Late Night Open Thread - Just Trying to Forget About the Ugliness of Humanity

This is my first posting to Groupthink after getting author privileges. I hope I don’t screw it up or break the rules. Everytime I look at the news, either online or on TV, it’s all about the Paris bombings/shootings (and nothing about the bombing in Beirut). Worse, ‘Murica has kicked into high-gear xenophobia about banning refugees that are Muslim and the comments around the Gawker-verse are even worse. You’d think this was Breibart or Drudge.

So to clear my brain I rummaged around the house, found all my drawing supplies, which include chalks, charcoals, pastels, and pen and ink, and decided I would lose myself in something creative.

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My question to everyone else is, how are you coping with the negativity? There are no wrong answers except ones involving violence.

Also, it gives me a reason to post my art. I’m about half-way done with this piece. I’m either going to continue to a finished, all-pen-and-ink drawing, or I may veer in the direction of adding pastel colors to it.

This is the source picture I’m working from (I took it on the shore of Puget Sound, on a beach called Larrabee State Park, back in July):

And the work in progress: