Painting the day away a relaxing pandemic hobby

OTTAWA – Painting can be very relaxing and for this reason more and more people are using brushes this year.

JoAnne Simon is one of those people.

“I would have dinner first thing in the morning just to make sure I could paint all day,” she says.

Painting is something Simon would never be interested in, but when the COVID-19 pandemic hit she had more time to try a new hobby.

“It’s been a really great emotional release for me,” says Simon. “I had time to sit in my own room long enough to see what I wanted to do in the first place. I know it was hard for people and I have great empathy, but it was really good for me to have the chance to catch up a bit and find out what I like to do. “

Like most people who picked up new hobbies during the pandemic, Simon says her newfound talent is something she will do for years to come.

“I have no intention of ever quitting. Absolutely. It’s a great place for me to express my feelings in what I think is a really healthy and creative way. I love it.”

Art supplies sales have grown steadily, so it’s no surprise that Amanda Gorman at Wallacks Art Supplies says it’s the busiest in a while.

“It just started,” says Gorman. “Everyone was stuck inside looking for a new hobby, and painting, drawing and printing became it. So we’ve seen a pretty big increase in sales. “

Painting is much more than just putting paint on canvas. There’s a reason so many are choosing to pick up a paintbrush for the first time.

“It’s so therapeutic,” says Gorman. “You are stuck in your house; You don’t have the same access to friends and family that you normally would. This has become a really great market for people. “

Using painting as a base is exactly what Simon did.

“My brother died in 2018 and he was a musician and I adore him,” says Simon. “And so, if you notice, the guitar has no strings. That’s what I call “Unfinished Song”. (The pictures) mean a lot to me. There is a story behind them. “

The cordless guitar that JoAnne Simon painted for her late brother.

“I would highly recommend, if you have this time, use it to find out what you like,” says Simon. “And you don’t necessarily have to know, you just do it and it might surprise you because it surely surprised me.”

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