Paralyzed From the Brain Down - April 3, 2020

To say the past weeks have been weird is an understatement. I have been trying to work from home, but it's difficult. What's worse is that I'm home more, but am completely unable to paint! I'm paralyzed and I can't figure out what's wrong. My husband says all psychological problems are inherently fixable if you can articulate what the problem is. So when I can't articulate it, I feel worse, like it's only ME standing in the way of feeling better. If only I were smarter.
One fun thing is that my siblings and I are all talking more online. Yesterday we had the best conversation because one never-available-when-we-group-call sibling actually took part! Unfortunately, they also got mad when I took a (lot) screenshots. I touched up one of the screenshots to show how they should really feel about me. 

I'm thinking of downloading some filters for my next meeting at work and looking like the potato lady I can't stop laughing at this picture. 

And laugh…

Ferns - December 3, 2019

When you're typing on a phone,  you can't get long-winded, no matter how much you want to say.

I left my ferns sketchbook at work yesterday which really threw a monkey wrench in my plans. BTW, I love this sketchbook - a woman at work shares my love for all things papery and showed me how to use the disc-binding system for journals and notebooks. It's the perfect solution for sketchbooks,  too, since I can make them any size, at any time. No more wasted pages! No more "not enough pages"! 

Ever since i did that Color Mingling class from Danielle Donaldson, I've wanted to try painting and drawing more ferns. I bought a weeded copy of a ferns nature guide from the library and cut it up into single pictures, each one getting its own page.

From there, I try to capture the essence of its overall frond shape,  its leaves and the curve of the stem.  The idea was to use these as the bases (basises?) (basisii?) (basii?) of my own ferns paintings. 

Here was my first try: 

I tried to be too realistic.  Simplify! Simplify!  Simplify! 

There's a life lesson in that!


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