It has been a "minute" since I last sent our a blog post. I had been wondering what my new role could be during the period of isolation. I have decided to keep painting and teaching. The main way I am teaching is on my Youtube channel. I hope you will subscribe to it and make my spirits soar.
This was a recent video about creating compositions. If you like it please leave me a thumbs up and hit the subscribe and notifications button. If you do this you will invited to the next "live" Q and A session.
It is officially Peony Quest 2020 time. I will be painting these lovely forms while they are blooming in my garden. I started to do this in 2013 and each year I try my best to improve. I hope you will subscribe to my Youtube channel and explore these flowers with me.
It seems like everyday is a figuring out opportunity. How are you solving the problems that pop up.
We are using humor and logic, although sometimes that is not enough. At those times we just say we will figure things out.
During this stay at home time. I seem to be painting very happy paintings. I am also painting larger. Most of them are 14 x 20 inches. I call this one planning for the future, a new beginning, a new start, hoping for a better world. How are you doing.
You can use any red, yellow and blue to do this task. In fact it is fun to try a few and get different results.
I am just finishing up a class a took where I made larger paintings out of several smaller subjects you can see them in my large paintings page on my website. I plan to do more of these. It is a design challenge I enjoy.
Are you feeling like you are on an ocean voyage too? How are you coping with this extended time ? I am curious to know how creative people manage to keep their heads on straight. I have decided to be the captain of this sailing vessel. Nobody knows this but me.....and now you.
I have my new space to work in. This is where I will be sheltering in place. Hopefully learning and sharing along the way.
There was some drama while making these changes but in the end I think it will work out great. I need a floor in the studio. It will be gray and then I can get my easel and painting tables in there. I will have blinds for the windows too because in the summer the sun comes in at a strong angle.
This will be my new studio. I just need to get the floor insulated. We were making good progress until I ordered some online furniture that started "off gassing". It made me sick and that meant it all had to leave as quickly and responsibly as possible. That just happened this morning. Now one more coat of white paint and we can get to the floor issue. The room is about 12x12 so it is smaller than my old studio but the windows are pretty great. I look forward to my new "Disneyland".
What I have learned so far :
Only buy from environmentally responsible sources if possible. I did not do my research and that was a mistake.
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