Last Monday, due to the growing concerns over Covid-19, the school I teach at decided to transition classes online. (Me: aaaaaaaaaaaaaah!) I have zero experience teaching online, so it has been a challenge, including a lot of overtime hours trying to figure out the tech, use the tech, and problem solve. So many problems to solve. (Me: aaaaaaaaaaaaaah! haha)

On the one hand, being an introvert, I am enjoying being at home a lot. On the other, I am spending most of that time in front of a computer screen sitting on my butt. My poor butt :(. I have had barely enough time to maintain sanity and proper meals and cleanliness this week. Needless to say, painting and everything related to it has taken a back seat.

BUT it’s Saturday! And I refuse to devote the next two days to my day job. I need an art break.

Hopefully over the next week or two, I will be able to restore a work-art balance, but for now, I mostly have goals and not progress to report.

What’s new?

I did do some work on one of my own large abstracts last weekend, turning the painting upside down for a fresh perspective, whatever upside down is for an abstract ;).

Conversations to begin my large abstract collaborations have been postponed due to social distancing measures. Let’s not make each other sick, right? I hope everyone is staying healthy. What an extraordinary time we are in.

In the meantime…

In the meantime, I just may pick up a sidelined project and get started on that… I would like to capture vignettes of women that tell a story in just the context and momentary facial expression. I often feel like the female experience is oversimplified in our media, and so I would like to amplify the visibility of a greater complexity of women’s perspectives.

Here is a rough paint sketch I did a while ago with this in mind. When you look at the image, what do you see? What do you think is happening?

Art is a big part of my work-life balance, and so I need to keep exploring and creating, or my health is affected both mentally and physically, hence my somewhat scattered focus right now and the fact that I haven’t yet eaten lunch… oops. I better get on that.


But before I go, I’m curious to know. How do you maintain your healthy habits in times of crisis or simply a heavy workload? Leave a comment below or send me a message through email if you’d like to share your work-life challenges and successes.

Early in life I came to understand that I was the only person who could protect my own interests, and that, being alone, I must cultivate survivor skills and turn weaknesses into strengths. — Australian author, foreign correspondent, and refugee activist Jill Jolliffe.


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