The Other Side

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Bunny Brunch, A Joyful Brush online lesson, 16X16, oil, information

Such a crazy time we are navigating. Each day is like adjusting to life on a new planet. Each foray into the news is terrifying, and leaves me shaken, so I’ve tried to only check headlines a few times a day to make sure I don’t miss urgent updates. I know we will all come out on the other side of this, but I’m missing my friends. A friend who lost her sweet pup recently, how I wish I could give her a hug today. Another friend who lost her job as an art teacher and was terrified, but then had a family member step forward to help. How I wish I could come to her studio and visit, to do something to let her know how important and valuable her creations are. Another friend who is alone in England, a former journalist and pen pal, who said because of her hearing loss, phone calls are making this time of isolation very difficult for her. She went to sit in her car the other day, to break the quiet monotony of her days. How many friends are alone in this, afraid, and needing help? Perhaps I’ll never know.

When we do come out on the other side, I have a lot of catching up to do, a lot of comforting to give, and a new appreciation of how important these shining souls are in life, my friends. There is one thing this virus cannot take away from us – it cannot separate us from love. It cannot distance us from hope. And it cannot stop art.


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Nancy Medina

Nancy is a master signature artist and instructor with over 1800 online students from around the world. She has worked with Disney, served on the art faculty of the Dallas Arboretum, and teaches workshops in France, Italy and across the US. More about Nancy

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  1. thank you Nancy for your free lesson, I watched it in Australia, and it was wonderful. I have often wanted to try your courses and didn’t know how it would work long distance via facebook.You are a treasure to so many people, it has been amazing you doing these lessons to put some joy in others lives at this terrible time, your smile, talent and sense of humour certainly put some sunshine in our lives,love the pugs and the Camera Man too, thank you all my very best wishes to you and your Family xxxx

    • Jan I’m glad you enjoyed it! In the online classes, you will get a view of the reference material and the painting palette as I work, also. Sending hugs to you from afar!

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