Wow. I have added so many new facets to my 'online life,' that I am afraid I haven't assimilated them into my daily living on a regular basis. So, here it is, almost two months after my last blog entry. For anyone following my blog, who writes a blog of their own, they may understand the transition from being a non-blogger to a full fledged blogger. I am hovering uncomfortably somewhere in between. Hopefully, things will only improve from here.
I tried something very new for me as an artist. I took my easel and pastels, and sat in the courtyard in front of The Red Paprika for an afternoon of painting. I experienced this crazy 'stage fright' before I finally made myself do this. The morning of the day I knew I would go, I nearly worked myself up into a panic. This sounds silly, even as I write it, but I have always painted in my studio, and with nobody watching me, so this was uncharted territory for me. Would I get stuck in the middle of the piece? Would I make a terrible mess of things? Would anybody care?
As it turns out, and as I have found with other things that I worry about, it ended up being far from the 'monster' that I imagined. In fact, I had a very lovely day. I met some amazing people: A gentleman that owns a bed and breakfast on Prince Edwards Island; and interior decorator from the Midwest; and many other locals and tourists who were just out to enjoy the day. And, to top it off, I did not forget how to paint in this new setting. I am definitely planning to do it again. I can't wait, in fact! What an about face.