I painted these tulips for a little over a week. The best place to set down a vase of flowers is right in the middle of all my art supplies on my desk. That way, it gets drawn whenever I can spare some time, or while I chat online with friends.
Flowers are a great subject to experiment with. Their simple forms and easy recognizability somehow allow for free play with the subject in a range of different media and techniques.
Between the start of this series on February 14th and the last piece on February 24th, when the tulips died, the world changed for the worse as Russia went to war with Ukraine.
You’ve seen the images on television and everywhere in the news, and if you’re an urban sketcher, you’re seeing groups from Ukraine, Russia and really all over the world post reportage sketches of protests against the war. If you follow this blog, you know my friend Nina Khashchina’s work. Nina’s parents live in Kharkiv, a city under attack.
I’m sharing this sketch Nina made of her parents and her words with it from her Instagram feed.
“These are the human faces of the war that Russia declared on Ukraine. These are my parents, they are far away from me, in a country that is fighting for its life. Thank you to all who fights to protect them and Ukraine and the right to be different, independent, the right to choose your path.”
If you are looking for a place to donate towards humanitarian aid during this awful time, here is a vetted organization, Nova Ukraine.