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…

Procrastinating - January 27, 2020

I heard recently that we procrastinate because of fear. There may be truth in that statement. 

A few weeks ago,  I enrolled in an online class taught by someone whose art I love, but who works in a medium I do not. It's not the first time I've done this and I learned a lot from the other class I took. 

This time it was acrylics and I was sure I'd be able to simply use the techniques in watercolor.  Ugh - the more I saw of the class, the more I felt I should try acrylics. 

But the cost! It's not just the materials (canvas, brushes and PAINT), but also having to go back to Square One. I like being in the high squares in watercolor 

I went to Hobby Lobby and used the 40% off coupon to get the large set of tester-sized acrylics. 

And then a cheap set of brushes that I hoped to goodness would be good enough since brushes are a huge investment.  

Last of all, I bought a surprisingly inexpensive set of four small canvases & some cheap watercolor pads. 

Then I looked at them all for a couple of days. Scared to try them.

Tonight I took the paints out and tried using them like watercolors.  There is an artist who makes very beautiful,  flowy watercolor-like acrylic paintings that I want to figure out the technique for.

My first try was less than impressive: 
This second one is better.

I'm still scared, but at least I'm not procrastinating. 


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