Saturday, March 19, 2016

Clarissa Ward of CNN Inside Syria

I'm amazed by the sacrifice and bravery of war reporters....Clarissa Ward is CNN's Senior International Correspondent, who risks her life to be a "voice" for those trapped in the horrific war zone of Syria. CNN is currently showing her report from rebel held regions in the North, done in February. She wore a niqab, which created a feeling of respect and trust, as well as helping her stay undercover. Because of the Russian intervention, she felt she had to risk all to "bear witness" to the bombardment"...and be able to tell the world "What is it like for the people living under the bombs", the bombing being constant.

Clarissa has lost friends and colleagues in this civil war, that began five years ago, since protests started about the government of Bashar al-Assad. 10 journalists have been killed in Syria in the last year and some are still being held. The UN estimates that 250,000+ have died and 4.8 million have been forced to flee the country.

The fractured buildings, destroyed by bombing, with Clarissa reporting in front of them, in her black niqab was a stark reminder of the horror of this savage war...the incredible tragedy that is ever present.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Janine di Giovanni Writes About The Brutal Conflict in Syria...

A renowned war correspondent, Janine di Giovanni, has written another book that I'm anxious to read.

"The morning They Came for Us: Dispatches from Syria", is her latest book about life in a country under siege. In her writing style, she is sensitive, very perceptive,  yet brutally honest about what she encounters in the horror of this war zone. An award winning journalist, her latest book gives an account of  life in Syria through the observations of a doctor, a musician  and a nun...She has the ability to bring a world alive to those who will read about this brutal conflict.

Monday, March 7, 2016

Reminiscing About Sunny Days in Palm Beach

Spoke to several friends in warmer climates...makes me reminisce about my times in sunny and warm Palm Beach, FL, exhibiting and doing commissions...one large one, at Brazilian Court Hotel. Working with my mentor, Robert, we did watercolors for all the guest rooms and a large tropical scene for a lobby area. We worked, too, at a poolhouse on an estate...we were asked to paint the race horses of the owner's friends in a huge mural, covering all the walls. Another fun memory was going to the Wellington Polo Club, to the polo matches and to sketch.

Each was a great experience and helped me to progress as an artist in so many ways...