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…

Heavy Handed - January 20, 2020

I want to do more large-scale heart paintings and thought a rainbow would look nice. I made swatches of each color family and chose my favorite shade from each to make my rainbow.  

Then I made a swatch of all the rainbow shades to make sure they worked well together. 

I hated it.

The rainbow is lovely, but too heavy-handed, too saturated.  The artists I follow on social media use a light touch which is probably why I admire them. That's not my usual thing.

Since I already had the colors out, I thought I would try again. I put down the water - so MUCH water - there was no way it would work. Then I touched teensy bits of color down, ROYGBIV. I flicked color and more water.

And it worked.

Never give up! Never surrender! 


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