|Megabugalypse. Acrylics. March 2012.|
I was enjoying it, and my sister AJ had told me she thought that I had more talent for painting than with pencil drawing. Since she is the one with the innate artistic talent (which she relegates to hobby status), and I’ve had to work very hard to get any good, it carried some serious weight with me. Her assessment that I had some natural talent with painting was so encouraging that I started painting regularly.
The reason for the sparse amount of painting in the last six years is simple and common. The 1st five of those years, I had a live-in fiancé, and among the things I let slide in order to make time for him etc, were painting and reading. Thinking about it now I realize what a mistake it was for me to have done that, I should have made time for everything I love. While we were together, I painted about twice, probably both in the last year. In the 10 months since the split, I’ve done two painting sessions, once shortly after Christmas when my youngest sister (we’ll call her N in the blog, & I’ll refer to the sister between AJ & N as H), well N got me a set of paint brushes and a set of acrylic paints for Christmas, since most of my art supplies are in storage (which is about 200 miles from where I live) and I won’t be able to get them back until my next move (when the lease is up). This March painting session was done while still staying at my mom’s. I keep wanting to paint lately but I can’t bring myself to imagine enjoying painting this small cluttered space. And wow do I miss my easel! Once in better digs, I plan to make painting a regular thing.
Megabugalypse, above, was inspired by the crazy bug that wound up in the painting below, Bug by the Lake. I’ve never painted anything like Megabugalypse before and while working on him I rediscovered just how much I truly do enjoy painting. All three of these were quick spontaneous pieces done just for practice. Admittedly, I’m more used to painting with watercolors so there was a real challenge to this.
|Bug by the Lake. Acrylics. March 2012.|
|Bridge Portal. Acrylics. March 2012|
Who else finds themselves letting things like painting, or reading or some other thing they love, slide for the sake of something they later realize they didn’t have to let interfere to such a degree?