After the holidays… and a new year.

It’s been a while since I wrote… I was incredibly busy before the holidays, then incredibly busy while visiting my sister in New Jersey over the holidays, then even more busy after I returned home. I don’t mind all the busy-ness, but it does cut into my painting time, and that I mind.

But I’ve been giving all this some real thought lately. I need the balance between the business of art and the making of art, and am definitely not one of those artists who wants to just paint all day, every day. I think I would learn to hate painting if I did that. So I have come to realize that comparing myself to other artists who paint all the time – and thinking I should do the same – or believing the statement I read in a book once that an artist must invest 10,000 hours in order to really master his/her artistic skill… well, that just isn’t the way I see things. So, I’m cutting myself some slack. What I want and need is to simply experience joy in my process, no matter what my process looks like. And my process is to have balance between right and left brain activities.

Speaking of process… I finally finished a painting I started months ago but didn’t complete because of all the busy-ness that took so much of my time, but I finished it recently. Under each step shown below, I explain what I was looking to do in that part of my process. I took a photo of a pier during a gorgeous sunset in Edmonds, WA – the light was spectacular, and I wanted to capture it as best I could. I think I succeeded… do you?

Painting the Edmonds sunsetlI’m planning on entering this painting in the Northwest Watercolor Society 2013 Open Exhibition. I would love to be accepted, but… you just never know. It’s always such a subjective thing, and what might be one juror’s dream painting may be another juror’s nightmare. I will let you know how things turn out… wish me luck!

I start my “Watercolor for Beginners: Beyond the Basics” 6-week course at Kaewyn Gallery in Bothell, WA on Tuesday, February 12th at 10:30 a.m. (see the sidebar on my home page). I’m excited about this new course… the people confirmed to take the class are so much fun. Can’t wait to spend time with them again. Do join us if you can.

That’s it for now. Cheers… and happy painting!

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