A Holding Pattern and the Struggle to Land N ow more than ever do you find yourself asking "How am I doing?" How many times have you said, "It's been a really weird year"? It seems trivial to say the big challenges are about readjusting our daily lives. Over the past eight months, we've had to reconfigure how to shop and keep 6' apart, attend school, see the doctor, enjoy a dinner out....and just breathe! So, just last week as I was painting on a most difficult piece and pondering my personal challenges, I decided that the phrase "Life imitates art" is relevant more than ever. Are my struggles at the easel in effect, in sync with the world around us? Why yes they are. Let me explain. On my easel sits a piece that is whooping my butt ! I would work for 4 hours on a particular area of the piece, resolving all the problems of the world upon my easel. Then.... the following day I'd return to my studio and scrape it all off! A
Sharing a bit of shameless self promotion. https://www.pleinairlive.com/2021?affiliate_id=2997289 I've been asked to be on staff for the Beginner's Day, April 14th at the 2021 Plein Air Live event. Join me and others as I share tips, tricks, and advised experience on painting outdoors. Pastels have their own qualities that make plein air a very rewarding experience...but there are some pitfalls and challenges too. My focus will be on plein air with pastels along with other Professional artists teaching Oil, Watercolor, and Acrylic for the Plein Air Live "Beginners Day". Boot up your computer, laptop, or smartphone, grab a note pad, and your sense of humor to learn and laugh along with me and other professional artists as I demonstrate my method with pastels en plein air. This "Beginners Day" is available through registering for the Plein Air Live event. Learn more at Plein Air Live April 14-17th HERE !