Life as we know it 😷🎨🌷🌻

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 🙂 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 🙂 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 🙂 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, art, art and chickens 🐓

The first week of classes have begun….botanical art in the classroom, journals and watercolors out in the summer sun and plein air painting down by the steam at Ward Pound Ridge Reserve 🙂

Looking forward to journaling chickens 🐓 at Betsy’s house this Thursday! Plein air class will return to Ward Pound Ridge early Saturday morning to continue painting the lovely stream 🙂

Looking forward to lots of painting this summer taking my paints out to all our lovely surrounding open land spaces 🙂

North Salem Open Lands https://www.nsolf.org

June classes starting soon :O)

Looking forward to seeing everyone after our short break. Classes begin the first week of June, see the “Classes” section for details.

June 5th Studio Class will be from 12:30-3:30 – Bring a subject that inspires you 🙂 Summer is here and gardens are blooming! Class is closed.

Our first Nature Journaling class will be at the Whispering Pine Garden Center, Route 6, Mahopac. It is a beautiful place with unlimited things to draw and paint 🙂 See you on June 6th at 10am 🙂 Bring lunch! See link below for directions. Please let me know if you will be attending via email lauragould@mac.com

Plein Air Painting will begin the first Saturday of June from 10-1. Bring your oils, watercolors, pen and ink…all welcome 🙂 Let me know if you will be attending lauragould@mac.com

https://whisperingpinegardencenter.com

Classes this summer…

June classes:  I need to have some idea of attendance from day to day.  Please email me by 9pm the night before Wednesday Classes and/or Thursday Nature Journaling.  If anyone is coming and has forgotten to email be sure to contact me in the morning to be sure class is on for the day.  Tomorrow we will be meeting at 10am-1pm…to draw Lasdon Park , please be sure to let me know if your are attending :0)

Exciting news!  For those who haven’t heard the Conservatory is finally going to be a reality!!!!! After years and years of raising funds it is finally happening!  While at Lasdon this morning I saw the boundary stakes marking the foundation area…so exciting 🙂  It is to completed this Fall…what a beautiful addition to Lasdon Arboretum.

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