Staying Home

After sixty days of  what seemed to some as house arrest (stay at home order) people are finally emerging from the relative safety of their homes. During the last two months I learned how to manage Zoom, found  that  my twenty-five year old bread machine still works, and let my bangs grow out. There were a lot of things I did not do: learn a new language,  binge watch Netflix, and clean out closets. 

Spring in SoLa usually begins in late February, and there is a two or three month window of time when it’s actually comfortable  painting outdoors. So when I complained about not being able to go anywhere to paint outside because of the stay at home order, my husband said, “Just go. No one will be around you.” And I did. And some of my friends joined me. And we distanced ourselves from each other, had a good time, and made a couple of paintings.

Five value study.
Color added to the value sketch.

I particularly enjoyed the challenges presented by Baton Rouge Plein Air. Each week we were challenged to try something different, such as paint the same composition twice using different processes,  or to make value studies and then add color. I guess these exercises appealed to me because there was not a lot of pressure to complete something frame-worthy in two and a half hours. My attention span is fairly short.

Besides going to the grocery store, Costco, and CVS, I went to my studio several days a week and worked on larger paintings. Staying close to home for two months was not a terrible experience for me. In fact, the last two months were not too different than my normal routine. With the exception of Zoom meetings.

Masked painter sighted on Third Street, downtown Baton Rouge.

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