And I haven't had a lot of time to write. I've been busy changing my entire business model from in-person to online. I made the decision to temporarily close my studio doors as of March 17 - it was before the 'shelter in place' order was issued, but it seemed like the responsible thing to do.
I then scrambled to move my classes online, and keep people painting!
The Zoom app was the logical choice for virtual classes. I'm happy to report - after three weeks of trial and error - it's a great platform for art classes! I was surprised by how much I like the classes, and the students like them too - I've had several requests to continue online classes after we're able to meet in person again!
One thing that makes the classes so great: we're able to meet in community while keeping separated physically. We not only need our communities right now, but we need a place to vent, to release, and to process our feelings. And for me, that place is the canvas.
Maybe it is for you, too.
If this sounds like something you want and need, please join me for an online class!
Don't worry about the technology; Zoom is really easy to use! I include instructions in every class confirmation email. Also, my friend Marcia made this awesome video for people who are new to Zoom.
My online classes free for my studio members and Patreon supporters!
No space to paint? I made a quick video with advice on carving out your own creative space at home, and I made another one on choosing art supplies. (Please contact me if you need more info on ordering art supplies, or if you'd like me to put together a "paint at home" art supply kit for you.)
A big thanks to my patrons and studio members - for your concern and support through this time!
Here is the uplifting message: We will get through this together. Lean on each other (from at least 6' apart), take care of yourself, check in on your friends and neighbors. Practice excellent self-care. Be excellent to each other.
I hope you're doing well. Big, virtual hugs to you!