Life as we know it πŸ˜·πŸŽ¨πŸŒ·πŸŒ»

Oil on paper done near Stone House in Somers

I just reread my last entry when all our lives first changed. We didn’t know how long it would last and how bad things would become. Now we know that it got very very bad. So many lives have been lost, so many overwhelming fears have filled us as the virus kept claiming so many people. Our hospitals were overwhelmed and it looked like we would never be able to manage this catastrophe. It is still hard to fathom that the whole world shut down and is still shut down with tiny bits of loosening that we all hope will work. Andrew Cuomo has become my guru. People have joined together to help each other….and this is and is amazing! I am very proud of people…well, most people.

I have my masks and gloves and have gotten used to wearing them whenever I go out to any space where I will be near people. I still walk the dogs every day and am thankful for the beautiful open lands we have to enjoy being outside. I realize how lucky I am to live in a state that offers so much beauty and is so cautious with our lives. I still paint outside and in the studio….so life for me is pretty “normal” …. but then again it really isn’t.

In my last post I was still teaching my classes but that ended the following week as we all learned that even a small group was a risk. I am so thankful that so far none of us have gotten Covid 19.

Andrew came home to work. He set up his office in the art room. He continues to work every day…..from 8-4:30 …..the man is a model of discipline πŸ™‚ I am so thankful that he was able to work at home and not expose himself daily to potential harm. I feel so sorry for those who have no work and are desperate for their incomes to return. I can’t find the words of deep gratitude for the essential workers that go out every day and do their job…from the doctors, nurses, aides, grocery store workers, garbage collectors, mailmen/women, delivery people….and the people who are organizing and handing out food for the thousands of people who are going hungry.

So many emotions, so much sadness, so much pride and yes anger but I won’t go there….and the toilet paper! Oy!

So I am going to dip my toe into this new world and start offering some outdoor classes. For those that feel comfortable and want to have a little bit of normalcy in your lives we will begin on Thursday the 28th of May at 10am….my garden πŸ™‚ I will also be offering a plein air painting class on Saturday mornings from 10-1, location to be announced. We will all wear masks and stay a minimum of 6 feet apart. Please bring your own chair or stool…I ask this so you are the only one in contact with your seating. I will offer some seating and wipes if you don’t have anything of your own. I will put this in the classes section for future reference.

Any of you ladies who feel safe coming out to draw and paint and laugh please let me know πŸ™‚ It will be so nice to see you in person instead of on a screen! I don’t expect all of you are ready for nature journaling….some have already said they are looking forward to it…so we will give it a try ☺️🀞🌸🌼🌷🌻❀️

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