It has been WAY too long since I contributed to this. Life has had other plans for me for awhile, –but I’m back!
To jump start my artwork I again turned to the Oakville Art Society and took an acrylic course with Robin Mitchell. You may remember earlier posts where I painted scenes from western Canada and Florida in his classes? He encourages you to paint something new every week, so you definitely come away with a sense of accomplishment. So I will begin by posting examples of the assignments I completed in his class. It felt really good to “play with paint” again and became clear as glass (pun intended) that I need to be painting again!
I had forgotten how good I feel when I’m painting! July 2018 I had major surgery that really “pulled the rug out from under me” and so I had put my paints away for awhile. I needed time to sort myself out before I could return to it. Someone suggested I use my art to work to help me to get through, but somehow I didn’t want to stain it with my challenges. So I turned to other methods of working through my recovery.
Now here we are and everyone has had the “rug pulled out from under them” with COVID-19!
Life is certainly different at the moment. I don’t want to go into long dialogue about this time in our history. You can turn on the TV, radio or go online for updates.
I’ve discovered that painting is a way for me to “run away” from day to day challenges and give me a break. It’s like reading a good book. You can immerse yourself in it! We all need a little respite from our current reality. I sincerely hope that you’ve found yours. Above all be kind to yourself and to others. Our world is full of heroes.
I’ve been trying new things while “staying safe at home” (everyone’s new mantra). I did an online “paint along” which was a challenge as it’s hard to keep up, but I was pleased with the finished product:
I also tried completing another challenge today with an artist I’ve actually had a very successful workshop with, hers was beautiful, but alas not so successful (on my part). My take away: I have developed my own way of doing things and I really need to be true to myself! I also need to work small on these particular projects. So certainly not a waste of time! I have learned new tips and tricks or had techniques reinforced by doing these exercises and I will continue to look at other’s methods as you can always learn something new! I may take this “work in progress” (which I honestly hate) and turn it into something more up my alley. It’s only paint, and you do need to know when to put down the brush.
“Live to paint another day!”