Tuesday, June 13, 2017

I've Been "Resting"

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.


Joy Journal: Two of my paintings sold!!


Lynda Moseley said...

I am in the same boat (no pun intended), Ernie. I was involuntarily retired, lost my will to do much of anything creative. I don't even have any polymer clay on hand any longer, and haven't worked with it in two years. I need to get back to it, but I just can't find the spark. I am glad you have, though. I am in awe of artists who paint. My mother is one, but she doesn't work in watercolor, and I adore watercolors. You are my favorite watercolor artist. "Resting" and the one with the old truck are my favorites! I will be watching to see what new things you create, my friend!

Krafty Kat said...

I love watching you learn and grow, Ernie. You are one of the most talented people I know in so many different ways. You inspire me. Maybe not to the point of actually getting stuff of my own done and restarting my own blog, but, you know, some. :)

Sherry Cote said...

I'm glad that you're starting your blog again. I love hearing your stories and seeing your art, and watching you change and grow as an artist. BTW, hooray for your two sales.

Anonymous said...

You are one remarkable lady and I love keeping up with what you're doing. Glad to have you blogging again! ��
Sandy K.

Odd Chick said...

This painting is outstandingly lovely. It makes me want to linger there. I'm glad you're blogging again. It's nice to "hear" your voice.

jessica said...

I really love this painting, Ernie. As you know, I think bright is best for watercolor and your color choices here are wonderful.