Paul Schulenburg

Notebook, 2008
Oil on Canvas
36 x 36 in
In this time of "social distancing", I picked this painting I call "Notebook" to portray the feeling of isolation many people are currently feeling. The painting portrays a woman in a café window in Portland, Maine, but could be in any older town in America. She is alone, behind glass windows, writing in a journal. Perhaps she is working out her hopes and dreams, making plans. Perhaps she is making a list of things to do, we're making a list of things she wants to talk about with a loved one. From her glass box, she can observe the outside world. But the streets are empty. No one walking. No cars going by.

As I am writing this, many people are communicating from behind masks, through glass partitions, over videoconferencing. We are all looking forward to the time when we can once again gather in cafés together, walk down city streets, and meet and greet our neighbors.