I did something different for my Christmas Giving this year, since 2020 was such a roller coaster all the way through and we really are NOT off the ride yet!  Of course, I still did what I could for my own family but gathering was not in the cards.  


I really enjoy doing art, as a form of therapy as I have mentioned before, and sometimes it builds up when you are in that creative mode and thenyou turn around and you have thirty small pieces that are like your children looking back at you saying, ok...  now what?  Well, I put together an auction online and posted a few pieces with full proceeds going to a local charity of my choice.  I posted it on Facebook in a local shopping page that popped up before Christmas where people were looking to support local artisans this year.  It was fun, it moved a few pieces out into the world for someone else to enjoy and raised $150 for my charity.  I think this will be an annual event for me.


I also have done fund raisers for my birthday in the past, so there is another option but it is fairly close to Christmas so I'm not sure if there will be the same motivation for people to shop and support.  It allows me to move forward on the creative part of the journey knowing that I can do something worthy with the pieces down the road.  YAY!

So, what does one do with oneself for days set aside for art practise?  Well, take it a step further and think... what does one do for months and months during a global pandemic.  As far as the Covid situation, we have watched it ebb and flow through waves of exposures.  We have been lucky so far although now, in early December, we are able to say that we know people that have died or who have gotten Covid... it isn't some far of THING that happens to someone else anymore.


We haven't been without entertainment though as the political arenas have given lots of stories, scandals and daily "must see" dribble to follow, north and south of the 49th parallel!  


As for art... my focus away from all the sublime worldly exposures... it has given me the opportunity to practise under a few different courses but different abstract artists.  I'm trilled with the amount of pieces of art that have presented themselves during the last few months.  Many of the interesting pieces of paper practises have been mounted onto panel and although I may rework some of these... I will present them here to show the growth and direction my art is taking me.  Enjoy!


Layoffs create some confusing dead time for everyone, you can't go out and watching TV, playing video games and scrolling Facebook gets old very quickly! 
My first week was punctuated with a success in genealogical research for a girlfriend... finding her biological father after a search that spanned a year and a half. Connections made, communication and new family to build relationships with. 
 And, I bit the bullet to sign up for an art course with an artist who's abstract style I can relate to and from whom I felt I could learn and grow. 
of course, with any course there are lots of exercises and practise pages and I'm rather attached to my scribbles and such... today i made my 20x30 sheets into concertina books! And they turned out delightfully, they are little pieces of me and I can further personalize them to give as gifts! What is better than sharing my own heart and soul?