Remembering 49

Slowing down for Orlando

I like to draw fast. But sometimes, time is important. When I heard about the murders in Orlando, I couldn’t immediately draw anything. In part because for some events, it is important to use time in order to grasp what is happening. September 11th was one such story. I knew the Orlando attack was, also.

Often, ideas come from a feeling. In my mind’s eye, I saw an image of all the people who were killed standing together. So I began drawing people, not sure where it was going. First, I just drew them; then I made them holding hands and arm-in-arm. What I realized as I slowly drew, was that I was thinking about the victims. These drawings are not likenesses of the slain, but representations of them; by slow drawing them, it gave me time to honor them.

They are together, and we are together with them.