A journalist from Gaza exploits domestic stone to restore her hobby in painting

The long time spent by young journalist Khawla Al-Khalidi from Gaza City has pushed home stone to avoid the new Corona virus to restore her hobby in drawing beautiful paintings that simulate nature and beautiful scenery.

On the fifth of last March, the Palestinian Authority declared a state of emergency as soon as the first cases of HIV were recorded in the city of Bethlehem, in the south of the West Bank, and took necessary measures to prevent the spread of the disease.

Precautionary measures included isolation in homes, restricting movement, closing schools, churches, mosques, shops, restaurants, clubs, and gyms and banning public gatherings.

Khawla, who works as an anchor on official Palestine TV, says she spends many hours drawing art

She added, “I decided from the first moment to declare a state of emergency and restrict movement, to restore my hobby by drawing after an absence of more than 10 years.”

The young woman, thirtieth, added, “I rushed to a library to buy the tools necessary for painting, such as colors and whiteboards, describing that moment as a double-edged sword, the first joy to return to drawing again, and the second fear of failure to restore her hobby and practice it professionally.”

The mother explains to four children that “her constant preoccupation with work and caring for the family prompted her to give up her favorite hobby by using feather and colors to draw whatever she likes.”

Khawla took several hours to overcome her fears after her success in painting on glass as her first experience.

“Over the course of a month of home stone, I managed to draw dozens of glass panels, and I show them at home so I can be proud of what they made in front of my family,” says the young woman, who is happy.

And she adds, “It is a beautiful feeling to be able to create beauty on your own.”

The young woman’s paintings and brushes include nature’s various types of trees, seas, rivers, sunrise and sunset.

According to Khawla, her drawing practice was not intended to earn money in light of the economic conditions in the sector, as much as it is to enhance her hobby and the participation of her four beautiful children, through which they can overcome the boredom and boredom of staying at home for many hours.

“I am a mother and a homemaker before I am a journalist, and it is natural for me to feel anxiety and fear about the current situation we are living in due to the outbreak of the Coronavirus, but I decided to be positive and convey my feelings to others through my paintings,” she says.

Al-Khaldi uses her personal accounts on social media to publish her paintings to her followers, as she receives praise and encouragement from them through positive comments on the drawings.

“The media’s role is not only limited to conveying the message by disseminating information about the emerging Corona virus, but it can be effective in its community, calling on citizens to invest their positive energies in what is beneficial to them,” she says.

To date, Palestine has recorded 375 HIV infections in the Gaza Strip, the West Bank and East Jerusalem, including 66 cases of recovery and two deaths, according to the Palestinian Ministry of Health.

Commenting on that, Al-Khalidi said that the Corona crisis is a temporary stage that will end sooner or later, “then it is sufficient for us to prepare ourselves for what comes after Coruna and strengthen our resolve with positivity.”

Al-Khalidi aspires to hold an exhibition that displays her paintings, in which she tells the diary of Corona in the home stone, to prove to the world that the Palestinians have the ability to be optimistic and dream about a promising future.

(Source / 18.04.2020) 

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