If there´s something nice, memorable and practical that came out of this Pandemic, I would say that its my Artwork. During Lockdown and everything, I coudn´t survived it without painting. I had made many Artworks, busied myself with lots of painting and making cards , and even more digesting DIY craft things.At home, I don´t need to wear mask, and I don´t worry about social distancing.I normally paint alone, solitary and always been sticking to my hobby journal.My Supplies are not that fancy, yes they could be expensive but then these Artist-grade materials are made to last .
I managed to sell quite of them, which I am super grateful.Grateful to those people who managed to appreciate my artwork and go to lengths of buying them…yes, even in the time of Pandemic. People who bought Art during Corona times are heaven´s sent…they are truly a blessing!
I mean, why would you buy an Art during Pandemic?
It means I could get more new Art supplies and paints, every penny counts!And the great thing about it, I have decided to fully embraced my life to be totally creative and doing everything handmade.I can´t recall the time that I bought from a store a card or decorative art piece or something….all the things I sent to my friends and families are all handmade.This thing called Art talent is in me so I am going to use it as long as its in me.Better to nourish it, than lose it.
I have lots of unfinished paintings that sits in our bedroom and in other parts of the house.I don´t have enough space to place them but looking at them is just okay.It reminds me that I need to work on them once the inspiration kicks.The great thing about being a self taught Artist is that I never thought of myself being contained in one idea.I am actually free in my techniques and I can easily adapt to the basics and Art essentials whether its the form, color, size, gradient and intensity.I can use whatever medium I would like and not feeling guilty. That should be Art be….Free, brave and bold!
A relentless pursuit of making my artwork better and more soulful is what driving me to persevere.If I am going to do something in my life until the day I grow old then it would be this.I would be painting lots and lots of Abstract pieces, and get edgy with watercolor.When I stayed at home and the schools are closed, I struggled a lot to find time for myself.I tried running more, doing it more often despite of the cold weather and it helped me a lot to managed my stress.But nothing beats when I finished a painting…
I watched online what other people are doing and I am always inspired. i think its like Blogging, nothing really happens when you don´t do anything.People won´t read yours if you don´t write.So I guess that no matter what, keep on writing, keep on doing something that gives you life.
People got into gardening, which I have been very interested since I came here in Germany.Plants had become my children. Living with plants had change my life as well and I don´t think I can´t live without my plants either. Some call it funny but hey, it is something that plant lovers only understand.I have a devoted time for them and it´s my second nature to see any plant problem with my naked eyes.I think the top expenditures I have is my painting materials, then comes plants, and the rest are just plain bubble of life´s journey.
Art is a language that not all understand.I remember in my childhood days that not everyone in my class are good in drawing.I was helping my daughter with a drawing in our Homeschooling the other day and it really struck me like lightning.She is crying and telling me ” I want to have a life like you, I can´t draw that good, but I wanted to…I can´t draw cars, and my drawing of people sucks..” I note an agony in there. Art is misunderstood. It becomes a chore now, a homework to be done, a task that needs to be completed.
Naturally Art can be learned and even a kids artwork is a masterpiece, but the thing is, not everyone can really understands it, let alone Abstract pieces.I stopped worrying about Art. I just let myself go, and express what I think, what I feel and what my visions are.As I decide on which colors I used, the brush and pinsels, and the mediums that I will incorporate, there I am learning to communicate with my canvas.
Sometimes the communication within the painting is not clear, the subject is surreal, the colors are not complementing each other, it looked like a mess. There are many times I needed to breathe in and stop. making breaks and a pause so I can make everything fall into pieces into their form and gradients.Too much or less less texture it doesn´t matter.In the end, I can only say that the painting is done.
I knew it exactly when its time to drop the brush.
