Updated: 12 hours ago

It seems we all have been working hard these past months waiting for the Pandemic to end and yet we still find ourselves, lives interrupted - STUCK! It is humbling and can bring us to some dark places if we let it.

Henry David Thoreau once wrote, humility like darkness reveals the heavenly lights. Are you like me and find when you are in a dark room and turn on the light at first you have to shield your eyes? It even hurts sometimes.

As a person living with a disability my life has not changed much during quarantine but I have been spending time away from my life or what I believed my life needed to be for years. After wandering in the dark I grabbed a pair of sunglasses and stepped out to something new and better. I plan to do the same after COVID-19.

The quote on my webpage reminds me each day, while I can control somethings -somethings are simply out of my control - yet in the midst of that, there is grace.

"We plan - and God steps in with another plan for us and He is all - wise and the most loving friend  we always have helping us."   -Nettie Fowler McCormick

Updated: 21 hours ago

Last year I took a drive to Long Beach Island, New Jersey -LBI for short. I entered my first Plein Air Quick Draw and it was a real great experience. I spent the morning painting a scene of the salt marsh behind the LBI Art Foundation with other local artists.

We only had a quick few hours to get our paintings done before we were juried and given feedback. Being with other artists in friendly competition and a stopwatch added energy and speed to process and pushed me to be bold. I used a gessoed board, palette knife and oil paint that day.

This year I joined 35 artist on the island during July and August. I spent afternoons visiting various locations on the island to see, sketch watercolors and jot down observations. At home I took time to create some of my favorite summer scenes using oil paint on stretched canvas.

COVID-19 has made summer quiet and socially distanced. Life on the island was slower than last year. I was drawn to pops of color and vignettes of families enjoying life by the sea despite how different it may seem.

Life is constantly changing. My artwork is as well. I have learned there are many ways to approach either and never be afraid to try new things.

Updated: Aug 4

I love the quote by renown Norwegian artist Edward Munch, "I don't paint what I see, I paint what I saw." He is know for painting raw emotions, truths we all feel and most famous for The Scream.

As I grow creatively, I am constantly discovering new things. I find unfamiliar bits and pieces in the of the rhythm of life around me.

Then come the questions. How much of this image is real AND how much of the picture has my inspired mind created? Am I awake when I am observing or did I imagine the scene?

You might even think 2020 is a dream. A nightmare even, one we need to wake up from. I have a unique perspective having been doing just that for half of my lifetime as a person with the little known sleep disorder Narcolepsy.

Not snoozing on the facts helped me make peace with my own version of The Scream and so I will be sharing my story with Project Sleep as a speaker for the Rising Voices of Narcolepsy Program.

In fact, July 8th 1880 was the day French physician Jean-Baptiste- Edouard Gelineau first described Narcolepsy in a medical journal.

I'll keep you posted. #narcolepsynotalone #projectsleep #risingvoicesofnarcolepsy

Credit: The Scream Norwegian:Skrik, German:Der Schrei der Natur

Artist: EdvardMunch Year: 1893 Type: Oil,tempera,pastelandcrayononcardboard

Dimensions: 91 cm × 73.5 cm (36 in × 28.9 in)

Location: National GalleryandMunch Museum, Oslo, Norway

@2018 by Lisa Domenic. 

 "We plan - and God steps in with another plan for us and He is all-wise and the most loving friend  we always have helping us."   

Nettie Fowler McCormick