In these unusual times I have been experimenting more with subject matter, taking time to go through sketchbooks & photographs and painting whatever it is that attracts my attention instead of only focusing on bodies of work in series. It's not that I haven't done this in the past, and I am still focusing on 'The Grandmothers' series, but also painting what I see around me or the things that I miss right now. I am so grateful that I got to visit relatives in Banff right before isolation became recommended but also glad to be in our home with most of my immediate family.
There are times I awake in the night thinking of this pandemic and I get really sad because I don't know when I'll see my daughter in Lethbridge again and we had made so many plans to attend events there and at the Jubilee in Calgary, which, of course, have all been cancelled. I was also going to teach a painting workshop at her school. Instead, I am trying to see the silver lining in that I can focus on my studies of Astronomy and my painting. I still get to sit down for meals with my other daughter and my husband and we are all safe and well and can go for walks.
Right now I wanted to paint the Three Sisters in Canmore because the girls & I got an outline tattooed a few years ago and that image brings me closer to both my girls (theirs are on their calves & mine is on my foot). There are so many things that make me happy and I wanted to focus on that.