Nothing was easy during this Pandemic.It´s almost now in a year.This coming Spring we don´t know yet if life returns to normal, amid the long wait for vaccines and zero new infections.I have learned that ” nothing happens when you´re not working…”
Many times , out of frustration, I called myself a FAILED ARTIST. I failed many times and I almost give up. I doubted my own capabilities and become ungrateful of my talent. I stopped drawing, and I did not paint for a while.The end result : I lose. I became more frustrated and I learned to survived. This Pandemic have taught me to go back to my passion, to what really means to live, to give more to others…
Quitting is never really an answer.I always tell the people who buy my paintings that every painting has its story.Every single piece is really unique.One piece can take a year, one masterpiece can be done in 20 minutes. Everything has its own story and that I spent many hours in my kitchen painting and in isolation.I have made many different life changing stories there in my kitchen countertop, creating something that came out from my own world.So when I packed a painting to its new home, I always write ” Thank you for giving my Art their new Home…”
Painting through Pandemic is a radical step to being vulnerable.That creating something should not be hindered by isolation and stress.I learned that through my art, I have known things ,not until I have seen and made them.Art creates and dissolves boundaries and even through crisis and stressful situations, I could make Art.
If you have more time to kill, Here´s more of my Art Journey ;
We´ve all waited for snow….that real “snowy” kind of day.I tooked lots of photos of it from our daily winter walks . With us nowadays it´s considered a sin if we don´t get out and spend some time outdoors. Afterall, we need fresh air, lots of it, and of course we need movement—so we walk! Unfortunately, I only used my iPhone since I normally took walks with my daughter after our Homeschooling. She cant stand me taking and doing macros of every single nature I see .That was a compromise but then it all went well.
Last week we had a good amount of snow finally, but not that “Winter Wonderland” thing.This time we managed to feel grateful yes, Winter had finally arrived! I was already thinking how boring it would be if we wouldn´t have snow this year.It´s a refreshing sight to see whiteness in everything ,instead of dark, gloomy, bald, grey foliage and landscape.
We took various routes, depending on the mood of the little Walker.The farthest she got so far was 8km, with short breaks, playing plus climbing trees and again playing with snow,plus eating it! She wanted to throw snowballs all the time and I just can´t get the hang of it.Snow fun is a must in winter, and yes, time to sledding!
Here in Germany, we entered another “Lockdown” , which started last week.They made stricter rules, and more safety controls. Shops are opened but since Ingolstadt had more than 200+ Corona victims, we went under the 15km Radius rule.Travel is encouraged only if really urgent and necessary, and starting on Monday, we need to wear the PPF2 masks! I hurried up to the nearby Pharmacy and got ourselves some packs.These masks are not cheap, compared to community washable masks, they are expensive! One piece costs 5 Euros!
Our humble neighborhood was transformed into children´s little winter paradise.The moment it starts snowing, children runs outside and get excited.Too excited that they do rodeling and sledding even if the snow is quite thin!There is a nearby park from us where everyone flocked during Winter to slide in the slopes and rodeling.Some even do snowboarding and do all kinds of stuff. I guess we just felt lucky that we are surrounded with nature and simple adventure fun to do in Winter, especially during lockdown.
Winter and snow totally helped us ease the boredom and our exasperation of this pandemic.
I guess if you haven´t experience Winter , then you won´t be able to understand why it brings such joy to kids…and adults.Despite the cold, fresh air is always a bonus! There´s something about snow and the landscape that is covered in white that really excites your inner self.I love the crisp sound of snow under my boots, the light flight of snowflakes in my face when I am running, and watching nature and trees covered with white foams of snow.It´s quite magical…
I tried running in snow and minus temps this year, and I find it really challenging and yet very rewarding. I have a lot of hesitation of doing this because I don´t like the cold but then I just push myself in doing it, and it was great.I have read that doing exercise in cold climates has actually some reaping benefits to health.But sometimes, a quiet walks in the woods is also very invigorating rather than an adrenalin pumping long run.With walking, I had all the chance to admire and look closely to my surroundings.
Since almost everything is closed in Germany, we don´t have really much choice but to spend some walking to exercise outside. I noticed that nowadays, my neighborhood becomes the walking capital, I guess it goes the same with other places.There is nothing else we can do..Everybody just walks!
Below are some photos of the lakes,parks and walks we´ve had.
We went through the lake and I was completely in awe of the lovely sight that surprised us. The lake was not yet frozen but the thin layer of snow that covers the water is quite amazing. The foliage were delicately dipped in snow and create such a magical winter nostalgia.Everything seemed to be so peaceful, quiet and serene. Out here in nature, we don´t have any place for worries.It´s like in another world where we forget about chores, virus, and catasthropes!
