Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Day 2804: Temorary escape.

"Uncle Les": old family photo, collages and digial.

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Click here for Shawn Mendez & Camila Cabello, Senorita
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Today was Day 18 of homestay or as Susan calls hers, house arrest.
WonderWoman quarantined me days before the government.

Today WonderWoman delivered fresh tangerine juice 
and Lemon Cappellini, with arugula, both favorites. 
So good to see her, even at a distance.
Later I escaped for an hour, with WW's okay if
 I stayed in the car and wore gloves to receive food.

This is my view as I pulled out, one human & one dog walking.

Very few cars at Tustin MarketPlace. A rare sight.

I was going to Miguel Jr's for tacos at 11:30 am.

Fifth in line, 4 shredded beef tacos to go.
2 for lunch and 2 for dinner, all long gone as I write.
I checked in with the Superheroes & Grandhunks.

photos by WW

GH#2 used Zoey for weight, as he did curls and squats.
The reservoir they used to walk is now closed. 

Grandhunks 3, 2 & 1 love Jenga. Zoey observes.

Laker says his naptime used to be a lot quieter.

If you want a 4-minute video on escape techniques, I loved this video of Stoffle, the Badger, here. I think you'll be surprised.

I found some acrylic backgrounds on a large sheet of w/c paper.
Just large brushstrokes of colors I rarely use.
I folded then tore it into 12 postcard pieces.

My goal, to make postcards to send to the artists in my last class.

I started by trying to see some direction on the card. 

It doesn't look too promising, but I'll try collage.

This is a work-in-progress, I will show it when completed.
There are lots of art activities and classes available online.
What are you doing with your home time? 


Smiles (10) for Tuesday ...

Monday, March 30, 2020

Day 2803: Free Time.

"Star": marker, junk mail collage, color postcard.

A step-by-step postcard.


Marker sketch, a pencil would be better.




Utilizing a marker, junk mail collage on heavy watercolor paper.
Permanent glue stick & brayer, 1 hour, 13 pieces.

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Click here for Marvin Gaye, I Want You.
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A lot of us have the idea that we need to be accomplishing something to make the most of our time, even if it’s time we only have because we literally can’t go anywhere or do anything else.

Suddenly, the files we’ve been meaning to organize, the photos we’ve been meaning to digitize, the plants we’ve been meaning to separate, and the reading lists we’ve been meaning to get to seem a little more pressing. I hope we can resist the lure of constant productivity which keeps us from enjoying the things we do. 
There are unseen stresses for everyone during times like these, 
and if all we want is to lie in a hammock and count 
our blessings, then by all means, we should do so.
 Free time can stay just that: Free.

A bright idea
Get ready to smile, or at least learn a lot about smiling. Yale University's massively popular "happiness" course, technically called "The Science of Well Being", is available to audit for free online! The course offers insights from psychology and neuroscience about what drives happiness, and then challenges students to experiment with behavior change exercises to help rewire the brain. It was a campus sensation and became available online about two years ago. Here's a quick lesson from course creator Laurie Santos: Happiness doesn't come from complex desires. "We miswant things. We think we need to change our life circumstances to become happier," she says. But "what plays a much bigger role are our simple practices, simple acts like making a social connection, or taking time for gratitude, or taking time to be in the present moment."

Smiles (10) for Monday ...

by Rachel Swanson