• Coronavirus and my art update

    Today is Thursday March 19, 2020

    My family is on Day 4 of Distance Learning because of the coronoavirus (COVID-19).  Last Thursday, my brother and sister-in-law and myself went panic shopping to stock up for the looming threat of no school.  As I said goodbye to my early morning teenage religion class students that morning, I felt I should tell them to take their stuff home with them.  I didn't.  This morning we finished day 4 of remote religion class (aka seminary). And this afternoon I picked up everyone's journals and paper scriptures and delivered them to their homes. Church and all church gatherings have been cancelled but we still do seminary remotely.

    If my kids were younger, I think having everyone home would be stressful. Fortunately, the school district is directing their lessons remotely and my kids are responding.   It isn't as fun for them however.  My socially impaired son said he would rather go to school. (I think he wasn't thinking about the bullies in his French class when he said it though. And I "forgot" to remind him.)

    I would have thought that I would get less artwork done.  But it seems to be the opposite.  I've worked longer hours.  Or worked until I started making bad art.

    In May 2019, I attended NESCBWI conference and met a friend who loved my artwork.  She looked at my portfolio and said, "It's great, you just need more pieces."

    So one of my goals this year is to create more portfolio pieces.  It has been a great challenge with a deadline.  The May NESCBWI conference is just around the corner and I want to take a completed no-weak-pieces portfolio with me to display.  It has pushed me and I am almost done. I have two pieces left to fix and I'll have a solid 20 pieces in the same style.

    Last night, however, as I was trying to sleep after updating myself over the latest from the Coronavirus, I found the email that cancelled the conference because of the Coronavirus. I will still get my dummy book critique and an agent or editor to critique my portfolio--or they are planning on arranging that virtually. 

    I'm not really upset.  True, the deadline to submit stuff for the editors, art directors, and agents is past, so if do some really great artwork before May 2, they probably won't see it, but the deadline has pushed me.

    Creating the solid portfolio took more time than I thought it would. And I've learned more about my process than I thought I needed to.  And I has been and will be great for my growth.

    I've got a solid portfolio. I'm revealing all my new portfolio pieces on Instagram this month. Next month, I'll put the best of the best of those on my website. I now know I can do a solid portfolio, because I just did it.

    What's next after I fix the last couple of portfolio images?

    I am thinking of stretching myself into another artistic direction.  Multi-media and collage are calling my name.  Probably because my newest dummy book feels like I should do it in collage.  Maybe even shoot for a completely different style for a new portfolio for May 2021.

    I also want to publish Paige and Webb.  There is a storyline and a full dummy book ready for me to complete it.  And I'm thinking I might just self publish it with a Kickstarter. So, I'll need to turn all those dummy book pages into finished artwork.  And possibly shorten it as well.

    I've simplified my work task plan. 

    Monday thru Wednesday I work on creating art to sell. Thursday is marketing day. And Friday is play with Media Day or go see artwork, or do a face book live video of me trying a new painting technique, or go on an art field trip...like to see Mayflower II at Mystic Seaport--I should find out if they are open during the coronavirus before the Mayflower sails to Plymouth in May.

    It is kind of like a reward at the end of the week.  Do something fun day.  And I hope that like Google my art business will see more creativity because of it.

    So that's where I am on Day 4 of the Coronavirus containment experiment. I hope and pray that you and yours are safe and healthy.  Virtual Hugs.

    Pamela Hanks