My first sitting

Today I sat for Rose Davies as part of her Baby Boomers Project- a quick half hour drawing and a lot of talking about what it means to me/ to us to be part of the bay boomer generation. Sitting in the Creative Bubble I looked out of the window trying to look at nothing and let life pass by while I stayed still. Our conversation brought up memories, and bits of facts I had forgotten about and was surprised I remembered. I was born in 1961 and can remember events from about 5 years old. I remember the Cuban Crisis and and the horrors of the Vietnam war. Living with the Cold War was not something far away for me as I was brought up in West Germany but had family in the East. I didn’t really visit my aunts and cousins and their families until I was a teenager but my parents sent parcels of luxury goods like coffee and chocolate and that was just a regular thing to do. Later I went on marches against nuclear power stations. It was a time of challenging the generation of our parents and grand parents who had  been through two world wars, and of hope that there could be a different future with no more wars.

I was glad it was a short sitting for my first time but I could get used to it particularly sitting in a large window facing the street with lots happening outside- a whole new experience of the world. Rose is planning to do 100 drawings in a year and it will be fascinating to see what eventually comes out of this.

 

My first sitting