When the world shut down, I was painting interiors. But then, I started thinking about how I don’t have a dog and how much I love dogs. I thought of all the lucky dogs who have their people at home for a little while. I thought of essential workers who have to go into work and how they must feel when they come home to their four legged companions. I thought of dogs getting nice long walks in their neighbourhoods and people having time for them. I thought wouldn’t it be kind of fun to surprise some people I know by posting pictures on social media of their dogs and give them a little joy. Some people even gave me some requests! So with all these thoughts, I painted quite a few dogs for people to enjoy.
Because of the Corona Virus, I decided to paint interiors of my house. I am up to 5 realizing that I actually have more time to paint than ever before. These are watercolours and though I have run out of ultramarine blue I am making do with what I have.
The whole thing is not so hard for me being an artist type and slightly introverted person. I find the time passes quickly anyway because I can always find something to do whether it be cooking, baking, household chores, playing games with the kids, reading, watching shows or painting.
I hope you enjoy this series even though for fun I might paint some dogs. I love them and people have been sharing their furry friends online and I like them. Having a dog right now would be so wonderful. I wish I had one.
I totally hope that I get to blog more often during this time but I do hope life can be back to normal soon. In the meantime I will make the most of it and do the things I love.
I was making turkey soup and to my surprise I ran out of potatoes. I sent my husband, Duncan, to Sobeys to buy a number of items including some Tatamagouche Butter. I was thinking I might want to paint Tatamagouche Butter in watercolour and gouache. I discovered how well these mediums worked well for me while painting our neighbour’s gift of Apple Pie Jam. Unfortunately, and not surprisingly due to Christmas there was no longer any of that brand and he chose some ADL butter instead.
It has been over a year since I had painted a food “product”. But trying things in a new medium can make painting seem like a new experience. I wasn’t expecting my husband to pick up such a beautiful bag of potatoes. The logo looked very retro and I was immediately drawn to painting it instead of the butter.
I did the painting and I shared it on Instagram and to my surprise it has had 63 likes since I posted it. I have not had that many likes in over a year, I think. I normally don’t make such a big deal about the amount of likes, but this time I was regularly updating Duncan on how many and joked that my goal was to reach 50!
Anyhow, I am pleased with the result and I hope to make more of these in the new year! But today I might paint the raspberry pudding pie I made for dessert yesterday.
I decided in September that instead of doing an Inktober like everyone else, I would do a Noctober which involved not painting or drawing anything. I needed a break and I knew it. But what did I really need a break from? Was it the pressure to create? Was it lack of ideas? Well as you can see I failed miserably at trying to stop myself from painting. Turns out taking the pressure off helped me tremendously. I am always thinking too much and trying to come up with the best possible series. There is a lot of pressure to paint everyday because that is what I think is expected of me. I do see people who may or may not have busier lives than me succeed at this “painting or drawing a day” thing. Though I think it is great to be productive, I also think breaks are healthy.
This is what happened when I took a break from art. At first, I did pretty well. By Day 5, looking at a banana on the counter gave me the desire to paint its colour and shape. My day 6, I thought I am going to try drawing in ball point pen. So I made a Peanut Butter and Jelly sandwich and drew in my sketchbook. My mind was on the sandwich idea that has been successfully done so many times before. I thought this is okay that it has been done before. This is what I like to paint.
I watch kids after-school and my friend Leah who does the same, brought chalk so I drew a dragon for the kids to add too. I thought to myself, “This is cheating but I don’t care!” I was teaching art and painting apples with the kids. That was it! I couldn’t take it anymore! The next day I quit my Noctober! I painted a peanut butter sandwich and the following day a sliced apple. My advice is paint or take a break just be sure to do what you want!