Nature is taking a break, in a very quiet, solemn retreat during Winter.
I am sure everthing will soon be a history, and our lives will soon return to normal´ as well.But then I would always looked back to this chapter where nature becomes our refuge and snow memories are treasured dearly.Wathing the sun goes down in Winter was another beautiful memory…
When the sun eventually comes out and shines…we are grateful.
Happy New Year everyone! I know it´s Winter over here, but we are already dreaming of Summer.We are dreaming of sunshine, tulip fields, strawberries, funparks ,hiking in the mountains, and getting lost in some European cities.
Yesterday while eating luch we are discussing, or rather dreaming, and (hoping!!) that we can fill our suitcases again and able to travel.Travel without health worries, because that is super important.But for now, we can travel back through time and dream away….to Jurassic period!
Have you ever dreamed of walking through the woods with giant dinosaurs in the view ?Those giant claw, magnanimous size, razor sharp teeth, and yes, the presence itself is quite overwhelming.With dinosaurs, we all know that the bigger..the better, the more realistic it is!
Well that is the experience we´ve had while walking and exploring through the Dinopark in Altmühltal.
Gigantic Diplodocus, Brachiosaurus and Tyrannosaurus Rex are just a few of the “friends” we met in this beautiful nature park.We were quite amazed of how funtional and cleverly designed it was , considering that we visited this place during Corona pandemic times.This is definitely one of the best open air Dinosaur Museum here in Bavaria.
My daughter is crazy about Dinosaurs, she knows each dinosaurs with all their crazy names by heart.From the year they were discovered, and from each era , from Jura, Kreide and Trias. Hard to tell, but I really don´t know how and where her fascination started.We have watched couple of Jurassic films and we haven´t even finished it all becaused she got scared of all the screaming and bloody T-Rex manhunt. I guess children loved dinosaurs , adored them and gasped at their powerful statues ,bewildered, and thinking that they were heroes and lovable, or something like the best friend one could ever had, just like in the movie films “The good Dinosaur“, “Dinosaurs“, and” the Land before time“.
And myself only knows “Barney“, the purple dinosaur!
When she watched Peppa pig, she just loved how George adore his Dinosaur.We have tons of Dinosaur books and she always loved to read about them and yes, I think that´s how she got so hooked with it. So imagine her delight when she saw this giant disnosaurs in the park.She could even put them beside her when she sleep and no, I can never win with her Dinosaur Quizzes…She knows it all!
The park itself is HUGE,We haven´t had the energy or the time to even explored it all.There were lots of fun playing activities to be found inside it,of course considering that we need to distance ourselves from the crowds as much as possible.There´s of course a Museum, play areas for big and little children, outdoor recreational spots, picnic areas, restaurants, Fossil exploration areas, shop, and much more.All these fun filled areas are with Dinosaurs views, and that´s what we find so engaging.I was really glad we visited this place, because not only the child with us is entertained, we as parents as well. We can´t complain any further, lots of fresh air, lots of greens, and children will never get bored because they have always something to see and explore!
And about the Museum, here´s what it looks inside…
We paid 19,50 Euros each for adult fees and children are 9,5 Euros. This includes all access to everything inside the park.We are allowed to bring snacks and drinks so we never really worried about getting hungry.The beergarden were spacious, large enough for Dino-groups.I saw families even brought picknick bags and they just hang out there in the grass, enjoying full sunshiny day.TheParking lot is also admirable and the location of the park is easily accessible from Autobahn.
Another fun part of this Dinopark is the Fossil area where kids and adulhts have the chance to see, find and explore their own Fossils, with tools and everything! My kid is totally into this and could never stop hammering out from rocks looking for Ammonites! Now that is one way to let go of their energy!We even got freebies when we check-out since we mentioned that it´s her birthday!
Since we are observing Hygienic restrictions, I am perfectly impressed as well how the park observed these rules.There are plenty of clean bathrooms, outdoor sinks with sopas and disinfectant for children and families to frequently wash their hands.Mask is required when entering the shops, museums, and Restaurants.Only when wandering through the open air dinosaur park that wearing masks is not required.
I am really excited where would be our next family destination this year…
Meanwhile, while we are still on Holiday break, we stay at home and dream away our worries, hopefully this year would be a better one!