I pray that you all are well. How has the current national situation changed your art output if at all? I have found options in creating smaller pieces of art and trying to keep my studio a bit cleaner. That my real challenge. Here in Virginia I'm looking forward to displaying my work again soon in neighboring public spaces. What are your experiences?
I did a drawing today (a fully completed pencil drawing 11 x 14) and I haven't done that for years. Since I can't go anywhere much except down to the boardwalk or to the local hiking trail with the camera, I figured I might as well draw. It's a "passable" drawing. Took me about 3-4 hours.
Well done, Janine, am so grateful you won the battle.
Mary, this isolation, !!!, I took to photographing the toilet roll cannister!! lol. New category: Isolation Art!
Glad you're drawing!
Dear Otis, so glad to know you're doing well, still among us, thoughtful as ever, and SAFE, WELL!
Mike, you, too.
I've been lucky. I can do my photography and walk or drive around, and shoot pictures of outdoor objects in my area, every day if I wish, without interacting too closely with people. In Los Angeles, the warmish weather is a huge benefit in winter. And, luckily, all my photo editing is done at home then posted online. This creative routine has kept me sane since the L.A. lockdown started in March 2020.
My productivity has fallen off a ledge and what I have shot, I don't like. I really want to be walking around in urban areas, doing something like street photography, but it's not working well these days. Walking around in the woods, shooting pictures of nature and birds is nice but it's not really me. I've been doing some of that so I don't forget how to use a camera, but I have no illusions about it.
I've been postponing doing a bunch of computer upgrades, including my photo editing software, which will require updating everything because I don't really want to pay for a version upgrade at this time. I may just ditch all of this. I logged in here a short time ago because I was postponing looking at a recent crop of photos.
Actually, I enjoy having more time to create and think I produced some of my best works in the last 12 months. Even my online sales were the best I ever had. I am grateful to be healthy and with the drive to paint.
I have been pretty much isolating in my room for the past week while a family member in my home is dealing with Covid. During that time I have done quite a bit of work. I created a pastel, worked on two greeting card series, and today I worked on a graphic repeat pattern. I have also done some promotion. I am trying to stay busy so I won't think about the possibility of getting sick. I am hoping for some nice weather this week so I can finally get out into my garden.
Peace. Thanks friends for your input. Glad to hear from you all. I feel that your thoughts are helpful to us all. Thanks for sharing. The world needs our art. We help to get folks through this mess. Keep at it.
I've got cabin fever from too many rainy days so I'm heading off on a photography road trip this week. Will be shooting in the Nevada desert, Mono Lake, then heading west to the northern California coast, starting just north of San Francisco at Stinson, then traveling north along the coast on Highway 1 to northern Mendocino County. I'll have minimal contact with people. Gas stations and grocery stores as needed, though I'm bringing tons of food so I'll only need to buy milk and ice along the way. Will be sleeping in my truck and cooking my meals on a one-burner until I get to a house on family land up north to regroup. Staying away from people is my usual MO even when there's no pandemic. Hope to return with enough useable photos to justify the work.
With travel limited at best, I have had to photograph much closer to home. In fact my backyard has been a godsend. I never thought I would be very good at bird photography but feel I have done much better than I thought possible for myself. I'm a bit worried though that I might get "pigeonholed" as a bird photographer. Sorry for the pun.