Thursday, May 28, 2020

100 Days of COVID-19, Day 59

My Art in the Time of a Pandemic

What the world needs now . . . 
Postcard no. 67.  I am swell.  Wish you were here. by Suzanne Coley
Is Love, Sweet Love


*Coronavirus Disease 2019:
Update in Maryland- 5/28/2020
49,709 confirmed cases 
2,428 deaths   3,468 recovered

Update in New York State - 5/28/2020
366,733 confirmed cases 
29,529 deaths    64,954 recovered

Total in United States: 1,721,753 confirmed cases, 101,616 deaths
Total Worldwide: 5,808,672 confirmed cases, 360,289 deaths


* All numbers are taken from Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

100 Days of COVID-19, Day 58

My Art in the Time of a Pandemic

The Gracious Light of the Sun
Here is a sneak peek of my newest book, Sonnet VII.
All pages are custom printed using linocuts and silkscreens.  


*Coronavirus Disease 2019:
Update in Maryland- 5/27/2020
48,423 confirmed cases 
2,392 deaths   3,401 recovered

Update in New York State - 5/27/2020
364,965 confirmed cases 
29,484 deaths    64,632 recovered

Total in United States: 1,699,126 confirmed cases, 100,411 deaths
Total Worldwide: 5,690,951 confirmed cases, 355,615 deaths


* All numbers are taken from Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

100 Days of COVID-19, Day 57

My Art in the Time of a Pandemic

Balloons and Little Horse

Today's postage stamp is from Romania.  Issued on 26 November 1981, this postage stamp celebrates children's games, with a print run of 475,000.  The illustration on the postage stamp is by American artist Norman Rockwell (3 February 1894 - 8 November 1978).

Norman Rockwell paintings and illustrations continue to have a broad appeal in the United States for their reflection of American culture through two World Wars, the Great Depression, and the civil rights struggles.  

According to the Norman Rockwell Museum, "his works often provided levity during times of great strife."  Rockwell is most famous for his illustrations of everyday life for the covers for The Saturday Evening Post magazine for more than fifty years.


*Coronavirus Disease 2019:
Update in Maryland- 5/26/2020
47,687 confirmed cases 
2,333 deaths   3,334 recovered

Update in New York State - 5/26/2020
363,836 confirmed cases 
29,302 deaths    64,443 recovered

Total in United States: 1,680,913 confirmed cases, 98,913 deaths
Total Worldwide:       5,589,626 confirmed cases, 350,453 deaths


* All numbers are taken from Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center

Monday, May 25, 2020

100 Days of COVID-19, Day 56

My Art in the Time of a Pandemic

 Today is Memorial Day,
J dressed in period costume at Fort McHenry National Monument, Baltimore
an official federal holiday in the United States for paying tribute to those who have fought and died while serving in the US Armed Forces.  From 1868 through 1970, Memorial Day was observed on May 30, now it is observed on the last Monday of May.

Thank you to those in uniform serving today and to those who have served in the past. 


*Coronavirus Disease 2019:
Update in Maryland- 5/25/2020
47,152 confirmed cases 
2,302 deaths   3,329 recovered

Update in New York State - 5/25/2020
362,764 confirmed cases 
29,229 deaths    64,280 recovered

Total in United States: 1,662,250 confirmed cases, 98,218 deaths
Total Worldwide:       5,493,482 confirmed cases, 346,209 deaths


* All numbers are taken from Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center

Sunday, May 24, 2020

100 Days of COVID-19, Day 55

My Art in the time of a Pandemic

Postcard no. 63, I am swell.  Wish you were here.  by Suzanne Coley
Today's postage stamp was issued in May 1974 by The Maldives to commemorate the life of Spanish painter Pablo Ruiz Picasso (1881-1974).  Picasso spent his adult life in France and is regarded as one of the most influential artists of the 20th Century.

Six different stamps of Picasso's paintings were issued with this series. Today's postage stamp is called Les Deux Saltimbanques or Harlequin and His Companion.  The original 73 x 60 cm, oil on canvas, is housed at the Pushkin Museum, Moscow.

According to Picasso's website, street entertainers, such as the figure of the harlequin or acrobat "represented for Picasso the dark side of the city" and they would feature prominently in his work over the next few years.  

Today in the news:


*Coronavirus Disease 2019:
Update in Maryland- 5/24/2020
46,313 confirmed cases 
2,277 deaths   3,319 recovered

Update in New York State - 5/24/2020
361,515 confirmed cases 
29,141 deaths    64,080 recovered

Total in United States: 1,642,021 confirmed cases, 97,698 deaths
Total Worldwide:       5,405,029 confirmed cases, 344,997 deaths


* All numbers are taken from Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center

Saturday, May 23, 2020

100 Days of COVID-19, Day 54

My Art in the Time of a Pandemic

Stamps as History
Today's postage stamp is from the German Democratic Republic (GDR); Deutsche Demokratische Republik (DDR),  Magdeburg.  I don't know much about the history of this stamp and am very curious about it.

Issued on 23 September 1969, it is a photogravure print with a face value of 10 Pf. - East German pfennig with a print run of 10,000,000.  I looked on-line for information and read that the theme of the issue was "Anniversaries and Jubilees/ Buildings/ Coats of Arms/ Townscapes/ City views".  Series: 20 years GDR
Expiry date: 2 October 1990. 

Stamp number: DD 1134   
Michel: DD 1500



*Coronavirus Disease 2019:
Update in Maryland- 5/23/2020
45,495 confirmed cases 
2,243 deaths   3,283 recovered

Update in New York State - 5/23/2020
359,926 confirmed cases 
29,031 deaths    63,292 recovered

Total in United States: 1,622,612 confirmed cases, 97,087 deaths
Total Worldwide:       5,309,362 confirmed cases, 342,097 deaths


* All numbers are taken from Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center

Friday, May 22, 2020

100 Days of COVID-19, Day 53

My Art in the Time of a Pandemic

Keep Dreaming Big!

Today's stamp is from The Republic of Maldives.  Issued on February 1, 1974, it is a multicolored offset lithographic print of Mercury-Atlas and astronaut John Glenn.

Mercury-Atlas (MA-6) was the first American orbital space flight, which took place February 20, 1962. It was piloted by John Glenn and operated by NASA as part of Project Mercury.


*Coronavirus Disease 2019:
Update in Maryland- 5/22/2020
44,424 confirmed cases 
2,207 deaths   3,243 recovered

Update in New York State - 5/22/2020
358,154 confirmed cases 
28,853 deaths    63,292 recovered

Total in United States: 1,600,937 confirmed cases, 95,979 deaths
Total Worldwide:       5,210,817 confirmed cases, 338,160 deaths


* All numbers are taken from Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center

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