Who would have thought, when I last posted a year ago, that we'd be in the middle of a pandemic now. Last year was a busy year for non-artist parts of life. I am very lucky that those things happened before this strange time. I am very lucky to be squirreled away with lots of art supplies. I do have a strange sense that time is short and I must do as much art as I can while I can. No doubt the pandemic makes us aware of the fragility of life and the systems we depend on to navigate the world.
I've done a lot of work over the past year and I'll try to update things here. Most recently I've delved into oil pastels. I'm still going strong with linocuts, but this is a side adventure. I find them surprisingly easy to work with, which I take as a sign I should do more. When I was young I thought that anything I found easy, or perhaps enjoyable is a better word, was something anyone could do and was not important. Now I realize that different people are drawn to different things and you shouldn't ignore what you enjoy doing. I'm longing to get some artist grade oil pastels. Right now I'm using Sakura Expressionist Cras-Pas and they are really very good for the price.
And here I am in a James Turrel installation at the LACMA in Los Angles. I was there a month before the pandemic hit North America. I strange picture for a strange time. I'm posting this picture because I've decided I need to be brave and do things I don't like, such as post pictures of myself. Don't worry, I won't do it a lot! Going forward, I hope to post more here. Going forward...one step at a time.
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