Art…stress….breath……

Social distancing in Westchester County NY πŸ™‚

So I don’t know about the rest of you but as much as I try to not be stressed by the virus and how it’s changing our days…the way we behave…the way we anticipate the variables ahead…..the stress is here.

So being an artist and living a fairly solitary life….social distancing is not a big ask πŸ˜‰ But….being very much aware of the interactions I do have I am trying to be cautious. Staying away from large groups of people is a given but not always possible. The grocery store is something that must be navigated so I wipe down everything I touch with disinfectant wipes…I wipe down my hands and steering wheel and everything touch spot like car door handle etc. Don’t touch my face, don’t touch my face, don’t touch my face! When I get home I wash wash wash my hands!!! I’m exhausted just typing it πŸ˜‰ So whatever is necessary to keep yourself safe and people around you safe please take good care.

So what about stress……..for me art and walking my dogs in the open fields has always been my places of peace . This part of my life stays unchanged and I’m so thankful for it. If you find yourself home more than usual….trying to self isolate as much as possible…..get out your drawings and paintings and use this time to find some peace. If any of you would like to share what your working on with me please take pictures and email them to me πŸ™‚

When I went to Ward Pound Ridge this past weekend to walk the dogs there was a traffic jam to get into the park! Seems like people had suddenly discovered the great outdoors! At first I was very annoyed that all these interlopers were at “my” park….but then I thought who knows maybe people will discover how wonderful our open spaces are and enjoy our parks more when this passes….or they will go back to the movies, malls and video games….we’ll see πŸ˜‰

Classes are still continuing…luckily my class is not in a public space and everyone is being very cautious about attending. So far we are well and that is a blessing we need to protect. We laugh and relax and enjoy a bit of company.

So please everyone take good care of yourselves and be kind and thankful to all the people who continue to help us through this difficult time.

Paint, draw and go for a long lovely walks πŸ™‚

2020βœ¨πŸ•Šβœ¨a wish for peace…

Hay Field – Oil on paper

Hope you have all had a nice holiday break πŸŽ„πŸ¦Œβ›„οΈ I’ll be packing away the Christmas decorations this week but the outdoor lights will remain just a bit longer…they cheer the long winter nights…to be honest I would leave them up for months ;O)

Classes begin this Thursday from 12:30 – 3:30 and Saturday from 10 -1:00.

Looking forward to seeing everyone and hearing all your holiday adventures….2020 here we come……

Here it Comes! πŸ¦ŒπŸŽ„β€οΈπŸŽ„πŸ¦Œ

My happy place….

Wishing you all the best of the season πŸŽ„ hoping that you have time to enjoy family, friends, joy and peace.

I put our student show up yesterday at the Ruth Keeler Library in North Salem and it looks wonderful. I am so proud of you all. Please drop by sometime this month to enjoy the show.

Here’s a link to the library for directions: https://www.ruthkeelermemoriallibrary.org/about/directions-hours/

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all ❀️

New session begins next week πŸ‚πŸπŸ‚

Ward Pound Ridge Reserve – oil on paper – 15″ x 5″

Suddenly the days are moving so quickly…the clocks change this weekend, the leaves are flying and Thanksgiving is on it’s way πŸ™‚

We will be having a Student Show at the North Salem Library during the month of December. For those of you who want to participate please bring your work to class the week before Thanksgiving break. πŸ™‚ I hope each of you will bring 1 or 2 paintings ready to hang.

Please check “Classes” for details about the upcoming sessions πŸ‚πŸ¦ƒπŸ

For those of you that don’t know about my new website with a focus on my artwork please go and visit https://www.lauragould.art If you want to hear about any new works or changes on my site please sign up via email for any updates and news πŸ™‚

Classes begin πŸŽ¨πŸŒ»πŸ‚πŸβ˜ΊοΈ

Summer has been good…lots of painting….time at The Cape with Andrew and the dogs. Andrew did lots of gardening this summer and last night we ate our own Delicatta Squash from the garden πŸ™‚ Now Fall is here and time for classes :O) Looking forward to seeing you all!

This last week I created a new website for my artwork. Paintings, Works on Paper and Prints are all available now on http://www.lauragould.art Please go and visit…hope you like it :’)

This website will now be for updates and all things that pertain to classes and workshops..and all things Barking Dog Studio.

Painted at Muscoot Farm this summer

September classes…some changes are coming πŸ˜ŠπŸŽ¨

August is here with the summer heat, thunderstorms, farmers markets, BBQs, travel, family and friends. I’ve been getting lots of painting done and enjoying spending two day weekends with Andrew πŸ™‚ We are kooking forward to returning to Cape Cod in September. I have made a friend on the cape who is also a painter. She knows all the good spots for breaking out the easel so I’m looking forward to seeing her again and painting together. Most of all I look forward to spending time with Andrew, to breakfast on the little deck overlooking the bay, walking the dogs on the beaches, eating lots of lovey fresh seafood and whale spotting. πŸ‹πŸ¦πŸ πŸŒŠπŸΆπŸ‘«β›±β˜€οΈ

The next season of classes will be timed a bit differently. Many of you prefer a shorter break in January and some want to continue classes in June. So I have decided to create a new schedule. We will continue with 6 week classes but instead of having a long January break I will divide each 6 week session with a two week break between sessions. Classes will run from the end of September until the end of June. See “Classes” for the new schedule πŸ™‚

The Saturday classes will be held outside as weather allows. The Fall and Spring sessions can bring lots of opportunities for painting the changing seasons :O) As winter sets in we will take the class inside for botanical art 🌱

Class sizes are limited to 6 people. Please sign up early so your are sure to secure a place in the class of your choice.

Painting done while teaching plein air this summer
Back Meadow, Muscoot Farm oil on paper