After sending my oldest daughter away to college, I finally had some more free time on my hands, so I decided to re-focus on my lifelong passion for art. I have a steady request for dog portraits and now am expanding my subject list and medium. I have also exhibited at the Watercolor Society of San Diego gallery—in addition, I am a member of the National Watercolor Society.
Isn't it amazing at where our art will take us. I have been painting for years but always alone in a little corner of our guest bedroom.
Since making a studio and taking over a whole room and breaking out of my little world and sharing my love of art, it has given me the freedom to grow in my art and in friendship with others who love art as well.
A friend of my daughter was in need of home and has taken up residence in our guest room. She is in college and often studies in my studio while I work or paint. What really surprised me is that she asked to paint along with me. I laugh because neither one of my daughters, who are tremendous supporters of mine, were ever interested in painting with me.
Alyssa's first painting turned out beautifully and she confessed to me yesterday that she can't wait to start another painting. Aawwh, I think she's addicted. You all know how it gets in your blood and just becomes a natural part of your life. Another artist is born. :)
In the meantime, she's been watching me struggle with the same painting as I paint and then strip off what I just painted over and over. I think as an artist, at least for me, I would like to take it to the next level, move forward and not backward. So, I'm pushing myself harder to get to the place where I love what's in front of me, like this chair, for instance, a little area of the painting I love.