Senior uses painting to keep her spirits up during challenging times

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Emily Merritt

Emily Merritt (12) paints to keep herself busy and positive during the stay at home order.

On March 23, the St. Louis County Lockdown was put into order. Since then, there has been another lockdown order placed by the state of Missouri. The community is supposed to stay at home unless they are going to an essential job, the grocery store, or the pharmacy.

 Since then I have been in quarantine. With all this time on my hands, I had to try and find new hobbies and things to do around my house.

 I ordered canvases and paint from Walmart Pick-Up service and have the ability to express myself through art. I was really never interested in painting until now. I did take 2-D Art and 3-D Art at Oakville but never moved on above that. 

So far I have painted a girl wearing a cap and gown at graduation. She is wearing a mask due to the spread of COVID-19. I painted this to show my class, the Class of 2020. We know we had our last day of high school on March 13 and will not be returning. We are waiting to hear what we are going to do for graduation and prom still, but we have no idea.

I have also painted a sign saying “Bee happy” with dashes as the bee’s tracks into a heart and a little bee. I am trying to start painting positive things to keep my spirits up.