Calm during uncertainty........I think this is what most people are looking for these days. I am.
I've never experienced a pandemic before. Culturally, many of us remember the Mt. St Helene's eruption in the 1980's, and 9-11 is still aching in all our hearts. People came together to help people. It's what humans do. This current "event" has affected us in ways discouraging physical helping of others, with distancing...but that hasn't stopped the creative ways we reach out to each other to support and connect.
I desire to offer my talent in ways to help. I offer my Art for your temporary relief and distraction. Ease and appreciation.
I've decided to change things up a bit during this time. Am focusing on 'calm paintings'. I've been playing with less intense pigment values to produce a softer and more gentle effect. Part of my stress relief is to hike in less traveled areas and photograph serene nature scenes. I paint them for me... but I want to offer them to you, for your viewing also.
Studies indicate Art decreases stress. (I don't have specific journal articles, for all my science friends but can easily come up with some for you. Ha.) Color alters mood. Landscapes transport and elicit feelings.
It is my hope to gift you a moment or two of calm.
Here's my first pandemic painting:
Hi...I'm Patrice... an acrylic painter who writes, and enjoys sharing how I create and think.