Nancy Wolitzer

Drawings

Old Slipper, pencil on paper, 6 x 8 in., 2020

Lucy Half Asleep, pencil on paper, 6 x 8 in., 2020

Pen, pencil on paper, 8 x 6 in., 2020

Brush, pencil on paper, 6 x 8 in., 2020

Q-tips, pencil on paper, 6 x 8 in., 2020

My father died 2 months ago. I have been unable to make any art since he died, something I did every day. I don’t think I am depressed although I am teary in the morning. I read, I sleep. When I don’t have a migraine I have started sitting on a bench around the corner from where I live for a few minutes (and yes, I wear a mask). I have taken walks with my wife. I usually work in scratchboard and my pieces take a long time. I have decided (actually my wife suggested this) that I make a quick drawing every day. Scratchboard is not allowed. So here are the first five drawings.

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7 thoughts on “Drawings

  1. These drawings are just lovely Nancy, utterly heartfelt. The slipper is especially poignant. I know you have had a very hard time recently, and I feel for you very much. Losing a parent is an acute loss, a time for lots of reflection, and also realisations about the future too. Your wife made such a wonderful suggestion to do the drawings. Clearly she is very in tune with you.

  2. Love the drawings, especially Lucy. Hugs and sympathy on the loss of your Dad.

  3. They are lovely, Nancy. I’d be hard-pressed to pick a favorite, though Lucy Half Asleep has its special allure, and two of the Q-tips seem to be forming a wishbone. But that slipper…

    I think your wife did us all a favor with her suggestion.

    Two months is not very long, so you must still be actively grieving. Takes a long time to heal, as I’m sure you know.

    You mentioned migraines. I’ve been a migraineur since my early 20s. Sumatriptan changed my life. I don’t know if you’ve tried it.

    Best regards,
    Annie

    • Thank you Annie. My wife’s suggestion is perfect and I have to be okay with myself on days when I feel too sick to do anything. I also started getting migraines when I was in my 20s. For years Topamax prevented most of them from occurring. Then that drug stopped working as well. I am allergic to all of the triptans. Botox really helps me. It cut my migraine days from about 17/month to about 5. Then when Covid-19 hit NY my March appointment was cancelled and the headache clinic was shut down. I finally got injections last week. They have not yet started working. I try to work through them but sometimes it is not possible. Okay enough complaining. Thanks again for your words.

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