There are a couple of conversations happening on my easel right now. Like the first presidential debate of 2020, except they’re getting along. Different values, same stage. Actually, my paint forms and oil paintings have the same values – just different ideas about getting there.
I had a few hours between jobs and wanted to paint but it was 80 degrees and sunny.
My wacky schedule has me juggling paint and down time. I’ve been dipping my toes into plein air situations, despite being fussy about painting scenarios. These recent open air paintings on paper have very little to do with what I’m doing – aside from opening potential to strike up conversations about purchasing work or raffle tickets.
To me, this plein air thing is more of a skill-building exercise than anything else. I don’t typically do these types of beachscapes, nor do I prefer to work quickly, or in public. I don’t like talking while painting. Heck, I don’t even like listening to music with lyrics at my easel.
These masks came to fruition by chance in my process of solving problems five or six deep.
I’ve been distracted by projects lately. One led to another, which led to another. One day I’ll slow down enough to fill you in, but it started with an audiobook which led to ordering a new filing cabinet. Next thing I knew, paintings were stacked in the hallways, my website was (is) under construction, and I had (still have) an enormous organization project underway.
It’s not finished yet, but there is a new (and completely functional) gallery shop on this site too. It’s where you can go to find available originals… it’s HERE if you want to take a sneak peek.
Please take a minute to check out how fun these paintings and drawings translated into face masks. As of this post, I have over forty posted to choose from.
That’s one of the wet paint booby traps on my easel in the background.
I’ve been painting so much during this coronavirus catastrophe that I got a blister on my middle finger. I don’t want to accidentally flip anyone the bird by sharing a picture. Plus manicures during social distancing…
I was an early adopter of the whole self-quarantine thing too… apparently mildly and appropriately paranoid. Like, I skipped MadJam and everything.
I’m grateful to be healthy and pray my loved ones are able to stay healthy too.