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        Hi all.....from my own little enveloped world to yours.                              I send my warmest thoughts and wishes.

Some of you may find that you are painting up a a storm during this difficult time while others might curiously not be painting at all.  I wish I could tell you I have completed 20 paintings while sheltering in place, but I can't. I've been a NON painter. 
I spent the first days of sheltering in place organizing, cleaning closets and gardening....not painting.  These activities are totally not my usual chosen tasks.  My theory is that these mundane tasks gave me a sense of control, a start and defined successful conclusion in a world in flux.  The thought of painting a "PAINTING" felt stressful instead of exciting. 
HOWEVER, cleaning my studio was the game changer.  Being surrounded by my brushes, palette and an array of drawing materials gave me the itch to sketch.  So I grabbed my sketchbook and began exploring my petite sheltered world. 

I sketched "My World,"  my 1/4 acre of earth I live on.  I've been noticing the light and subsequent shadows coming in the living room, the bougainvillea climbing over the fence, the rolly bollies eating the lettuce in my garden, my dog Maggie sleeping and dreaming/twitching next to the fireplace, chopped up vegetables on my cutting board, an interesting clutter of shoes on my closet floor (not tidied up in the cleaning frenzy), the extra tilted stack of canned goods and the unique worm's eye view I had noticed while weeding in the backyard.  I''ve been using my black Elegant Calligraphy pen to sketch.  When water is applied to the drawn ink, the ink changes to blue and pink. See examples above.

This lead me to throw a lot of watercolor paint over several pieces of sketch paper and produce some more WHIMSY DOODLES.
I  painted wet into wet with splatter and salt.  I collaged, applied wax paper, frisket and stenciled on these sheets.  Once they dried I looked for critters, people, imaginary figures or scenes.  The process is like viewing the clouds and seeing a floating horse or giant mushrooms in the sky.  I get lost in this process (which is nice these days) and it always makes me smile. It's a non judgemental process and it lets your light hearted creative genius out.                                              Examples above and below.

I'll be sending out a plethora of suggestions next week of art viewings and activities that might interest you during this time. 

Until then, from MY WORLD to YOUR WORLD, be safe and be kind  and gentle to yourself.
Copyright © 2020 Cathy Quiel, All rights reserved.

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