|1 of 30, French Vines, 8x10" Oil on Panel|
Yea! Finally back at my blog again. Nothing like the 30 in 30 Challenge to get me going again. This month will be a mix of landscapes and pet portraits. A reprise of "Precious Pets & Places".
Being a full time artist is a blessing and a challenge. I am torn between settling in to paint and "waiting for my family to need me". As a reformed stay at home mom with a 26 year old daughter, it's really time for me to get over that. (Sigh.) This week I am also dealing with the death of the air conditioner in my studio, with no hope of replacement until after Labor Day. I did manage to score a 25,000 BTU unit though, merely because it was lost on the top shelf at Lowes & I just happened to meet the associate who noticed it...
I am blessed to have a 1400 sq ft studio that I share with a really nice guy. Thankfully he agreed to share the cost of replacing the ac unit. This is the third unit in 12 years. This month I am celebrating 15 total years at Essex Studios. I committed to a studio on 9/11/01, after seeing the World Trade Center get hit by those planes. Amazing how the time has flown.
Today's image was painted in a workshop with Bill Farnsworth. I met bill in France, where I took a workshop with him. This image was taken just down the street from where we all stayed at Haut Baran. I really recommend William & Rosalee Haas as hosts. It is a beautiful area to paint.
|Working from photo reference|
So here's to September and the 30/30 challenge! Stay tuned.
I am grateful for the many blessings of my life as it is today.