As this year ends…

I know I do not “blog” often enough. Perhaps there isn’t enough of an audience for me to do so or perhaps it is that I am more focused on creating and promoting my artwork rather than share my daily or weekly reflections.

In any event, it is now almost the end of the year. And what a year it has been for all of us. I can only speak for for me though, and say it has been very difficult. Since 2019, I have gained some weight due to depression, stress and the beginning of menopause and this has caused me to have many pain problems in my back, legs and feet. More than usual, I should say. Add to that, Paris had a transportation strike from the Fall of 2019 through the beginning of 2020 which led to me losing a lot of work and then COVID. I lost almost the entire 2020 in terms of work and the few lock-downs made my physical and psychological state more difficult.

In light of all this, some of the schools I pose for regularly were able to pay me for planned dates that were canceled. In addition, I was able to take advantage of working via Zoom as model. It has been strange in many ways – posing nude in front of a laptop almost as if I was doing cyber porn and limiting as well since the format of the laptop camera is horizontal, having to force my poses to be in a horizontal space all the time. Then there was/is the Wi-Fi connection problems, which have thankfully been only few. However, in the Spring, I had enough artists participate each week to make some money. Not so much now during this second lock-down but I do have a few artists each week, nonetheless. On a different note, I was able to see free concerts by some of my favorite musical artists whom I would never have been able to see in person due to location or money and I was able to re-connect with old friends via Zoom which was also very nice.

Artistically speaking, for my followers and readers that already know, the birth of Dollface happened and I must say that she has truly been a lifesaver this year. Between creating her, making improvements/modifications to her, making her costumes and props and just taking moments to hug her hard, have made the difficult times more bearable. I will be making a new update on my website soon but you can go and see some of Dollface now.

Lastly, because I have had many people loving my images of her, I have decided to re-open my Etsy shop that I had some years ago called The Pre-Raphaelite Fae. I am selling limited edition prints and postcards of selected images of Dollface in addition to some of my older self-portrait works and my illustrations such as the below of a barn owl. If you are interested in purchasing something AND before Christmas, I suggest placing your order ASAP. Because I am shipping from France, and there are some COVID delays, I want to be sure you are able to get your orders in time. I am offering 10% off introductory orders of 2 prints or more and a special surprise gift with orders over 100€.

So, I would like to end this blog post with a bit of hope. I want to wish all of you, my readers, a very joyful and loving holiday season filled with laughter and good food. For those of you who may have lost someone this year, either to COVID or anything else, my love goes out to you even more. To the rest, reflect on the positive things that did happen during this difficult period and let us all look toward the new year. Vaccinations will soon be made available, even if we need to be cautious at first. And I know that if we can look at things and each other differently from before, learning something new about how we spend our time and money, then things will get back on the right track.

Thank you so much for reading this and supporting me and my art.

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