Wednesday, July 15, 2020

On the easel --conquering COVID Paint depression

Untitled (work in progress)
Acrylic on canvas 
40 x 40 inches
Barbara Muir © 2020

I didn't realize until the weekend that I had been "paint depressed." 
My term. I have had more than one painting on the easel and
been unable to paint.  I come in the room, stare at the 
piece and don't do anything. I am not alone in this.  

But I credit a wonderful Zoom event by my friend Georgia
Fullerton, (an  amazing artist and Expressive Art 
Therapist), and watching her GASP technique introduction 
with saving me.  This is what should happen.  Artists are perfect
COVID-19 isolationists.  We are alone most of the time doing our
work.  But we need each other, need those shared
studio moments, watching each other, learning, being

Georgia's special evening gave that back to me, and I
started wandering into the studio and painting.  I started
thinking about my work (which is a lovely escape from
world news, and worry).  And I remembered my
artist self.  So this painting which has been revived from
it's former self is a work in progress, and I like how it's
going.  It is all in transition. And I'm having fun working 
on it and thinking about it.  

Thank you Georgia.

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