Since we had to postpone our first art show—The Union—we’ve decided to turn this into an opportunity to digitally showcase all the artists who’d submitted to the show.
Every week of lock down during covid-19 has been different. As a natural introvert, I was looking forward to spending lock down at home. I cleaned and organized everything I’ve been meaning to do for quite some time. I refurbished an old nightstand. A project I’ve been meaning to do for a little over a year. As I finished everything on my list I sat down to plan out some art projects. I was looking forward to having some uninterrupted time to work on my artwork. As the director of _flatline, an artist-run gallery in North Long Beach and having a side job, it sometimes becomes hard to find the time and energy to work on my own artwork.
As I was planning out future projects, the lockdown got extended. Businesses were supposed to keep closed for a longer, unknown period of time. Meaning that at _flatline many of my exhibitions for the coming months got cancelled. To cope with the stress and uncertainty of all of this I started to paint small plein air studies for #pleinairpril. This exercise was a great stress reliever because it kept me motivated, occupied and it was a good painting warm up. I went into these studies with no pressure. I felt like my soul reconnected with painting. I also did a figure painting workshop. Both led to some much-needed commission work.
As this lockdown drags on, I am enjoying my days in the studio. Taking it one day at a time. I am also figuring out ways to transition our programing at _flatline into virtual experiences.