Muses from the artistic world of Sonia Mocnik
March 30,2020
Tutorials available through Patreon

I have finally completed setting up my Patreon account and have started uploading classe tutorials both step by step documented and photos of step by step instruction.  Please check out my link and join me in painting in watercolour!

https://www.patreon.com/user?u=19989907

to this end, I will be getting right into producing more content and making it available to students who are keen to get back into their watercolour painting!

the more people who join in, the more goals will be achieved and even more content created!  Happy Painting!


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March 26,2020
Youtube watercolour demonstrations!

Ok, so its 12 days for more since I ventured out for my last set of groceries.  I still have things in the fridge and freezer and I haven't let myself go and just wear pjs all day!  I have finally figured out how to get my videos uploaded to Youtube.  I really tried two years ago and had a very stressful time of even getting two little videos uploaded.  Whatever is working this time is wonderful - and for the fact that I can work between Ipad and HP computer and phone and actually manage to see things being transfered and uploaded over days if necessary!

So, saying all that, I now have 6 demos of various lengths online from my demonstrations during my classes and my demo at Opus Art Supplies back in January of this year.  If you need some virtual art stimulation, please visit my channel and make comments!

https://youtu.be/GIdQ4sbAWEo

I will have more to upload.  I am just working onStairway  to a Heaven how to best arrange my art table and material to start more painting tutorials.  As there are no current classes through the community centers that I am involved with here in Vancouver, B.C.; this is a way for my students and art friends to get some virtual communication going. Enjoy!


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March 22,2020
Islolation Blues or Greens or Greys

Well, who would have expected that the start of what was going to be a nice break before the next set of classes were to begin, turns into a completely different adventure or as some would say "stay in isolation vacation".

As an artist, staying in the studio is wonderful and I really enjoy the environment and creativity. However, we all have other hats that we wear and that takes time as well.  Being a caregiver to my partner, an entrepreneur for my art and doing normal day to day household tasks keeps me juggling.  Now that I have to stay in and keep my social distance, priorities have change and in my case have helped me. I had no idea how many of these normal tasks I had been sidelining - not only the dusting or getting windows washed, but general book keeping, prepping stuff for taxes and organizing the studio space.

I had hoped to be utilizing my new space more, but right now that's not really a good option. So back to giving myself more space in the apartment, which means actually organizing all the papers and materials that are on the floor, in boxes, by the computer, in piles etc.  I have found all sorts of things I had forgotten about , but i'm still looking where my small Kolinsky winsor newton brushes have disappeared to.  


already a week into it and I thought I would have much more accomplished. I enjoy listening to the media - especially the radio - which has me tuned in more and wanting to keep up on the latest change related to the pandemic, so that is tiring and emotionally draining.  It's hard to focus.  Then it's ensuring that we have adequate provisions and yes toilet paper (did you know there is a site to calculate how much toilet paper you use in a period of time?)

I try to keep meals timed and just not be natural grazing, but my partner is depressed about what he hears every day and he's not really eating as he should.  That frustrates me. And that has me not eating as I should and on, and on.

however, I am happy not to have to break up the day by heading out for work or to have to commute for this or that.  I will probably try ordering groceries online, another new thing to learn.

the biggest thing is not to let the art get sidelined - it's so easy to do as each day another venue is changed or cancelled. Classes still need prepping even if they aren't happening right away - they will be and this time will never be returned.  So I will keep working on setting u- the online classes and get back to painting and testing ideas that I have and eventually, I hope normalcy returns. Stay safe everyone and most of all remember to keep your distance and wash you hands!

 


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March 09,2020
What? March 10th already???

Since becoming part of the Art Rental Program at NorthVan Arts late last year, art activities have really been a whirlwind.  I didn't realize the pieces would show in the gallery and I would have space online and I wasn't aware that I could participate in the North Shore Art Crawl.  


The Art Crawl finished yesterday and I want to thank so many of my followers and current students who came to say hi! Thank you so much everyone for your kindness, I am very grateful!  Not only did you bring me coffees and Sunshine on a cold day, but you brought laughter and encouragement!!  It was the best time!

Today finished my new latest class of beginners in watercolour and I am going to miss the group terribly.  8 weeks and we had such an interesting journey in the growth in knowledge of this medium!  Thanks to my great group of students! 

One more class with my Thursday groups and then I can try to pick up all the mixed up pieces of my studio and actually work in my new studio space - at least get some ideas up and moving forward for my own art growth.  there are several ideas I want to explore and I need to start focusing on these things that have been brewing before they loose themselves in my subconcious.

there will be a few weeks now before my class begins at the roundhouse and more start at the West Vancouver Community Center.  In between its prepping for the Midmain Art Fair where I would like to see some of my ideas and focus in my painting booth.  Bookmarks included as they were a great seller at the Art Crawl and a really fun way to demo watercolour techniques.

Time to crash today and not focus on the worries of the world...just the future ideas as they will not disappear unless we let them.... 

 


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