Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Sketchbook Explorations

You know how much I love taking classes online. Anytime Lisa Congdon offers a class I am right there to take it. Her classes are really fabulous. Not only is she a great teacher, but she goes slowly so that you can really get a feel for her meditative process. I took her first sketchbook explorations class a few months ago and now I am taking her second one.

Her classes are really the only ones I can take lately. I have been so stressed out with everything that has been going on that I cannot concentrate or focus for long periods at a stretch. In fact I had signed up this summer for the third section of the Make It in Design school class called "Monetizing your Designs"  when the shit storm hit my life full throttle and I might as well have been trying to learn to speak Latin. There was no way to concentrate on that class and so I ended up losing a lot of money.

So I have been extremely careful about taking online classes right now and I know that I can do Lisa's classes since the repetition is very helpful to my fragile mental state right now.

In a couple of weeks this could all be over or not. I am going to try and continue my swims, my art and seeing friends. Those things help.

Sunday, September 20, 2015


I haven't worked in gouache in many years so I am re-learning how to work with them. I love the creamy consistency and the lovely flat matte colors that I am able to get. They are also easy to clean up and I can work here at my desk by the window in my bedroom without getting paint all over the place. I do miss my messy acrylics but the gouache will do for now.

Still working very abstractly and with mostly meditative and  repetitive strokes.

Friday, September 11, 2015

Summer is Over

We are back from Tucson now and my computer is fixed. On my last day there my computer hard drive failed completely. I took it to the genius bar at La Encantada Mall but they would have had to keep it for a few days and I was leaving the very next day, so I brought it home dead and took it to the Apple store here in Boston.

Luckily I had backed it up just a few days before I left for Arizona so no data was lost and my photos were all backed up on the cloud so I didn't lose anything.

I did do some drawing while I was out there. I was mesmerized by the deep maroon colors of the prickly pear fruit. In Florida the fruit was a lightish pink, so quite different. I couldn't sit out on the porch to draw though as I usually do since it was much too hot out there. Even with both ceiling fans going at full speed! It was like sitting in a convection oven!

All the cacti are so plump when it rains out there though. They all look quite happy.

There is still a lot of stress in my life right now which I can't/don't want to speak about. Suffice it to say that we are all under extreme duress and my artwork has really taken a back seat. Hopefully it will come back at some point and I will be able to concentrate on my work again. But not right now.