I hope everyone is using what techniques they have in their toolboxes to keep active, keep your mind strong, and stay resilient to the need for social distancing right now. Part of what helps is staying connected and sharing whatever way you can. This blog serves to share the stories behind some of the means and works that artists often use to help in this quest.
Melody Roth, the programs coordinator for the Blind Bay Painters group,
tried to figure out ways for the artists to continue learning during this time when they were no longer able to meet. She recently sent the painters a few YouTube videos that shared how to paint animals in bright colours. Using online sources to help teach new techniques of any craft is a wonderful way to keep your mind focused on positive with the added bonus of learning! She herself used the videos to help her create these beautiful paintings! You can view one of the videos at https://youtu.be/PXQWZwo24nw
Patricia Smith just recently joined the Blind Bay Painters group just prior to the self isolation occurred, so she is anxiously waiting to be able to meet with the group to paint with them again soon! She is just finishing up courses at Thompson River University for the semester. This is a piece of art she just completed for her Drawings & Painting class that was done during the lock down. She’s loving seeing what everyone else is doing during this time!
Vi Isaac indicated “Looking for a project that would help brighten my spirits during this troubling time, I chose to paint a scene similar to a calendar
page from a previous year. I had it taped to the freezer in my studio for many months, and every time I looked at it, I thought, “I want to paint that”. This pandemic provided the motivation to finally do it. “Sunrise” is a 16″ square oil on canvas that now adds a splash of color to my Livingroom.