I've been very inspired by Helen Dardik lately. She's a Canadian artist who uses tons of colors and shapes. And gouache. Right up my alley. Watching her videos makes me want to paint. Getting all of the boxes unpacked to create my paint area setup has not happened yet. I was going to paint this as a sad cat in all blues. But then added the cat mouth and it looks like it's smiling. And then bright colors seeped in, I can't help it.
The past month has been really hard. I caught Husband's cold and found myself in the ER twice and sick for weeks. Then the fibromyalgia is in a huge, painful flare up. It's hard enough moving to an entirely different part of the country without a chronic illness. So, I've been sitting around, watching Helen Dardik painting videos on Instagram and feeling a little sorry for myself.
I hate this part of moving. I feel horrible and I don't want to sit by myself all day every day (I have the Zoo, but they are usually more irritating than anything else), but I don't have a ton of friends yet. It's coming along, but it's just at an annoying place in the moving somewhere new process. I want to have all of the close friendships NOW! I miss my ladies in North Carolina, New York, and Atlanta, and my one dude in Portland (what up, Dave?!). Most of all, I miss having people who I can go lay all over their couches, watch Portlandia while she draws and be comfortable in silence. Those relationships are priceless.
I know these friendships will come. Making new friends and meeting new people comes relatively easy for me, it's the in between time that's the worst. Not to mention feeling horrible all the time, did I mention that?