With all the stress of Staying Home, anxiety about contracting Covid-19 and both collected grief for the changes in our world and individual grief for the loss of those close, finding ways to reduce that stress is critical. It may be reading, cooking, gardening or finding calm in creativity.
Two articles I recently discovered are well worth one's time: "The Therapeutic Power of Making Art" and "Finding Inspiration During Quarantine."
I've been doing both. For me, painting both calms and puts me in a Zen zone and also brings back a few memories, like visiting Martha's Vineyard and the charming cottages at the Oak Bluff's Campground.
Sometimes it reminds me of my walks at the Ditch.
Or it may recall memories of a fun visit several years ago to Rick's brother and sister-in-law in Massachusetts, where this barred owl took up residence in the tree for hours.
And other times, it puts onto paper experiences that our Toddler Twosome have enjoyed, even if I wasn't there to enjoy it with them.
If you want Zen, you can't beat the repetitive action of needle felting! I have done a fair amount of lambs this year.
But I also had fun with my French bear! He took forever. I'm not sure I can sell him!
The bigger part of my creative outlets has been my Quarantine Journal. It begins with my time in Canada just as things were breaking out and tightening up. The sketches are relatively quick ones and it's a change from my larger and more labored watercolors. I'm using a 90# Hahnemuhle sketch book, about 6x8.
...the nervousness of going into the doctor's office...
...celebrating Easter (an unfinished spread)...
...my lifelines, the phone and the computer....
...the frustration of cold weather and yes, snow...
... the frustrations of online grocery shopping and the pleasures in cooking.
I've chronicled the events we see on the never-ending news and the fun of Zooming with friends.
And finally, a few honest thoughts about what this new life is.
There are more pages to come -- I have a feeling I'll be working on this journal for a very long time.
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