We can all use a little cheer!
Let's face it, 2020 rates as quite possibly, the worst year ever. At least in my lifetime it definitely does. The pandemic forced us to close for 3 months, with zero income. Luckily, our employees were able to collect unemployment, and our landlord was very gracious through the closure. Facebook became a snarled up mess of friends arguing with friends and seeing true colors that you never thought you'd see. I know most of us have experienced that!
When we were finally able to re-open, it was with (understandably) very strict guidelines, which meant cutting our available seats way down to allow for 6' of space between each budding artist-to-be. We had to completely eliminate kid's classes.
Then, when it felt like we were getting used to all of the new new new... Oregon was on fire. My parents had to evacuate their home. Painters (understandably) cancelled their ticket registrations. The smoke cleared, as we all knew it would, eventually. Then, my beloved old Shiba Inu, Suki, had a stroke and, amidst a waterfall of tears, my little family of four said goodbye to our furry companion of 14 years and 8 months. I will admit, I reached rock bottom after that. I thought there was no way I would ever be happy again. I thought the world had gone crazy. I thought I was in a nightmare I'd never wake up from. I had lost business, I had lost friends, much of Oregon was burned, I had lost my darling Suki. I wanted to curl up into the fetal position and disappear.
This week, I have gradually gotten better and I owe it all to re-invigorating my creative process. We filmed one of our Live Gogh Box tutorial videos, which pulled my attention away from all of the nasty things. I got an Etsy order for two Halloween ornament paintings that I really enjoyed making, especially knowing that someone out there in the universe found my paintings worth spending their money on, amidst the hundreds of thousands of art pieces out there for sale in cyberspace. A surge in our at-home kits kept us busy prepping and filling orders. I was feeling inspired to paint, and develop paintings again. I felt the tiniest glimmer of... what is that? Happiness? *also I discovered Animal Crossing on Nintendo switch which I FULLY endorse... 5 STARS.
Why am I sharing all of this personal information with you? Simply because, in talking to friends, acquaintances, fellow business owners and customers, I know many of you have gone through or are going through the same feeling: Like the sky is falling. Like we'll never be normal again. We don't know what it feels like to not wear a mask everywhere we go, or sit 6' apart or hand sanitize and hand sanitize some more. Our kids are doing school online, which is a whole new thing to tackle. We crave something. A break. We all need a break! I know so many of you have had every bit as bad (or worse) of a 2020 than I have. Some of you have lost relatives and loved ones to COVID, or other diseases. Many of you lost your jobs. I truly sympathize.
For this reason, all of November in the studio is filled with cheery, snowy, happy holiday, sparkly, magical paintings. Some even have glitter. I normally wait until December to run those. This year we are getting them a month early. I'm not wanting to take away from Thanksgiving, but I'm bringing in the cheer early because I can :). Yes, this is one aspect of 2020 that I can control!
Even if you can't join us in the studio, please check out our at-home painting kits! We have everything for every season and even kid's paintings. We even have a subscription box if you'd like to regularly receive two projects monthly and participate in our live video classes for each project. Cancel anytime because we are ZERO drama here. We don't need anymore drama (I'm talking to you, 2020!!).
You can check out our in-studio (small groups, pandemic-friendly seating, I promise) painting events at vinegogh.com. We have WINE.
You can check out our at home kits and optional subscription box program at goghbox.com. . You can paint in your PAJAMAS. With your own wine. Follow our YouTube channel, "Gogh Box Art Crate". We're almost at 1,000 followers!
Bob Ross said it best: "Every day is a good day when you paint". And based on all of the yuckiness we've been through, and the itty-bitty light at the end of the tunnel I think I see, I wholeheartedly agree.
Let's escape to the canvas together <3
Owner, Artist, Dog-lover, people-person, purveyor of happiness
P.S. Happy 9-year anniversary to Vine Gogh! Here's to another many non-2020 years :)