Paralyzed From the Brain Down - April 3, 2020

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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…

Fernscapes - December 5, 2019


It turned out! Matte white acrylic paint is my friend. I love how it gives it a richer, more painterly look. Oil paintings have a quality that I both love and don't love - the acrylic gives me the part I like. 

This painting has several layers to it - the drawing, the watercolor,  acrylic paint, water-soluble graphite and then the part that made it pop: watercolor stick. The lavender on the leaves was just what it needed.

Reading: not a darn thing
Learning: how to keep out of other people's business (a lifelong weakness, in afraid)
Working: December's book orders (25!) And still not done with the PowerPoint for tomorrow's all-staff meeting 😭
Playing:  Roller coaster Tycoon (so many feels)
Worry: my tooth hurts and i can't get to the dentist until next week. I just tell myself the worst that can happen is that I lose the tooth. If it really hurts, I can go to urgent care.  Again. 
Secret thoughts: I'm so relieved about that relationship that broke. Guiltily relieved. 
Happiness: the car is back! It came in $500 under estimate! Brian needs a hearing aid! My voice is in the exact range he can't hear. The universe laughs and so do I!

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