Monday, August 14, 2017

RIP Ceiny!


This is a sketch that Ceiny drew last November at the Hands Around the Lake event at Lake Merritt in Oakland.


In a Facebook post Feb. 23, days before the One Week 100 People drawing challenge Ceiny issued a challenge of her own by listing the names of nine artist-friends. She ended her post with these words: "Especially looking forward to yours Carrie Lee McClish!"

"Oh no she didn't!" I said to myself with a smile on my face. But that was Ceiny. That was her way of telling me, "hey, girl you can do this. I know you can!"

And I did it. I spent that week in March drawing 100 people on location, not from photos or a computer screen, but on the plaza near my office, in nearby coffee houses and restaurants, and even at church. And I did it in less than a week. 

Anytime I posted a sketch on Facebook Ceiny gave it a thumbs up or "hearted it." Her sense of wonder and enthusiasm for sketching made the past years five years that I spent sketching with her a joy-filled journey of growth and discovery.

Her spirit will live on in all of us who knew and sketched with her.

Rest In Peace, Ceiny!

Below is an iPad portrait I drew of Ceiny in the days following her death.






5 comments:

  1. I'm so glad you posted your great sketch of Ceiny and shared how she inspired (and creatively challenged) you. The sign on the Lake sketch you posted echoes what I saw in Ceiny: Love + Action, Not Hate.

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    1. Thank you Sonia. You are so right about those words on the sign in Ceiny's drawing!

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  2. Carrie, your sketch of Ceiny not only captured her likeness and spirit but you even captured a bit of Ceiny's drawing style--I thought at first it was one she had drawn. Beautiful tribute and great sketch!

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  3. Thank you Jana! That means a lot coming from you because you are such a creative iPad artist. Thank you also for bringing me into this group because if that hadn't happened I wouldn't have had the opportunity to meet Ceiny and you and the other core members. Being part of this group brought much joy into my life!

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