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What is Normal, Anyway?

April 22, 2020

This painting took me over a month to paint.  Not because it was complicated.  Because life was different, very different.  I started the painting before COVID 19 was declared to be a Pandemic.  I was comfortably in my rented Studio space.  After just playing on paper for so long, I just wanted to do a simple portrait from a photo I took in Barcelona.  I wasn’t sure I would finish it before our upcoming month long trip to England, Spain and Portugal but hey, it was pretty straight forward.  Until…  I didn’t return to my Studio for a couple of weeks after it was recommended to self isolate.  When I realized the isolation was going to last for a long time, possibly months, I decided to move some of my stuff to a corner of our condo.  It was different.  It was strange.  Not near as comfortable as what I had become used to.  It took me a couple of days but I started to work on my painting.  Everything I mixed turned into caca.  Caca.  And I paint colour.  It took me days to gain enough confidence to try again.  I covered the caca with some bright colours, all background at this point.  Then an hour here, a half hour there, I painted a bit, not really knowing what I wanted to do or where the painting was going.  I stayed away from it for over a week.  I woke up this morning with the realization that I was actually afraid to finish this painting.  Why was I afraid?  Because it meant this might be my new normal?  So this afternoon I let myself go and just painted.  Changed everything about her face, changed the background, changed her hair.  Then just signed it.  Now I am mesmerized by her.  Maybe I have found a new normal. Only time will tell, of which I have a lot of right now.

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What is Normal, Anyway?  Acrylic, 16 x 16

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  1. April 22, 2020 7:29 pm

    Diane,

    Love the new painting! You have come a long way. I’m sure it’s a rough road, filled with pot holes, but you seem to be growing with them. Congratulations on your new success!

    Hope you and Vic are well and stay that way. All is good here. The neighbourhood is so social out in their gardens that we don’t feel too confined.

    Cheers and the best to you both!

    Sandi

    Sent from Sandi’s iPhone

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