Ok, so maybe "temporary" was somewhat of an understatement. It's been two years. But I'm considering restarting.
Retirement suits me. I never liked my job. I loved the friends I made on the job. But the job itself, not so much. But the money was good. And I miss that. But I don't miss the job.
I've rediscovered painting. I had been "painting buddies" with a friend here in my town and I loved having someone to talk with and discuss painting with and throw paint on paper with and critique paintings with, well, you get the idea. But she moved. She announced one day, out the clear blue, that she and her husband had decided to move to Asheville, NC. And just like that they moved. She listed her house and sold it almost immediately. And, boom, my painting buddy was gone.
And I kind of lost my will to paint. But I was asked to do a show at our local art center and one of the conditions was that I had to use paintings that had never been displayed there. And I didn't have very many of those! So we agreed that it would be a 3 person show and I set about to get some paintings done. Even then I procrastinated and didn't start on them for a long, long time. I finished the last painting the night before I needed to deliver them to the center! And now I'm energized again to paint. I'll have to go through my old posts to make sure I haven't already shared some of them with you but until then I hope you enjoy my painting shown above, "Resting", a 16x20 watercolor done on Arches 140 lb. cold pressed watercolor paper.