Well, I guess now is as good a time as any!
I have totally been called out for being a slacker when it comes to my blog.
I am so SORRY to those of you who looked forward to my posts, and for those of you who did not, I am sure you enjoyed the break!
Once covid hit there seemed to be so little to say. Looking back, I probably actually had a lot to say, but instead of bitching, moaning, and groaning, I decided to treat myself to a new hobby!
Being that I am one of those possible "high risk" people over 60, living with chronic myelogenous leukemia, the unknown of the coronavirus was super scary!
Since I have a compromised lung from my chemo medications, and I am living with blood cancer daily, I may be at an increased risk of contracting the coronavirus; or so I have been told. Wanting to decrease my risk of becoming ill, I placed myself in isolation, even before we were encouraged to do so.
Not knowing how long the isolation might last, I decided to make good use of the time that I would be stuck at home, and teach myself how to paint with watercolors. I have dabbled with acrylic paints sporadically over the past forty,( did I say forty years?) and have no official art training, but I figured that I had tons of time to dedicate to learning.
What I quickly learned was that watercolor is HARD! BUT......
The process gave me something to look forward to every single day and the progression of my art became more refined and stronger as I continued.
Fortunately, before I was drowning in dread, I found a free chickadee tutorial, by Tracy Lizotte that saved my sanity. She is a fabulous instructor and I learned so much. If you are ever interested in learning to watercolor, I would highly recommend her online academy.
I spent the better part of five months in complete isolation. I painted birds and flowers and squirrels, and then I started painting the walls in my house, heck, I even threw up some flamingo and log wallpaper!
I am grateful that this pandemic helped me to discover an art form, that most likely would never have been on my radar, and for bringing me something new, that brings me so much joy.
So, all of that being said, I am going to get myself, my adventures, and my blog caught up to date, and start really living again.
I hope that you are all able to start getting back to normal, and may have even picked up a few new hobbies and habits along the way!
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