come of this turmoil. Extra time to read, factories closing not just causing job losses, but also a chance for cleaner air; no schools, but a chance for more family time; no toilet paper, so a chancery creatively find substitutes (one picture i saw on FB was someone cutting a roll of paper towels into toilet paper sized rolls 😜). Yup, hunker down and find the good in all this. God bless you. Good luck with your illustrations.

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