How are you coping with these testing times? Are you stressed by the fact that you can’t see family, or go out? Are you still working and trying to keep loved ones safe while you do? Or like me do you feel like you are living in a bubble. I know what is happening and keep aware of latest developments, but in our household life seems to be going on in isolation without too big an impact on our well being. I’ve become a temporary landlubber. I’m staying with my mum and sister, and keeping in touch with my grown up children, so not totally isolated. We all seem to be busier than ever. I would love to say that I am painting lots, but apart from videoing demonstration pieces I’m mostly sat on a computer building an art membership hub. Actually, although I can’t wait to get back to painting, I’m incredibly excited and nervous about this new project, and love telling people about it. It’s something that I’ve had on the back burner for ages, but kept putting off as I was scared of the technology!
This is not a moan (I know now is not the time with so many of us in the same boat), but I mention it because it is a fact. Not being able to teach the workshops has been a real pain, both because I love teaching my students and the loss of income. Add to that all my events being cancelled and I have had to think of another way to try and pay the bills. I’ve been thinking about making some of the classes available online for a while, but didn’t want to just put them out there to gather dust. An important part of teaching for me is the interaction. I wanted to know that students would be able contact me about their painting problems, or just to share work they were proud of. I looked at lots of different ways of doing this and have decided that running the course as a subscription membership with a community element attached is the way to go.
I’m using the time that I can’t travel to floating markets or teach in-person workshops to build Painting in Pyjamas. I still have a few things to do to…but it will be ready on time!
Missing the Studio.
I’m looking forward to the time when I can get back into to my studio and start working on all the canvases that are waiting for me. Although I am managing to get some smaller work started and have added a little bit more on a larger piece, I’ve not been able to finish any work in the last couple of months. I’m not too worried about the lack of painting mojo as I know it’s only temporary and I will get going again soon. Before I had to pack up my studio for the time being, I set up a display wall. Nobody got to see it apart from me…so here it is!
This is the tidy bit of the studio. I am eagerly awaiting the time when I can start to invite people in again. But meanwhile you can see my available paintings here
…and back to the focus for this blog post.
Why “Painting in Pyjamas”
This was actually the hardest bit! After a week of looking for a name…thinking of titles that included “Acrylic” or “Community”, and trying lots of things out, my sister took one look at me and my painting attire and said “Painting in Pyjamas”, I am still not sure whether it was a question or a suggestion, but it fits!
Painting in Pyjamas is looking for Founder members and will be open for enrolment from Friday 24th April at 10 am (BST) for 5 days only. The lessons within the membership hub will be mainly focused on Acrylic painting, but I also intend to occasionally add mixed media and sketchbook ideas. A main painting lesson or demonstration will be added monthly. As a founder member you will join at a very low monthly subscription and that price will remain for as long as you stay a member.
Can’t wait? Click the button below to get on the waiting list and receive a free 20 sketchbook ideas PDF