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…

Continuing Education - January 11, 2020

Tonight I finished watching the final segment of my Laura Horn art class called Watercolor Explorations. To prepare for the final piece, we were directed to take a look at all the work we'd done and choose the parts of everything we liked best: color swatches, mark making, and bleeding/hard edge samples.

I decided to work with four main colors (moonglow, mayan blue, transparent red oxide & white). I wanted to make sure I balanced my hard & soft edges (that's something I've never tried before in paintings and I'm really enjoying it). After I laid down the initial layers of paint, I looked for places that needed a different pop of color. I added some purple madder for contrast and some quinacridone gold deep for warmth & a yellow glow. 

Then I watched paint dry.

moonglow disperses into the most beautiful colors - it's like getting 3 colors in one! 

One of the accidental shapes I did in my exercises was a doughnut hole in a circle. It's one of those weird things
I'll never be able to justify or explain to anyone else, but I put it here because I like it. 

The purple madder bleeding into the  transparent red oxide mixed with white is mellifluous...
Here's the piece so far. 

Tomorrow I'll look at the painting and decide what other marks I want to put on it. I usually add pen, but we'll see if I stay traditional or try something different.

It occurred to me tonight that I am so lucky to live now. I can take classes (that I like) from home! I am still learning new things and it's ok! Growth! Growth! Growth!

All in all, a great way to end a pretty Saturday.


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