Fifteen minutes

I had exactly fifteen minutes to draw — the time it takes from when you finish getting your Covid19 vaccine until the time it is safe to leave the vaccination site. These people also had fifteen minutes. Knowing that I would have a bit of time there, I brought along a sketchbook and a brush pen. At first I started to draw carefully but then my drawing became more animated. Excitement, relief, happiness to be drawing people? A bit of everything I suppose. I forgot to date the drawing before scanning it but I will now. I don’t want to forget this.

39 Comments on “Fifteen minutes”

  1. I sketched during my two 15 min waits as well..practiced chairs too.. So happy you are vaccinated!! Eileen

    We are getting there!!



  2. Paul Andrews says:

    Nice work! Congratulations on the vaccination.


  3. Judy Sopher says:

    I’m still waiting for mine tho I am on a list. But when I go I will take my sketch pad and pen along. 15 min. will be a challenge. Are you sure to want to remember this, however!

    I do have a question. I don’t like rough paper . What cold press do you recommend? Thanks..


  4. Susan says:

    Congratulations, Shari! It is exciting isn’t it?


  5. lois says:

    Yay for your vaccine! I get my second one next week. It feels so good, doesn’t it?!


  6. What a smart idea! I wish I had thought of that. This is something you will be glad you captured – a moment in time!


  7. Janice Alvord says:

    Same for us, I took my camera. I’m a scrapbooker… Congratulations on getting your vaccine.


  8. jankto says:

    Congratulations on getting your vaccine! Still on the waiting list here.


  9. Marilyn Hansen says:

    Glad you got your vaccine Shari! I just got my second one. Love the sketching of the people. I need to sketch more figures!


  10. Cindy Wahlstrom says:

    Love this! Strange and trying times for so many. We were relieved when we had ours, especially the final. Still practicing all the precautions. Finding out last night that a young loved one is in peril hit us in the deepest parts of humanity. Life is hard and Covid has deepened the difficulty for so many. Creating is a healthy and needed outlet.

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  11. Kate Burroughs says:

    I did the same thing with my second shot. We had an hour wait the first time, just to get into the building. Wished I had brought a sketchbook that time! Second time was a 5 minute wait and we were chatting with a friend the whole time.


  12. Laurel says:

    I got my second shot today, wish I had thought to bring my sketchbook.


  13. Ginny says:

    You turned a chore (even if one you were grateful to get done) into a sketch event! Bravo Shari! Love your people! Urban sketchers unite!


  14. De says:

    Looks just like the “waiting room” when we got our vaccines in Florida! People spread out, chairs facing in all directions; people “taking control” by moving their chair that suits them. You’re so smart to record this unforgettable time in our history.


  15. Linda Murray says:

    Where was my head!? Wish I would have taken my sketchbook 🤔 Got my 2nd shot and looking ahead to better times or back to normal. Told my husband, instead of a mortgage burning party, I’m having a mask burning party when all is done. 👍


    • Linda, so happy you were vaccinated too!
      As for the masks, I think they will still be around for a while. I’m so used to them now, I hardly notice when I have one on. Strange times.


  16. Doug Hilborn says:

    Nice sketch and congratulations on getting the vaccine

    Sent from my iPhone



  17. Bernadette says:

    So good to use every opportunity to draw. It’s also a great way to record the day of those who were vaccinated. Luckily I have had both shots. My husband remains on a waiting list? I too have had several menders of our family who did not escape the virus.


  18. Soni says:

    we shared the same thought, deed and resulting emotion. hurrahs for us as recorders and for all of us as humanity trying to find better ways ahead


  19. I made a really bad small biro sketch of a health worker at my first Covid test, now a year later I doubt I’ll ever throw that sketch away. It speaks volumes.


  20. I like your words…..excitement, relief, happiness to be drawing people? I was vaccinated a few days after you here in B.C. I’m still trying to let it all sink in. I am enjoying being a new follower of your sketchbook blog.


    • Yes, all of those feelings for sure. So happy you were vaccinated too Linda. Things are getting worse in Quebec, as they are in BC, so it is a small relief to have had the shot even if we continue to remain mostly at home as we did before. It just makes a little less worrisome when we go out to get groceries or do other errands. I’m sure you feel the same way.


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