This is a strange time we are living in.
In the midst of the COVID – 19 epidemic, people all over the world are finding themselves at home.
We are not used to having this much time. Most of us pack in every moment with work, events, and other activities. We are rarely ever still. At least I know this is the case for myself and my family. Because of this, I know that it’s sometimes hard to find the time to do things like paint and create.
I asked in post several months ago what keeps you from painting and the number one response was lack of time. I wrote a blog post with some suggestions about how to carve out more time and paint.
We are living in a different world now It’s amazing how everything can change so quickly. Now, events are cancelled. Stores and schools are closed and many businesses have shut down for a season. This is a hard time for all of us. I know that some of you might be struggling with boredom and loneliness. There are only so many hours one can spend binge watching Netfix!
Then there are those of us who’s responsibilities have shifted. I, for example, am now a 4th grade and PreK home school teacher! It’s stressful and much harder than my job as an artist. Sometimes I just need to get away and paint.
As creatives we get to embrace this time and CREATE!
We don’t know how long this is going to last. Imagine if at the end of it, you could look back and see a whole new body of artwork that you created! What if you could pick up some new techniques and skills? I don’t know about you, but when I am painting, I can lose all track of time and just immerse myself in my work. Sometimes I’m so absorbed in my piece that I don’t even realize what I have done. Then I step back and realize something incredible has happened that I got to be a part of!
Art helps us to deal with our fears.
It gives us something new to focus on.
It gives us confidence.
Painting keeps our brains activated.
Now is the time to finally dig into that online class that you purchased months ago!
I would love for my classes to be a sanctuary for you in this crazy world. Let this newfound time be the reason you need to get started.
Feeling lonely and need to connect?
I love checking in on the group and see students encouraging one another. I have students all over the world, which is crazy! This is a way for you to meet each other and connect. I’ve even seen students put each other up to art challenges! I think we all need that support and encouragement. Especially now!
I love seeing posts like these!
I can’t wait to see what you do in this season!
Take care friends. Stay safe and healthy! Keep creating!