- I briefly thought that self-isolating would mean an "at-home art retreat," but not so :(
Instead it seems to mean noticing all those to-do things that fell off the list for the past 5 years. However, persevering when the March weather is not for gardening and the floors are spotless ...
Yes, we got sideswiped by the COVID-19 issues, so all the coaching sessions and final workshop are cancelled. However, we are creative, so the course is extended to the end of April and coaching is moved online - email and a special Facebook group just for us: "Valley Visual Artists - Merritt"
- Most of the class signed up for the Facebook group and some are starting to post their homework on the page. It is amazing how much difference even a little practice makes in the watercolour skills. It really could happen that people will be able to paint independently by the end of the course.
- I painted the second gesso layer (final preparation layer before painting) on more than a dozen canvases and panels that have been waiting patiently in the basement for a couple years. Now they are ready for any acrylic painting I might feel the inspiration to tackle, instead of a task waiting to be done. No more excuses :)
- I finished the black gesso and white acrylic paint "Moonstruck" acrylic painting that I started only a couple weeks ago -record time for me! As usual, I got hung up on perfecting the final little tiny details (like the pointy moon). Enough already! See the sequence below (the colour shifts are just photographing in different light or camera settings.) So now it will be varnished (matte or satin finish) in a couple days when fully dry. Next...
Valley Visual Artists
Merritt once had a local art group called "Valley Visual Artists." They painted together regularly, organized annual art shows and hosted art workshops. It faded away, but never really disappeared. Maybe the VVA will rise again...